International Self-Development Conference First Time In Turkey
Schedule
2nd DAY SCHEDULE
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* LOCATION: GRAND CEVAHIR HOTEL / ISTANBUL Click here for the map
* There is going to be simultaneous translation at the conference.
* The prices of the daily reservations include lunch.
* If you are coming out of Istanbul, you can get more information about your accommodation from betul@gch.com.tr
** Grup indirimleri ve toplu rezervasyon gibi isteklerinizi 0543 268 5424 numaralı telefondan gerçekleştirebilirsiniz.

SATURDAY | 10:30 - 12:00

Vibrant Sound Healing
Workshop
Kaia NIGHTINGALE

Kaia's initial explorations in yoga and meditation in the early 70s took her to seminars around Europe, then out to India, where she spent 12 years in meditation, exploring consciousness, clearing karma, and studying advanced yogic practice. During this time she had a profound kundalini awakening, which took a decade to integrate. Her personal experience, BSc and MA degrees in psychology, and scientific research created a foundation for her spiritual counseling, her DVD "Spiritual Emergence" and her book "Journey Through Transformation."

Born in a musical family, she started piano classes at age- 4. Over the next 20 years explored several wind and string instruments, percussion and chanting and performed internationally. She now uses these skills for group healing and raising consciousness. Her CD Inner Quiet has received praise from many for its ability to release stress and improve sleep patterns.
Kaia has been teaching and leading workshops since 1986, using words of inspiration, yoga, qigong, sound, and silence to deepen people's meditative experience. Her spiritual counseling integrates yogic practice, shamanic medicine, Byron Katie's work, art therapy, EFT, sand tray therapy, and energy work to clear unhealed experiences and bring people to their full potential.
In answer to calls from a troubled humanity and mother earth, Kaia is increasingly focusing on integrating our spiritual awareness with our daily lifestyles. She co-founded Transition Ottawa, built a solar powered cabin, and trained in permaculture design. She is presently co-creating an eco-community, discovering ways to live a joyous, peaceful, loving co-existence with nature and all beings - to build heaven on earth.
 
Revitalize, awaken and align your energy field with chakra toning, meridian tapping, fire breath, qigong and rhythmic chanting for a fun, energizing, empowering tune-up! Standing movement and breath work, sitting chakra toning and chanting, final guided meditation with choice to lie down, sit or stand.
Transformational Breathing
Explanation, Main Headings… Duration: 15 minutes I. Section A- What is Transformational Breathing B- What are the three stages of transformational breathing? PHYSICAL DIMENSION: -Muscle of diaphragm serving for breathing and the way it works -The significance of breathing for our body -limited breathing habits and their negative impacts upon the body MENTAL DIMENSION: -fears, anxieties, transformation of negative patterns of thought and belief -cleaning of the subconscious -cleaning of birth traumas -liberation from restrictive mental thoughts PSYCHIC DIMENSION: Perfect connection with our essence C- We live just as we breathe… Breathing analysis Breathing analysis through a demo with a volunteer; looking at the way that person breathes and conversation about life experiences II. Section Practice With breathing coaches Place: Saloon. Duration: 15 minutes. Framework: Seating Arrangement according to chairs. Joyful breathing with those wanting to have such an experience.
Spiral Fire – Kundalini Yoga to Transform Your Body, Mind, & Life
Workshop
Ana BRETT & Ravi SINGH

With 45+ years combined teaching experience, internationally celebrated yoga Teachers, Ana Brett & Ravi Singh, remain fresh in their quest to keep innovating with new methods, approaches, depth and insight. These accomplished Teaches are known for their ability in helping students make consistent and dramatic breakthroughs in their lives.

Ana and Ravi’s signature style of Kundalini Yoga is an athletic type of yoga which covers the most important fitness fundamentals. It combines breath and movement for a body sculpting, aerobic, and spiritually uplifting experience! Its secret surprise is the way in which it motivates the body to burn calories through its work on the endocrine system!  Authors of 22 best-selling DVD’s, Ana & Ravi lead practitioners into a deeper experience of yoga/fitness. Their workshops focus on inner and outer strength, endurance, and self-regeneration and feature exercises ANYONE can do. Think of those special days when you feel on top of everything, a day when everything flows and beauty abounds! Their workouts put those types of special days on speed dial!

Ana and Ravi are the authors of 24 DVD's and and a forthcoming book (The Kundalini Yoga Book) They have  trained over 300 practicing Kundalini Yoga Teachers. Their clients have included Olympic Athletes and celebrities such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Madonna, Sting, and The Red Hot Chili Peppers. They travel extensively teaching workshops, conferences and retreats worldwide. Their approach is powerful, poetic, meditative, moving, and fun.

In a Ana & Ravi class or workshop you will:  Get a full body workout. Learn the purpose of each exercise on every level: body, mind and spirit. Share in Ana & Ravi's in-depth knowledge of physical anatomy and its metaphysical counterparts. Learn how to modify an exercise to minimize physical discomfort, maximize results.  Be assured of Ana & Ravi's personal concern for your well being. Receive modifications for each exercise so you can always participate. Experience a sonic healing to the transcendent sounds of live gong music. Participate in uplifting chants and group meditations

"Our primary objective", say Ana & Ravi, "is to help people learn to live a healthy and happy, more peaceful life that continues to challenge them to grow.  We teach a system of exercise,meditation, and living that fully integrates the body, mind, and spirit."

Spiral Fire – Kundalini Yoga to Transform Your Body, Mind, & Life The spiral form is an energy configuration which is holographic. It maintains coherence as it expands through time, space, and scale. Kundalini energy expresses itself in spirals. Kundalini is the common denominator for all forms of healing, inspiration, self-growth, and Spiritual awakening. It’s the energy of life itself. In this workshop you will experience Kundalini Yoga exercises and Meditation to help us access the energy of inner greatness and blossom! Get ready to make the types of personal breakthroughs you never thought you could make. Expand your range of movement physically, mentally, and beyond. 80% physical 20% meditative. FOR ALL LEVELS.

SATURDAY | 1:00 - 1:45 PM

Alternative Healing for cardiovascular diseases: (Dr. Bingur Sonmez, Dr. Erol Can and Dr. Neslihan Iskit)
Seminar
Dr. Bingur SÖNMEZ

After graduating in 1976 from the Medical Faculty of İstanbul University, he completed his expertise education in the same faculty. He worked as a heart surgery assistant in London St. Thomas Hospital and as a research assistant at the Rayne Institute. In the same hospital, he received an education on coronary surgery for 3 years.

He worked at prominent institutions like İstanbul University Institute of Cardioloy, Florence Nightingale Hospital and Kadir Has University Medical Faculty. And since 2001, he has been working as the Head of Heart Surgery in the Memorial Hospital.
He is married and has two children. Domestically and internationally, he has more than a hundred publications, eight chapters in five books. His books are Radial Arter Greft Hazırlanması (Radial Arter Graft Preparation), Kalp Yogası (Heart Yoga) ve Ateşe Dönen Dünya: Sarıkamış (The World Transformed into Fire: Sarıkamış). He serves in the editorial boards of various medical journals and contributes to all cinematic, documentary and bibliographic studies on Sarıkamış, working also as a scientific consultant in this respect. He has carried out more than 13,000 open heart surgeries.
He is keen on computers, good at skiing. Underwater sports is his favorite.
He is an amateur illusionist.
He plays the shepherd’s pipe.
In his free time, he carries out surgeries.
He does not like losing patients.
Since he does not like operations ending with death, he says “No to Wars”.
He is the member of 24 national and international associations.
 
This session will include a lecture focusing on alternative healings for heart diseases such as heart yoga and musiki music. Short demonstrations will follow after the talk.
Research Study: The Effect of Meditation on Cancer
Seminar
Alejandro CHAOUL, Ph.D. Alejandro Chaoul is currently an assistant professor at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center where he conducts research using mind-body techniques with cancer patients, and holds group and individual meditation classes and clinic for cancer patients and their support system at the Integrative Medicine Center. Alejandro is also an associate faculty member at The McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics, where he teaches medical students in the areas of spirituality, complementary and integrative medicine, and end of life care. Alejandro was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, were he completed up to High School studies. He continued his college education in the U.S.A. obtaining a BA in Philosophy and a BS in Mass Communications from Boston University (1987). After traveling to India and Nepal and meeting Indian and Tibetan masters, including His Holiness the Dalai Lama, he studied under Tibetan lamas such as Yongdzin Tenzin Namdak, Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche and Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche. Inspired by this he pursued his academic studies in religious studies, focusing on Indo-Tibetan Buddhism, obtaining his MA at the University of Virginia (1999) and his PhD at Rice University (2006). He also continued his Tibetan contemplative practices training under the tutelage of Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche completing the 7-year training program at Ligmincha Institute in 1999 and the Three Door Seminar in 2011. Alejandro has been teaching Tibetan meditation and Tibetan yogic practices under the auspices of the Ligmincha Insititute in various parts of the U.S.A., Latin America and Europe. He has also taught at Rice University, the University of Houston and the Jung Center of Houston, and has been collaborating in the area of interfaith and contemplative practices at The Rothko Chapel, and is on the Board of the Boniuk Center for Religious Tolerance at Rice University.
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DETOX
Detoxification is the process of removing toxic substances from a person’s body. In the earlier years, detox was mostly known as a treatment for people suffering from drug or alcohol dependence. Today, however, it is also known as a safe and effective means of removing dietary toxins from the body. In cases where detox is used for alcohol rehabilitation, it is considered the initial step in the recovery process. There are detox or rehabilitation centers across the country that offer managed detoxification. There are others, though, who prefer to undergo the detox process outside of these centers. In cases like this, professional or medical advice is always needed, especially since this is normally done without expert supervision from a trained detox manager.

SATURDAY | 1:45 - 2:30 PM

Human Consciousness Decoded (HCD)
There are seven levels of one consciousness which are governing our micro existence as human beings. We decode these levels like the seven notes in a piece of music in order to understand the harmony and the message that lies beneath everything. Levels of consciousness express themselves by our basic survival drives up to love, abundance and oneness. The aim of Human Consciousness Decoded is to explain the language of the existence in order to create a fluent communication with our inner and outer environment. HCD align our nature consciously with the greater nature. By the guidance of the method one discovers why and how we think and behave in a certain way and learn how to shift it by modeling the laws of existence. HCD is a journey that facilitates the awakening of the sleeping giant; consciousness with a safe and gradual evolution. At the end of this evolution one becomes aware of that: I, consciousness and the existence are in fact the different wording of the same thing. The journey starts with an illusion of a giant that thinks that he is a dwarf. While the correction of this primal perception requires the evolution of the awareness, it finally eventuates to the expansion of the consciousness from whom we think to what we are.

SATURDAY | 2:45 AM - 3:45 PM

BREATH AND DHİKR
Breath is your life. Breath is the bridge between your consciousness and unconsciousness. This bridge should be used. And if it is used properly, it will easily take you to the other side. Sufis knew the significance of breath for healing. In order to overcome the resistance of defence mechanism during breath, they formed and used the techniques of dhikr. This work is an easy way to reconnnect with Truth by way of using both sacred words and breath. Breath is your life. Breath is the bridge between your consciousness and unconsciousness. This bridge should be used. And if it is used properly, it will easily take you to the other side. With the newly formed mood, it would be possible to be healed, find inner peace and realize your intentions. - Please come wearing comfortable clothes - Don’t come full; if you still wish to eat something before you come, please eat little.
Love, Unconditional Love, Divine Love, Love and Plants
Many may wonder about the relation between plants and the issue suggested in the heading. But if one really thinks, then it can be understood that there is indeed a relation between them. This seminar offers you much more than that; the door of the reality of a world, which you can’t even dream of, will be opened to you. Fears, solitude, desperateness, anger, rage and others are emotions and feelings that arise in situations where liking is in decrease. So, can we keep these emotions under control? You can do far more than that. Did you know that situations concerned with unconditional love, pain of love, being able to love and being able to be loved and more can be improved by taking help from nature? Did you know that this can make you closer to love yourself, love everything, to be loved and to share love? Everything in universe is embodied consciousness. This is also true for plants. Each of them has a personality and a consciousness. They are ready to help you attain universal consciousness, approach unconditional love and become conscious. This seminar will enable you to reconnect with nature and yourself and thus to be able to love more.
Upper Cervical Treatment - Hands on
Workshop
DR. Joseph & DR. Carolyn CLAUSS

Doctors Joseph and Carolyn Clauss have been practicing chiropractic for 25 years in their two offices located in Upstate New York. They specialize in holistic health, vitalism, nutrition, and upper cervical subluxation correction. Their specific techniques and clinical experience has empowered them to know that there is a great potential for the natural healing abilities that are driven by the innate intelligence and nervous system. Their Chiro passion is to serve others and assist as many as possible to restore their health and function at their optimal potential. In their 18th year in practice they delivered their one millionth adjustment! The doctors have lectured at chiropractic and health conferences, state and national chiropractic associations, and many colleges and universities throughout the US. Dr. Joe and Dr. Carolyn are founding members of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, and are certified by the American Naturopathic Board. In 2010, Dr. Joseph Clauss was honored by the New York State Chiropractic Council, and was presented with the Beacon award for “Chiropractor of the Year” in excellence and leadership. 

Dr. Carolyn Clauss before entering into the profession of chiropractic engaged in cancer research involving in vitro cell culture techniques. While researching, Dr. Carolyn was faced with a serious health challenge and a prognosis of surgical removal of the right kidney.  This challenge led her to spin not only her research in a 180 degree direction, but her whole outlook on life. By the recommendation of a dear friend she sought out chiropractic care.  Within months her health returned and so began her quest for a profession of chiropractic and natural health care. 
The Doctors have been best friends, husband and wife, and partners for 30 years.  They enjoy living on their organic farm in the Adirondack Mountains, homeschooling their three sons Joseph, Rocco, and Patrick. Presently, their vision is to continue educating about the vitalistic approach to health and chiropractic principles and the importance of the nervous system and its effects on the mind body connection and well being for all ages, worldwide.
 
The secrets of health from within and the benefits of upper cervical chiropractic technique and integrity of the brain stem and spinal nervous system will be explored. This workshop will break out the doctors will offer spinal analysis and adjustments to the participants of the conference and their children.
On Energy Medicine and Consciousness of Unity
Workshop
Yeliz RÜZGAR

 

Yeliz Rüzgar, a self-development and energy expert, works as a 4D (Four dimensional – Physical, Mental, Emotional, Spiritual) Energy Coach, benefiting from the quantum biofeedback analysis that can display people’s Auras and Chakras on the computer screen, thus enabling individuals to reach their optimum life potentials.  Her Inspire.Energize.Transform workshops inspire people to create purposeful change by expanding their vision of what is possible. Her unique offerings maximize potential through wisdom, wellness and insight. Furthermore, they empower people to create a lifestyle that supports their core purpose. She provides both effective tools and the direct experience to create lasting motivational change. Yeliz empowers clients to connect to their deepest self to inspire them to break-through to new levels of health, achievement and awareness. Yeliz Ruzgar has attained a BA in Business and several degrees in the field of Psychology both in Turkey and USA. She is specialized in business growth, marketing and wellness. She has coached individuals and businesses internationally, mostly United States and Turkey. She has studied and worked with such figures as Mark Victor Hansen, Deepak Chopra, Anthony Robbins,  Dr. Micheal Beckwith and Richard Bandler. She received certificates on such methods, which are alternative to science, like Matrix Energetics, Healing, Reiki,Deeksha, Macrobiotic Life, Ayurveda and Aura Video Systems. In 2006, she established a company of individual and organizational counseling, called Inneractive Enterprises – YR International in Los Angeles, California. In 2008, she put her signature to the organization of Yoga Health Festivals (under Toyota’s sponsorship) which made an overwhelming impression all over America. She worked with many celebrities' -Madonna, Al Pacino and Demi Moore- yoga instructors like Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa, Shiva Rea, Tommy Rosen, Kia Miller. In 2011, she participated in organizing the red carpet event of the movie Larry Crowne together with Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts, showing Hollywood that one can be a “star” with a simple and plain life style, thus entitled as the "Muse". Yeliz also took part in the GATE (the Global Alliance for Transformational Entertainment), founded under the leadership of John Raatz, Jim Carrey and Echart Tolle,  and also involved in many panel discussions and movie screenings on Life Style and Transformation.
She resides in Los Angeles and İstanbul and her motto for life is: There is no such thin as impossible. Even the word itself says I'M Possible. Dream, Wish, Plan,Commit, Act, Believe and be Patient!
NEURO – BIOLOGICAL TRANSFORMATION, HIPNOTATION and ONENESS BLESSING: Oneness Blessing has come to our planet in a time interval when we pass through an important phase of evolution. Our environment and social structure largely affect our personal and collective consciousness. We are all influenced by this process of purification and rejuvenation; in fact, we are that process itself! In harmony with this transition, Sri Bhagavan and his wife Sri Amma have bestowed us the Mukthi (Enlightenment) Union blessing, which we now know as Oneness Blessing, in order to help in the expansion of the collective Unity Consciousness. After a very short period of time, we will witness to whole humanity’s transition to the period we call as the “Golden Age of Unity”. Is Oneness Blessing particular to a special belief? Oneness Blessing does not belong to any religion, belief system or spiritual teaching. It is a universal, non-dogmatic energy that can be applied to anyone regardless of who s/he is. It functions in a unique and intelligent way in order to take you directly to the reality of your existence. Every day, all over the world, Oneness Blessing is given to thousands of people, regardless of their beliefs, religions, movements, races or nations. And to be given this, you need not change your religion or acquire a new guru. What is neurobiological transformation? Oneness Blessing balances the energy flowing from the (over-working) thought centers in the brain to the quiet centers of the frontal lobe. These "rejuvenated connections" of the brain set senses free from the intervention of the mind. Once senses are set free from the intervention of the mind, a natural, lucent ability of comprehension emerges, in company with the emotions of joy, internal peace, commitment and unity. It starts a neuro-biological transformation process in the brain and mobilizes the energy centers (chakras) in the body. This change in consciousness is balanced with the natural health of the body and healing energies. The brain of the individual is adapted to the field of unity, thus liberated from the "illusion of separation" created by the mind. Once it is adapted, the process of awakening takes one to a state of Unity, at the end of a long-term, generally beautiful and peaceful process. How does it match up with planetary change? Every individual, awakened to his/her original, real state, is in an interaction with the Whole and thus helps humanity moving towards a global transformation. The higher the number of people who arrive at the Unity Consciousness, the easier it is for others to arrive at it. Who can receive Oneness Blessing? People of every age can receive Oneness Blessing. Who can give Oneness Blessing? Everyone who participated either in the practitioner instructors’ seminar organized in Turkey or in the first level process organized in the Unity University of India can give Oneness Blessing. Then, a Oneness Blessing practitioner can mediate an energy and transfer it into a receiver. How can one transfer Oneness Blessing? What can I experience? The practitioner puts his/her hands on his/her head (on your crowne chakra) and transfers Oneness Blessing approximately during two to three minutes. The experiences during the transfer can change; it can sometimes be strong and sometimes subtle. Some receivers initially feel a tingling, some of them perceive a joyful energy flowing through their body. Or, you may not feel anything or its effect will be felt days later; this does not matter. It does not matter what you feel during the transfer; depending upon his/her nature, the receiver can be sure that a process that takes one to a gradual (or abrupt) awakening has really been started. The Benefits of Oneness Blessing: Spiritually and physically speaking, Oneness Blessing brings permanent benefits. With the first session, you feel yourself lighter and more free. It creates openings in your energy centers (chakras), which have a vital importance in your body, and balances them. Thanks to the neuro-biological affect it renders in the Brain (it has been fixed with an EEG measurement), it strengthens memory, stimulates intelligence and improves the capacity of concentration. Hence the brain, which has fallen into the alpha wave, effectively satisfies its need to rest. Oneness Blessing brings you to a tranquil, peaceful state of mind, enabling you to stay in the Moment. It heals emotional pains, thus bringing love to relationships. By creating a consciousness of Plenitude and Abundance, it makes you realize the blockages that prevent success. With the increase in the energy vibrations in your body, you become more powerful and energetic compared to before. The most important outcome of Oneness Blessing is that it makes you reach the Unity Consciousness and experience it directly. Can whole humanity pass through this change? Yes. According to Sri Bhagavan, this will happen if only just the %0,001 percentage of the whole world population, that is, 70,000 people awaken. Then, collective awareness will increase to such a level that all other people will be affected by it, leading to a collective enlightenment. Sri Bhagavan stated that if 700 people awakened, that would suffice for Turkey to reach enlightenment.

SATURDAY | 4:00 - 5:15 PM

SATURDAY | 5:30 - 7:00 PM

SPIRISTS AROUND THE TABLE (Sarah Sharabi, Nur Artiran, Esin Celebi, Alejandro Chaoul, Robert Boustany)
In these sessions, we will gather four separate teachings dwelling upon the soul. After the proponents of each teaching declare their own views on the theme of the day in accordance with their own beliefs, all the speakers will simultaneously answer the same questions from their perspectives. Participants will have the opportunity to look at the same concepts from four different directions. This will be the first forum of its kind in the world.

SATURDAY | 5:30 - 8:30 PM

Seminars on Expressive Art Therapies
Expressive Art Therapy is a method of self-help and a technique of pscyhotherapy, helping one to cope with his/her psychological problems, to understand who s/he is. It is an internal and external journey of change, a method of healing which, at the point where word comes to an end, digs down deep in the subconscious, helps us meet the child within ourselves and aims at healing past traumas. From painting to dance, music to drama, ritual to poetry, it includes within itself many different modalities. Expressive Art Therapy is an old method of healing that improves spontaneity and creativity, helps us recognize and understand our self, thus enabling us to lead a life with more self-consciousness, self-awareness and more meaning. Even though it is relatively a new current in psychotherapy, it is in fact a healing method as old as humankind. Through images and archetypes, it helps us go down into such depths to which we cannot have access by means of just speaking. The intended audience of this 6-week seminars on Expressive Art Therapy is senior students and master students of psychology departments and also psychologists. In these seminars, participants will set out on their internal journey, share common experiences within the group and learn such techniques which they can make use of in their personal developments. In these seminars, in which there will be a delicate balance between experimental practices and academic approaches, there will not only be a space for learning by practice those expressive art therapy modalities, but also for case studies. These seminars aim at both being a support/sharing group and an education group. Various holistic currents will also be included and we will dwell upon Jungian, Person-Oriented and Transpersonal currents.
Develop and Deepen your relationship with your spirit
Workshop
Ana FORREST

Ana Forrest has been changing people’s lives for nearly 40 years.  An internationally recognized pioneer in yoga and emotional healing, Ana created Forrest Yoga while working through her own healing from her life’s trauma and experience.  With thousands of licensed practitioners around the world, Forrest Yoga is renowned as an intensely physical, internally focused practice that emphasizes how to carry a transformative experience off the mat and into daily life.

 
By teaching asana, breath and an awareness of the movement of energy through the body, Ana teaches yoga from an intuitive and highly developed understanding of the human body and psyche.  With her meticulous guidance, Ana’s students cultivate an acute awareness of their own practice and life process, resulting in an exhilarating journey into self-discovery, cleansing and healing.  For Ana, this is her intent.  “In teaching Forrest Yoga, I am doing my part to mend the hoop of the people - to inspire people to clear through the stuff that hardens them and sickens their bodies so they can walk freely and lightly in a healing way, in a Beauty Way.”
 
Ana took her first yoga class at age 14 on a dare and became a certified instructor at age 18.  Her extensive study and clinical application of healing modalities, including homeopathic and naturopathic remedies, anatomy, reflexology, pressure point therapy, craniosacral therapies, Shiatsu, chiropractic, polarity and hands on healing, always informs her work.  In her life-long pursuit of becoming a better teacher and healer, Ana has undertaken intimate studies in Sweat Lodge, Pipe Ceremony, Vision Quest and Sundance with various Native American and African healers. 
 
Ana is an ordained practitioner of Native American Medicine, a Reiki Master, a Certified Regression Therapist, and a graduate of Anthony Robbins Master University.   She is a Faculty Member at The University of Bridgeport College of Chiropractic and sits on the Boards of F.A.R.E. Play (Foundation for Athletic Research and Education) and Earth & Sky Circle (organization for Native American Ceremony).  She is the recipient of a Los Angeles Mayoral Commendation recognizing her outstanding teaching and healing work in the community, the first time a major U.S. city bestowed such an honor on a yogi or yogini.  Ana is a regular contributor to Yoga Journal and a consultant to the USAF 48th Fighter Wing (RAF Lakenheath, UK), Exalted Warrior Foundation (Tampa, FL) and hiwecanhelp.org (Newcastle, UK).
 
Ana has generated extensive worldwide media coverage.  She continues to teach throughout the year around the world.  Her book, Fierce Medicine: Breakthrough Practices to Heal the Body and Ignite the Spirit, (HarperOne) was released May 2011.

 

We often live in a way that entraps our Spirit and confines it to a small space within our body. Learn how to use Forrest Yoga (with breath and asanas) to create a safe space for your Spirit to live more freely and fully in your body. Strengthen your relationship with your Spirit and walk through life as your Spirit dictates.

SATURDAY | 5:30 - 7:00 PM

Kundalini Yoga - Move Your Energy, Move Your Life
Workshop
Ana BRETT & Ravi SINGH

With 45+ years combined teaching experience, internationally celebrated yoga Teachers, Ana Brett & Ravi Singh, remain fresh in their quest to keep innovating with new methods, approaches, depth and insight. These accomplished Teaches are known for their ability in helping students make consistent and dramatic breakthroughs in their lives.

Ana and Ravi’s signature style of Kundalini Yoga is an athletic type of yoga which covers the most important fitness fundamentals. It combines breath and movement for a body sculpting, aerobic, and spiritually uplifting experience! Its secret surprise is the way in which it motivates the body to burn calories through its work on the endocrine system!  Authors of 22 best-selling DVD’s, Ana & Ravi lead practitioners into a deeper experience of yoga/fitness. Their workshops focus on inner and outer strength, endurance, and self-regeneration and feature exercises ANYONE can do. Think of those special days when you feel on top of everything, a day when everything flows and beauty abounds! Their workouts put those types of special days on speed dial!

Ana and Ravi are the authors of 24 DVD's and and a forthcoming book (The Kundalini Yoga Book) They have  trained over 300 practicing Kundalini Yoga Teachers. Their clients have included Olympic Athletes and celebrities such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Madonna, Sting, and The Red Hot Chili Peppers. They travel extensively teaching workshops, conferences and retreats worldwide. Their approach is powerful, poetic, meditative, moving, and fun.

In a Ana & Ravi class or workshop you will:  Get a full body workout. Learn the purpose of each exercise on every level: body, mind and spirit. Share in Ana & Ravi's in-depth knowledge of physical anatomy and its metaphysical counterparts. Learn how to modify an exercise to minimize physical discomfort, maximize results.  Be assured of Ana & Ravi's personal concern for your well being. Receive modifications for each exercise so you can always participate. Experience a sonic healing to the transcendent sounds of live gong music. Participate in uplifting chants and group meditations

"Our primary objective", say Ana & Ravi, "is to help people learn to live a healthy and happy, more peaceful life that continues to challenge them to grow.  We teach a system of exercise,meditation, and living that fully integrates the body, mind, and spirit."

When our energy moves, our life moves, in new and surprising ways. Energy is our Destiny. Its source is our ultimate destination. Our relationship with energy determines the quality and course of our lives. Kundalini Yoga is the science of angles and triangles, and how energy directed along certain lines becomes exponential. In this workshop we will experience special Kundalini kriyas and Meditation to put our inner energies in order and access new levels of strength and abundance, to heal ourselves and heal the world. 85% physical and 15% meditative.
Learn To Fly
Introductory Restorative and Acrobatic Yoga Training: Have you heard about flying partner yoga or seen the amazing pictures of people suspending and stretching and playing together with this fun and liberating practice? Well now’s your chance to try it out! This seminar will serve as an introduction to this very joyful discipline that blends the spiritual wisdom of yoga, the loving kindness of Thai massage, and the dynamic power of Acrobatics. Working together, we will cultivate trust, strength, and flexibility. The seminar will cover flying safely, the basic postures of restorative and therapeutic partner yoga, the basic principles of flying, basing and spotting properly, and it’ll be REALLY fun.

SATURDAY | 7:15 - 8:30 PM

Bon Meditations
Workshop
Alejandro CHAOUL, Ph.D. Alejandro Chaoul is currently an assistant professor at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center where he conducts research using mind-body techniques with cancer patients, and holds group and individual meditation classes and clinic for cancer patients and their support system at the Integrative Medicine Center. Alejandro is also an associate faculty member at The McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics, where he teaches medical students in the areas of spirituality, complementary and integrative medicine, and end of life care. Alejandro was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, were he completed up to High School studies. He continued his college education in the U.S.A. obtaining a BA in Philosophy and a BS in Mass Communications from Boston University (1987). After traveling to India and Nepal and meeting Indian and Tibetan masters, including His Holiness the Dalai Lama, he studied under Tibetan lamas such as Yongdzin Tenzin Namdak, Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche and Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche. Inspired by this he pursued his academic studies in religious studies, focusing on Indo-Tibetan Buddhism, obtaining his MA at the University of Virginia (1999) and his PhD at Rice University (2006). He also continued his Tibetan contemplative practices training under the tutelage of Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche completing the 7-year training program at Ligmincha Institute in 1999 and the Three Door Seminar in 2011. Alejandro has been teaching Tibetan meditation and Tibetan yogic practices under the auspices of the Ligmincha Insititute in various parts of the U.S.A., Latin America and Europe. He has also taught at Rice University, the University of Houston and the Jung Center of Houston, and has been collaborating in the area of interfaith and contemplative practices at The Rothko Chapel, and is on the Board of the Boniuk Center for Religious Tolerance at Rice University.
Tibetan Bon meditation is one of Tibet's oldest Buddhist traditions. As mind-body practice, it uses the breath to first calm the mind and body, and then you work with the breath to form sacred sounds to release obstacles in your life (that may be physical, emotional, mental, and/or spiritual) and permit centering. Sound acts as a connector, allowing dialogue between the mind and body, explains Alejandro Chaoul, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Integrative Medicine Program at M. D. Anderson. Chaoul says the vocalized sounds are called sacred because they are a way of connecting to yourself in a deeper way. They help to clear away obstacles in order to achieve a more balanced life. The idea is to clear away the uncomfortable relationship the practitioner has with these obstacles, acknowledging, but not judging them. Once that space has been created, there is room for nurturing to move in, taking the form of love, joy, compassion, etc. In this conference we can particularly focus on cultivating love, the immeasurable, unconditional love. The next step is to bring to bring that love and the qualities gained from the meditative practice into the one's everyday life, when and where it is needed most. See www.youtube.com/watch?v=5NSfvudvvSc
Elixir of Youth: Balance
What do you think is the most difficult thing to achieve nowadays? “Balance”. Balance in relationships, work-life balance, etc. we can add many more to this list. Being capable of finding the balance within in any circumstances is the key to the overall balance. We need to awaken the spirit, mind and body and keep them awake. This workshop will be combination of dance with stability balls, Pilates and yoga. It will challenge the balance of the three: spirit-mind-body. It is not only a fun cardio-workout, but it is also an experience that will help you to strengthen your confidence and get rid of your fears. If you have any injuries, you need to be careful in the cardio section. However, at the end of the workshop, you will feel like you’ve just had some “elixir of youth”. This workshop is limited to only 40 people.