January 11-12, 2014 ・ Washington, DC

Therapeutic Yoga of Greater Washington brings together multi-disciplinary practitioners and researchers to present a symposium on evidence-based integrative medicine, yoga therapy practice and research, and the science of transformation.

StudioLiveTVLogo_hmb_noglowThis year’s Symposium will be available online , for on demand viewing. All lectures, workshops, Master Classes, and Roundtable highlights will be on StudioLiveTV, with both subscription and pay-per-view options.  Register here for online replays.

The first day of the symposium is hosted by the Freer and Sackler Galleries, the Smithsonian’s museums of Asian art, in conjunction with the exhibition Yoga: The Art of Transformation.  Day two is hosted by the George Washington University.

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This is a groundbreaking collaboration between the museums and the emerging fields of integrative medicine, a landmark event for the realm of therapeutic yoga.  Click here for registration information.

Our speakers are distinguished for their contributions to the transformation of western
thinking through visionary work and leadership.  Topics will include:

  • The Fine Art and Science of Yoga
  • Yoga Practice in Modern Society
  • Yoga as a Therapeutic Intervention
  • Transformations in Modern Medicine
  • Scientific Research on Yoga and Yoga Therapy

Symposium Director: Linda Stern Lang, Therapeutic Yoga of Greater Washington

For specific inquiries, contact: lindalang@theopen-door.com; 301.704.2040

Day One – January 11, 2014:


Keynote by Dean Ornish, MD founder of Preventative Medicine Research Institute and whose personal and professional life has been profoundly shaped by yoga.  For the remainder of the day, some of the leaders of modern yoga in medical, academic and military settings will present seminal works and invite dialogue to reveal the transformational elements of yoga in practice, therapy and research.

Special Guest Speakers (Day 1):

Siddha Pratima Yantra Western India, dated 1333 (Samvat 1390) Bronze, 21.9 x 13.1 x 8.9 cm Freer Gallery of Art, F1997.33

Siddha Pratima Yantra Western India, dated 1333 (Samvat 1390) Bronze, 21.9 x 13.1 x 8.9 cm Freer Gallery of Art, F1997.33

Ramin Oskoui, MD, F.A.C.P., F.A.C.C. Cardiologist, President of Medical Staff at Sibley Memorial Hospital
Amrita McLanahan, MD, Satchidananda Ashram of Yogaville
Lorenzo Cohen, PhD  MD Anderson Cancer Center, The University of Texas
Partap Khalsa, D.C., PhD Division of Extramural Research National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)
Sat Bir Khalsa PhD Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Associate Neuroscientist
Timothy McCall, MD author of Yoga as Medicine
Richard Miller, PhD Integrative Restoration Institute
Larry Payne, PhD Director of Yoga Training Program, Loyola Marymount University
Rob Saper, MD, MPH Director of Integrative Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine
Dilip Sarkar, MD, FACS, CAP International Association of Yoga Therapists
Eric Schoomaker, MD, PhD Lieutenant General (retired), US Army Scholar in Residence,  Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
Chris Streeter, MD Prof. of Psychiatry, Boston University School of Medicine

Day Two – January 12, 2014:

George Washington University logo 2012 w portraitKeynote is by Dr. Amrita McLanahan, holistic physician from the Satchidananda Ashram of Yogaville and former Director of Stress Management for the pioneering research team led by Dean Ornish, MD, which demonstrated that heart disease can be reversed by natural methods including yoga, meditation/relaxation and social support.

The morning program is dedicated to master classes, followed by special 3-hour intensives in the afternoon. Experiential activities will explore the realm of transformation through yoga: engage in physical (asana) and physiological (pranayam) sessions to enhance health and well-being; explore the emotional and psychological aspects of the practice through movement, inquiry and meditation. The brilliant documentary film on the crisis in modern medicine, ESCAPE FIRE, will be shown in the Betts Auditorium on the George Washington University Campus.

Special Presenters & Master Class Instructors (Day 2):

Linda Lang, Therapeutic Yoga of Greater Washington
Sat Bir Khalsa PhD Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Associate Neuroscientist
Timothy McCall, MD 
author of Yoga as Medicine
Neilly Buckalew, MS, MSC, ND, MD University of Pittsburgh
Swami Dyananda, Yogaville Satchidananda Ashram
Ed Harrold, Center for Whole Self Health
Jacqueline Johnson,MPH, EdD, George Washington University
Camille Kittrell, MS, E-RYT founder of Exclusive Yoga Studio for Cancer Recovery
Karen Soltes, MEd, LCSW, E-RYT-200 iRest Certified Teacher
Yael Flusberg, RYT-500 Integrative Yoga Therapist & Coach
Luann Jacobs, MS Speech Pathology from Indiana University, Reiki Master


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