Yoga Therapy International Guest Speakers

Bernie Clark BSc, E-RYT 500 – Yoga Philosophy & Anatomy

Bernie has been teaching yoga and meditation since 1998. He has a bachelor degree in Science and combines his intense interest in yoga with an understanding of the scientific approach to investigating the nature of things. His ongoing studies have taken him deeply inside mythology, comparative religions and psychology. In addition he has studied in depth anatomy and physiology with Paul Grilley, Gil Hedley and others. All of these avenues of exploration have clarified his understanding of the ancient Eastern practices of yoga and meditation. His teaching, workshops and books have helped many students broaden their own understanding of health, life and the source of true joy.

Bernie's yoga practice encompasses the hard, yang-styles, such as Ashtanga and Power Yoga, and the softer, yin-styles, as exemplified in Yin Yoga. His meditation experience goes back to the early 80's when he first began to explore the practice of Zen meditation. During those days, while he struggled with the conflict between practice and theory, Bernie also worked as a member of the executive team of one of Canada's oldest and largest Hi-Technology companies.

Bernie is also the author of several books on yoga and philosophy including The Complete Guide to Yin Yoga, From the Gita to the Grail: Exploring Yoga Stories and Western Myths and most recently Your Body, Your Yoga. He is also the creator of the website www.YinYoga.com.

Carol Ann Courneya PhD, Cardiovascular Physiologist – Cardiology

Carol Ann CourneyaCarol Ann Courneya is the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs for the Faculty of Medicine and an Associate Professor in the Department of Cellular and Physiological Sciences. She holds a UBC Killam Teaching Award and a 3M National Teaching Fellowship. Her textbook Cardiovascular Physiology, is used in teaching clinically relevant CV physiology.

She founded (2001) and has directed for over a decade “Heartfelt Images”, an annual repository of cardiac artistry by UBC Medical and Dental students. (www.heartfelt.med.ubc.ca)

Dr. Courneya founded and co-directs a National art exhibit called White Coat Warm Art that showcases art created by health sciences students, residents and faculty from across Canada. Drs Courneya and Pamela Brett-McLean (founding director) co-direct the Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences in Medicine Special Interest Group for the Canadian Association of Medical Education (CAME).

Dr. Courneya’s has had a over a decade-long commitment to the development and implementation of the Patan Academy of Health in Kathmandu Nepal (www.pahs.edu.np), where she co-directs the Cardiovascular Block for first year medical students. This is the third year for their Cardio Art Contest, called Meru Mutu Mero Kala (My Heart My Art). teachingcardioinkathmandu.blogspot.com

Jaisri M. Lambert Ayurvedic Practitioner and Consultant – Facial Diagnosis in Ayurveda

Jaisri M. Lambert, Ayurvedic Practitioner and ConsultantJaisri Lambert has been practicing and teaching natural therapies since l983, studied first for her own debilitating migraine headaches. In 1989 she met Vaidya Vasant D. Lad, B.A.M.S., MA.Sc., renowned Ayurvedic physician and author, in Victoria, B.C., an event that influenced her life deeply.

Once her migraine syndrome was understood and managed, her study of the broad philosophies of Ayurveda began with her classical twelve-year apprenticeship in Ayurveda under Dr. Vasant Lad. Jaisri also studied the Vedic culture in its origin, which emphasizes that human and divine experiences are related, and that as we achieve individual balance, we also realize more spiritual harmony and a state of unity that feels natural.

Jaisri has authored many articles and training manuals in Ayurveda and Turiya Therapy, and travels internationally to introduce the theory and practice of this ancient wisdom to delighted students of all levels.

Now in her mid-60s, Jaisri is an innovative healer who has developed new techniques in Energetic Healing and Invisible Anatomy. Her success is due to the comprehensiveness and effectiveness of Ayurveda and to the public’s sincere search, like her own, for holistic health through natural methods. Her gift of teaching Ayurveda at all levels is unique, bringing this knowledge to students internationally.

Contact Jaisri at http://www.ayurveda-seminars.com/contact-ayurveda-seminars.htm

 

Robin Gueth BSc (Business), RYT 500 – Business Planning

Robin Gueth - Specialist FacultyRobin is the owner of the Stress Management Center of Marin (SMC) in Larkspur (est.2000). She has been teaching yoga therapy and stress management for over 20 years. Robin is both a teacher and a public speaker for Kaiser Permanente and was added to the hospital team working with Chronic Pain in 2015. That same year, Kaiser asked her to develop a program to help foster stress management and resilience in medical doctors and she is currently teaching that course for Kaiser Physician Wellness Programs.

Robin develops programs and trains therapists to work in western healthcare environments: She trains teachers for the hospital setting at Kaiser, the Brain Injury Network of the Bay Area (brain injuries and stroke), with athletes and veterans programs and other special populations. Her therapist training program at SMC was the first in the Bay Area to achieve national accreditation and remains one of only 25 schools worldwide to achieve this standard. She was recently appointed to the national committee to help other programs reach this goal. She also acts as a consultant and trainer to yoga companies outside of the Bay Area who want to develop therapeutic yoga programs.

From athletes to veterans’ research: Robin is in her 7th year assisting as stretching coach to a local football team. She has seen a reduction in injury severity and concussion in her tenure there. Also a researcher, Robin has researched techniques to improve respiratory strength and wellbeing in adults with Traumatic Brain Injury. She has just launched a study for veterans dealing with stress in Santa Rosa. She is also pioneering a new cell phone app with members of the Alameda Police Department that deals with fitness, diet, stress recovery and resiliency.

Surati Haarbrucker – Byron Katie – “The Work”

Surati HaarbruckerThe Work of Byron Katie is an inquiry process to support us in identifying and questioning the limiting beliefs that keep us stuck, lower our confidence, create conflict with others, and leave us feeling at odds with the world. It consists of four questions and a turnaround, which is a way of experiencing the opposite and discovering choices beyond suffering. Using this simple yet radical process, we can set ourselves free and find peace in all aspects of life.

Surati is a Certified Facilitator and trainer for The Work of Byron Katie, and serves on the Institute for The Work (ITW) Board of Directors. As a practitioner, she offers her understanding, clarity and compassion to individuals and groups, trains online courses in the Institute for The Work, and offers local immersion programs. She has 9+ years of personal practice in The Work and 30+ years of personal study in Eastern Philosophy and meditation with Osho, Eckhart Tolle, Adyashanti, Jack Kornfield, Tara Brach, and others. Other formal trainings includes a degree as Teacher for Healing Gymnastics and Dance (Germany); Conflict Resolution and Mediation (Vancouver Justice Institute); Life Skills Coach (Vancouver); Mindfulness Meditation Practitioner.

Todd Caldecott Dip. Cl.H., RH(AHG), Ayurvedic Practitioner, Medical Herbalist – Food as Medicine

Todd CaldecottTodd Caldecott Dip. Cl.H., RH(AHG) is a medical herbalist and practitioner of Ayurveda, with close to 20 years of clinical experience. Leaving behind a career as a film and television actor, Todd began his healing journey traveling overland throughout West Asia in 1989, surviving on only few dollars a day, exploring remote locations including the famed Hunza valley in northern Pakistan, and studying meditation in Sri Lanka sand Bodhgaya (India). Upon return to Canada in 1990, he began studying Ayurveda with Dr. T. Sukumaran, and completed his training as a Western medical herbalist at the Coastal Mountain College in 1996. He continued his training in India, studying Ayurveda and Yoga at the Arya Vaidya Chikitasalayam in Coimbatore, where his wife later gave birth to their second son.

Upon return to Canada in 1997, Todd opened a clinical practice and manufacturing business in the West Kootenays of British Columbia, and worked as a consultant for a community forest project, conducting sustainable harvest research trials on non-timber species. In 2000, Todd became the clinical director of Wild Rose College (Calgary), where he developed and taught a three year clinical program in herbal medicine. In 2005, Todd relocated to Trinidad and Tobago, and provided clinical services in Chaguanas and Port of Spain, mostly attending complications of chronic diabetes. In 2006 he published his first book, Ayurveda: The Divine Science of Life, and returned to Canada to continue practicing. In 2009, Todd traveled to Nepal to complete work on Ayurveda in Nepal, a text authored by the late Vaidya Mana Bajra Bajracharya, a hereditary Buddhist priest and Ayurvedic physician of the Kathmandu Valley.

In 2011, Todd published his second book, Food As Medicine: The Theory and Practice of Food, and in 2012, founded the Dogwood School of Botanical Medicine, which provides distance learning and mentorship training in Ayurveda, nutrition, and herbal medicine. Todd has been an active member of the American Herbalists Guild since 1997, and lives in Vancouver with his wife and three children. Beyond teaching and his clinical work, Todd is currently working on another book on the treatment of cancer in Ayurveda, based on Vaidya Mana's work, in collaboration with his son, Vaidya Madhu Bajra Bajracharya, and Alan Tillotson Ph.D. Recently, Todd was honored as the 2014 Mitchell Visiting Scholar at Bastyr University.

To contact Todd, visit http://toddcaldecott.com/food-as-medicine/