February 20, 2012 by Roseanne
It may seem like the yoga world is all drama and scandals these days, and it can be easy to forget that there are still people out there who are just doing the work. The Yoga Service Council (YSC) is one such organization, continuously driving their mission to support individuals and organizations to best serve and empower their communities through yoga and mindfulness.
YSC will host the premiere Yoga Service Conference at the Omega Institute from May 18 – 20, 2012 in Rhinebeck, NY. This is the first yoga conference ever to focus specifically on how yoga and mindfulness practices can support vulnerable and underserved populations. Breakout workshops will be taught by the leaders of organizations with years of experience working with specific populations.
Featured faculty presenters and speakers include internationally recognized yoga instructor and non-profit champion Seane Corn, founder of Off the Mat, Into the World; founder of the Give Back Yoga Foundation Beryl Bender Birch; author and Stanford University psychologist Kelly McGonigal; and physician, expert on mind-body wellness, and author of multiple best selling books including When the Body Says No: The Cost of Hidden Stress and In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction, Dr. Gabor Maté.
The conference is intended for both the yoga community and the broader world of social service providers. These include teachers, health care providers, social workers, counselors, and any individuals interested in working with at-risk and hard-to-reach populations to learn best practices and effective platforms for reaching those in need of receiving the healing benefits and wellness services found through yoga and mindfulness practices. The conference will provide big picture information about trauma, research in the field, and financing this work, while also addressing specific populations in very practical break out workshops.
The Yoga Service Council (YSC) was forged in May 2009 at the First Annual Summit of Yoga, Mindfulness and Service at Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY to promote best practices in bringing yoga to at-risk and hard-to-reach populations. Yoga instructors, wellness professionals and researchers from across North America convened on Omega’s campus to create the Yoga Service Council’s vision to foster joy, resilience, and well being in every person regardless of circumstance so that all communities can thrive.