Yoga: Science of Infinite Possibilities (Yoga and Mental Health)

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Santa Sabina College, 90 The Boulevarde, Sydney, NSW, Australia
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The Vedanta Centre of Sydney in collaboration with the Vivekananda Yoga Research Foundation (VYASA), Bangalore, India is going to conduct a 2-day Yoga Conference on 16th and 17th November 2013. The theme ‘Yoga: Science of Infinite Possibilities: 2013’ has been set for the Conference with an emphasis on ‘Yoga and Mental Health’. Talks by eminent speakers, workshops conducted by skilled resource persons and panel discussions on Yoga Psychology, Therapy and Mental Health, Practice of Mindfulness, Treatment of mental disorders, Ayurvedic Therapy for Mental health, Yogic Management of Anxiety, Depression and other Disorders and the latest science will form the foundation of the weekend conference. In addition, this Conference represents a unique and priceless opportunity to provide a professional development opportunity to yoga teachers, especially in the field of mental health. 16 – 17 November 2013 (Saturday and Sunday) Venue: Santa Sabina College 90 The Boulevarde, Strathfield, NSW 2135   Rates:   16th November       $150  ($125*) 17th November       $150  ($125*) Both Days               $220   ($250*)   * Early Bird – before 15th October   SPEAKERS / WORKSHOP FACILITATORS Dr. H R Nagendra – ME, PhD Vice-Chancellor, S-VYASA University,Bengaluru,India Dr. Nagendra, a former space scientist at NASA, returned to his native India, changing, as he says, from engineering to human engineering “in search of truth.” Dr. Nagendra is at present the President of VYASA, Bangalore, and Vice Chancellor of S-VYASA University. He has authored and co-authored about 35 books on yoga, nearly 35 research papers in engineering and 85 in yoga. He has awards from the Ministry of Health, a Yoga Sri award from BKS Iyengar and a senior Citizens award from New Delhi. He is consultant in Yoga to many Universities in Australia and USA, member of several bodies in the Government of India. His aim is to combine the Best of East with the Best of West by combining modern scientific research to examine the efficacy of yoga to solve the challenges of the modern era. Short Contents on Workshop   a. Integrated Approach of Yoga Therapy   b. Yoga and Mental Health: Future Trends in Yoga Research (Workshop)   c. Yogic Management of Digestive Disorders (Workshop)   Dr. B N Gangadhar – MBBS, MD Professor, Dept. of Psychiatry, & Program Director, Advanced Centre for Yoga,  NIMHANS, Bengaluru Dr. B. N. Gangadhar obtained MD in 1981 from national Institute of Mental health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS), premier Psychiatry Institute in India.  He has been a faculty in the same Institute since then. Currently, he is a professor of Psychiatry. He was also the Medical Superintendent of NIMHANS hospital till Jan 2010. He has published over 240 scientific articles in peer-reviewed national and International journals. His research areas include ECT, rTMS & Yoga, Schizophrenia and Community Psychiatry. He heads an advanced center for Yoga therapy at NIMHANS. He has coordinated the development and design of a patented indigenous ECT machine. He has received the prestigious Sir CV Raman award in 1999 and the BC Roy award in 2010 by the Karnataka Government. He is also the Fellow of National Academy of Medical Sciences. He has guided four PhDs and nearly 20 MD dissertations. Dr Gangadhar is the associate editor of Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica and a coeditor for the Asian Journal of Psychiatry. He has traveled widely on scientific agenda and has served on organizations like WHO. Short Contents on Workshop   a. Yoga and Mental Health: Mechanisms   b. Yogic Management of Parkinson's Disease & Dementia   Dr. Chien Hoong Gooi – BCom, BSc (Hons), MSc, DClinPsych Clinical Psychologist I am particularly interested in working with adults experiencing stress and anxiety, and also work with adults experiencing grief and loss. My specialty is in the integration of mindfulness-based interventions with Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. I conduct regular workshops and courses on mindfulness and have been invited to present on topics relating to mindfulness, anxiety and grief locally and overseas. I also assist individuals who are seeking to enrich their lives and overall well-being  I have previously worked in specialised units in anxiety disorders and also bereavement, and held a research and program development role at The University of Sydney Counselling and Psychological Services. For enquiries or to book an appointment, please call (02) 8068 4361. Short Contents on Workshop   a. Practice of Mindfulness in the Treatment of Anxiety Disorders.   Dr. Rishi Vivekananda Dr Rishi Vivekananda is a senior Acharya from the Satyananda Yoga lineage. Most recently, Rishi Vivekananda has been traveling, as an teacher of yoga, yoga-tantra and other systems of self-development that lead to greater self-awareness and self-mastery. Swami Shankardev has 35 years of experience in a medical and yoga therapy setting. He has been given the mission to teach advanced principles of yoga-tantra and meditation and to integrate these principles and techniques into a western medical setting. He has helped thousands of people to understand and experience the mind-body connection and to regain health, mental peace and spiritual awareness. India Swami Shankardev graduated in medicine from Sydney University in 1976 and then traveled to live in India for 10 years at the Bihar School of Yoga where he studied yoga and yoga therapy under the direct guidance of Swami Satyananda. During this time he was trained to teach advanced practices of yoga-tantra and wrote several books on yoga and yoga therapy published by the Bihar School of Yoga (see below). He played a role in the development of the Satyananda (Bihar) Yoga system up to 1985. Research He returned to Australia in 1985 to conduct research into the physiology of yoga at the university of NSW, completing a Master of Science degree in 1990. He is still engaged in researching the combination of yoga, meditation and eastern methods of healing with modern western medical science. Medical Practice His holistic general medical practice specializes in mind-body medicine and the treatment of all kinds of chronic physical and psychological conditions. He integrates western psychological medicine and psychotherapy with eastern methods of mind-body development. Modalities used include Western and Ayurvedic medicine, counseling, psychotherapy, hypnosis, yoga therapy and several forms of meditation. He believes in health education as a means to empower people to take more conscious control of their lives. Seminars and Workshops Since 1976 Swami Shankardev has toured extensively and taught throughout India, Europe, the USA and Australia. Between 2001 – 2006 he traveled as an ambassador for the Bihar School of Yoga throughout the USA and South America. He teaches yoga, meditation, yoga therapy, yoga psychology, philosophy, psychotherapy, Ayurveda and healing. He is known for his capacity to communicate complex esoteric concepts with simplicity and ease, and with humor and compassion.   Ms. Janet Lowndes Janet Lowndes is a therapist with over 20 years experience providing counselling, training, and consultation. Her professional practice includes psychological counselling, meditation, yoga teaching, and yoga therapy. Janet’s work is motivated by a fundamental interest in people, and a belief in the innate strength and wisdom we all all share. After university studies in Psychology and Philosophy Janet’s early professional experience was in the areas of youth, community, and womens health, the prison system, and with young offenders. She then moved into private practice and continued to work with adolescents and adults, particularly those with eating disorders, weight management concerns, and behavioural difficulties. After 10 years practicing psychology Janet travelled to India to explore her personal studies of Yoga. While in India she spent time in a Yoga ashram, and also taught English to Buddhist monks. These experiences were life-changing, exposing Janet to philosophies of integrative wisdom which assist people to live in harmony with the world around them. Janet discovered in her Yoga studies a traditional approach to understanding the human mind. The system of Yogic Psychology is a powerful influence for Janet’s practice, exploring the nature of the mind, the way we relate to our inner and outer environments, the mind-body connection, and strategies for enhancing personal wellbeing. Today, Janet’s professional practice is focussed on working with people addressing aspects of their lives affecting health and wellbeing. This includes eating disorders, weight management and body image concerns, depression, and anxiety. Janet’s approach treats the individual as a whole, rather than focussing merely on conditions or symptoms they may be experiencing. This approach is health-enhancing, aimed at promoting wellbeing in different areas of life. Janet’s professional affiliations include: Psychology Board of Australia – member Australian Psychological Society – member Yoga Australia – Level 2 member Australian Association of Yoga Therapists – member International Association of Yoga Therapists – member Australian Teachers of Meditation Association – Therapeutic and Personal Development Meditation Teacher Australian and New Zealand Association for Eating Disorders – member Janet’s Yoga Background Janet’s interest in Yoga began over 20 years ago as rehabilitation following a car accident. She was fortunate to find an early teacher who inspired her with the broad teachings of Yoga, exposing her not just to postures and breathing practices, but also to Yogic philosophy and psychology, a way of understanding the mind from a holistic viewpoint. Interested to find out more about Yoga Janet travelled to India in 2000, where she completed a Yoga Teacher Training certificate at the Swami Vivekananda Ashram in India. On return from India Janet studied a further two year Yoga Teaching qualification at the Centre for Adult Education Melbourne, where she attained an Advanced Diploma in Yoga Teaching. Janet is a perpetual student of yoga, influenced by teachers such as Swami Vivekananda, Leigh Blashki, Rudra Dev, and Judith Lasater.   Mr. James Campbell Bikram Yoga North West Sydney, West Pennant Hills James Campbell and his partner Francesca Lahey both suffered serious car accidents – Campbell’s was 15 years ago and Lahey’s 20 years ago – and both healed their bodies through Bikram yoga. Today they co-own Bikram Yoga North West Sydney, which has been open since January 2010. There are about four classes each day – 27 per week.

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