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Guru-Kula Presentations with AUM’s Yoga Therapy Candidates, November 18 & 19


Learn more about yoga therapy in a series of free 90-minute presentations with our Yoga Therapy Candidates. Come for single lectures, spend the day, or reserve your spot for the entire weekend!

All presentations are free and open to the public. Reservations required; space is limited. We are a nonprofit dedicated to promoting yoga and yoga therapy as avenues for greater health and happiness—donations are always appreciated!

Saturday Presentations


8:30–9:45 am: Carlos Villanuevas, RYT 200, RPYT: Therapeutic Benefits of Yoga Therapy for Autism

Autism Spectrum Disorder consists of a number of developmental disorders that exhibit a wide spectrum of symptoms and challenges. Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, or ASD, often face heightened levels of anxiety, sensitivity to the environment around them, challenges with communication, social relationships, and difficulty with self-regulation. In this lecture, Carlos will cover how and why yoga therapy can be used as complementary modality for children with ASD, and what a yoga therapist must know before working with children on the autism spectrum.


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10:00–11:15 am: Grisell Gonzalez, E-RYT 200: Therapeutic Benefits of Yoga Therapy for Stress and Breathing Dysfunction

Stress is key to survival, but it has its downside. Research shows that stress, over time, can weaken the immune system and cause high blood pressure, fatigue, depression, anxiety, heart disease, problems with digestion, and breathing disorders. Yoga can ameliorate these harmful effects by influencing the body’s stress response. In this presentation, you will learn how stress can affect breathing, how yoga therapy can help manage stress, and how changing your mindset about stress can make all the difference.


11:30 am–12:45 pm: Logan Cannon, RYT 200: Therapeutic Benefits of Yoga Therapy for MS

12:45–1:45 pm: Lunch


2:00–3:15 pm: Rose Csekle, RYT 300: Therapeutic Benefits of Yoga Therapy for Endometrial Cancer

Yoga therapy as a complementary alternative medicine can help with the unique psychosocial and emotional needs of coping with cancer and treatment, including trauma and body image. Pranayama (breathwork) and meditation techniques can help alleviate fatigue, depression, anxiety, fear, and insomnia, and help manage side effects of the drugs used to treat cancer. Yoga therapy integrates physical and emotional navigation of cancer simultaneously—addressing the individual as a whole.


3:30–4:45 pm: Cynthia Collado, RYT 200: Therapeutic Benefits of Yoga Therapy and Breathwork to Counter PTSD

Sunday Presentations

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8:30–9:45 am: Michael Kuang, RYT 300: Therapeutic Benefits of Yoga Therapy for Spine Health

The support of the spine allows humans to stand in the upright position. It allows us to move as it bends and twists. Keeping the spine healthy is important as we age, as poor posture and injuries can create multiple issues within the body. This talk will explore different spine issues and possible solutions utilizing yoga therapy as a modality to help the spine function properly.



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10:00–11:15 am: Leslie Morris, RYT 300: Therapeutic Benefits of Yoga Therapy as an Adjunct Treatment for Low-Back Pain

This presentation will review the prevalence, consequences, and causes of low-back issues—including overuse, lack of strength, inflexibility, poor body mechanics, arthritis, accidents, and spine conditions. Leslie will define the different types of spine conditions and review traditional and alternative treatment benefits and drawbacks. The talk will also explore how and why yoga therapy is able to improve healing and potentially prevent reoccurrence of symptoms, even in the face of a challenging medical diagnosis.


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11:30 am–12:45 pm: Carole Amaddio, RYT 300: Therapeutic Benefits of Yoga Therapy for Cervical Trauma

This presentation will examine the role of yoga therapy and its applications for cervical traumas. Our research stems from a clinical yoga therapy case study of a client who was involved in a car accident and suffered neck injuries. We will discuss the individual’s conditions, the yoga therapy protocols used for treatment, and, more generally, how cervical traumas impacts the biomechanical complexity of the neck and its kinetic chain.



12:45–1:45 pm: Lunch

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2:00–3:15 pm: Estefania Mas, RYT 300: Therapeutic Benefits of Yoga Therapy for Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a condition that causes pain, sleep problems, fatigue, and often emotional and mental distress. This presentation explores the yoga therapy approach to this condition, and the difference between yoga therapy and other
alternative medicine modalities. Estefania will also discuss how the medical field and yoga therapy can work together, and the benefits to the medical field in bringing in yoga therapy
as part of their alternative medicine therapies.


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3:30–4:45 pm: Lucia Walker, RYT 300: Therapeutic Benefits of Yoga Therapy for Digestion

This presentation offers an overview of the history of essentials oils and how they work to bring the body to homeostasis. We will discuss the most common cause of poor digestion, the effects that digestion issues may have on an individual, and how we can utilize the combination of essential oils, yoga asana, and pranayama (breathing techniques) to support healthy digestion.

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