SAT #1March 8. 2014: 9-11 am

09:00 AM

Vinyasa: Movement with Purpose

by The Herd Brothers  , Dawn Mauricio  ,

Accompanied by the Herd Brothers Vinyasa is a Sanskrit term most often used to define a style of yoga practice, a specific series of poses within a practice, or the action of linking breath with movement. When broken down, the term vinyasa also means to move with purpose, on and off the mat. The most telling place where the quality of our yoga practice speaks most clearly is not in the amazing physical feats on the mat or exciting mental tricks on the cushion, but rather in the way we live our lives. Just as the poses of a yoga class are linked together by our breath, so are our actions in life linked together by our intention and presence. In this workshop we will explore this larger context of vinyasa, highlighting how yoga practice is just that – a practice – for living a life full of meaning, all of the time. Come prepared for dynamic movement and mindful meditation.

09:00 AM

A Peaceful Warrior Vinyasa

by Yogi Patrick McAndrew  , Jane Lanza  ,

Learn to balance yin and yang as you explore the way of the yoga warrior. Through postures, breath work, and meditation, balance work and rest. Create freedom and awareness from within. The warrior poses practiced through the lens of the peaceful warrior approach create strength and confidence in mind, body, and spirit. With live music by Yogi Patrick McAndrew.

09:00 AM

BYC Kids Club by EvoKids

by Becky Groberg 

Are you looking for a safe, nurturing space for your child during BYC? In the BYC Kids Club, your young yogi  can experience movement activities, games, art and more while you get your yoga on! Drop off your child aged 3-11 for a 90 minute block while you take one workshop (as space allows), or sign up for one or more of the following time slots: -Saturday morning from 8:30-12:30 -Saturday afternoon from 2:30-6 -Sunday morning 8:30-12:30 -Sunday afternoon from 2:30-6. Each morning at 9:30 AM, included in our activities, a 45 minute children’s yoga class hosted by Becky Groberg of EvoKids Yoga! Please send your child with: snacks, a water bottle, a change of clothes, a special toy to help ease the transition and a packed lunch if they are enrolled in the morning 8:30-12:30 session. Pre-registration is required, maximum 10 children per time slot. Our Instructor: Becky Groberg is a ChildLight Certified Yoga Instructor who loves helping children find peace, balance, and fun through yoga. She’s also a Head Start Early Care Advocate and Vermont Licensed Educator. A graduate of Champlain College’s Early Childhood Education program, Becky lives with her husband Dave and kitten Effie in Burlington’s Old North End. BYC Kids Club Details + Fees: The Kids Club costs $18 per child. The BYC kids club is open to young yogis age 3-11. To register your child for the BYC Kids Club, email burlingtonyogaconference@gmail.com now.

09:00 AM

The Power of Breath

by Devarshi Steven Hartman 

Invigorate, rejuvenate, and energize your cells and consciousness in this intense practice of purifying pranayama techniques. Come ready to raise the roof on your prana and have your body vibrating with powerful healing energy and oxygen, releasing emotional stagnation and reducing the effects of stress and tension, culminating in the deepest Sivasana you have ever encountered. The clarity gained from these simple, time-proven techniques will shift the way you experience yourself and your world.
SAT #2March 8, 2014: 11:30 am-1 pm

11:30 AM

Taming the Fluctuations of the Mind: Mindfulness Practice in Everyday Life

by Miv London 

Patanjali’s second sutra tells us that yoga is the cessation of the fluctuations of the mind. But we all know this is easier said than done. Our minds are in constant motion, fluctuating from replaying the past to anticipating the future, worrying, judging, planning, fantasizing, and an overall non-stop narration of our lives. Mindfulness provides a powerful tool to work skillfully and compassionately with our restless minds, both during our formal yoga practice, and throughout our daily lives. Drawing from the wisdom of yoga, Buddhism, and contemporary mindfulness research, this workshop will offer teachings and practical skills for cultivating mindfulness on the mat, in meditation, and in everyday activities.

11:30 AM

Bhakti Blast

by The Herd Brothers  , Coral Brown  ,

Bhakti yoga is the practice of integrating the essence of divine bliss into each action.Fostering love and devotion in daily living is the core practice of the Bhakta. Through a gentle yet dynamic hip opening and back bending practice we will massage the heart space and cultivate the art of love in action.

11:30 AM

Awaken into Presence

by Lakshmi Tinker 

Through breath-based movement, and investigative stillness, we awaken into presence from within the subtle body, our Energetic Core or center space. Becoming alive within the prana of our roots, we will learn to inhabit our bodies through intense core integration and energetic expansion; exploring union with gravities force. Meditative and investigative stillness, along with challenging and rhythmic vinyasa draws our awareness to the breath, body, and our own essential emptiness.

11:30 AM

Yoga Theraputics for the Lower Back

by Carina Raisman 

Release, realign and revive the spine! Both our center of gravity and the ‘root’ of all our energy, the low back is fundamental to our well-being. Learn to unlock your tensions and free your spine. A blend of theory and practice will allow you how to understand, release, align and apply the components of a healthy spine, hence a healthy body.
SAT #3March 8, 2014: 2:30-4 pm

02:30 PM

Yin Yoga

by The Herd Brothers  , Emily Garrett  ,

Accompanied by the Herd Brothers Yin Yoga is a quiet, contemplative practice during which we hold yoga poses in a relaxed position for 3-5 minutes. The long holds access and open the connective tissues of the body. This frees up blocked energy and improves flexibility. Yin practice is ideal preparation for meditation as it both calms the nervous system and makes sitting for long periods of time more comfortable. It is also the perfect balance to a more active lifestyle. Class will include yin practice followed by seated meditation.

02:30 PM

B-Tru Hip Hop Yoga Dance

by Scott Duszko  , Danielle Vardakas-Duszko  ,

Culture is about celebration. Hip Hop is American culture. Join Deejay & Yoga teacher Scott Duszko (Duke007) and rock out to classic hip hop and funk party music. Danielle Vardakas Duszko will lead you in funky asana and party dance moves to lighten your heart and free your mind.

02:30 PM

Indian Yoga, American Yoga, and Authentic Yoga

by Prem Prakash 

In the Devi Mahatmyam, the “Story of the Great Goddess,” the goddess destroys those who are oppressing yogic aspirants. The first pair she defeats are, “Agression and Passivity.” The second set are, “Self-Conceit and Self-Deprecation.” Finally, in an epic battle, she destroys “The Great Ego,” the separative self that believes that fear is true and love is impotent. In this workshop, we will discuss the nature of this Indian myth and how it might apply for contemporary, American yogis and yoginis. We well explore how to realize the living goddess and our relationship with her. We will examine how our experiences on the path to her will compare and contrast with those of our Indian brothers and sisters. If you want to know her, you will need to sit with her fire in your spine. When you do, you will visit hell and heaven. You will come to know the yoga sages are telling the truth. There is, truly, a path from illusion into truth, from darkness into light, and from death into immortality. If you want to prepare for this journey and understand how to integrate her embrace, we warmly weclome you to join us.

02:30 PM

Tadasana and Transformation

by Devarshi Steven Hartman 

How is yoga a transformational process? Come explore Tadasana, a simple foundational pose of yoga, and see how transformation can occur in all poses.  Through Kripalu’s three-stage methodology, you will be guided through playful inquiries of experiential anatomy, recognition of unconscious habitual patterning held in body, breath, and mind, and simply profound ways of finding more freedom of expression in the here and now.   All this from standing on your own two feet.
SAT #4March 8. 2014: 4:30- 6 pm

04:30 PM

Yoga: This stuff really works

by Prem Prakash 

Yes, yoga really works. Through regular practice, yoga will provide the transformation that the tradition promises. The question is: Do you really want to be transformed? Are you willing to empower yourself to heal? Can you give yourself permission to reject the collective trance of fear, lonliness, and confusion? The yogic depiction of transformation is not a self-improvement into a sexy body, a pleasant social experience, and a jolly outlook. Rather, it is a radical departure from all limitations based on conventional identity. With this exit from the stage of worldly compromise, the entrance to the divine sphere appears. The body is a great place to enter the yoga path because it is so accessable to awareness. Also, because so many of us in America have anchored our inner pain and conflicts in our flesh, we can unwind through the use of yoga asanas. The body becomes a vehicle of meditation. Becoming comfortable in ones own skin is a very simple idea, but it has very profound ramifications.

04:30 PM

Restorative Yoga To Inspire Breath

by Martha Whitney 

Restorative Yoga is a gentle and profoundly healing practice. With the use of supportive props you easefully sustain poses that invite your body- mind to let go and relax into grounded spaciousness. This restorative series is designed to support your ability to breathe with greater ease and capacity: to open the chest, sides and back, to create more flexibility of the spine, and to release emotional tension. It also helps balance the branches of the autonomic nervous system, the home of breath. It’s a simple, soothing antidote for stress, enhancing balanced mind and emotions. Enjoy this gift of self-kindness!

04:30 PM

Authentic Alignment

by Coral Brown 

Engage the core with a multidimensional understanding of it's true power! Core strength not only supports our physical alignment, it provides us with the access/opportunity to integrate our personal dharma or mission statement into our daily lives. Our dharma statement is a reflection of our core values, beliefs and purpose in this life, it reflects the spiritual, ethical and emotional essence of our truest, most evolved Self. Develop a personal dharma statement and put it into practice in a dynamic core activating, balancing and nourishing flow that reflects the integrated power of the multidimensional core.

4:30 PM

iRest™: A Meditative Practice for Deep Relaxation and Healing

by Kalpana Reddy 

Whether you are looking for deep relaxation, help with insomnia, stress and anxiety relief, or spiritual awakening and transformation, this ancient practice guides you to experience your constant underlying state of pure awareness. This allows you to tap into the wisdom and healing capacity of your body and mind, explore your feelings, emotions and beliefs(both positive and negative), which lets your essence of true nature shine forth. During I Rest® you are invited to step back into the aspect of yourself that is the witness or observer of all your experiences to welcome everything as it is and remember “that which we are willing to be with, we are set free from.” Through the practice of I Rest® as taught by Yoga Master Richard Miller, you can enter a profound state of restful deep relaxation and pure awareness. At the end of the practice, yoga poses are used to facilitate synergy between the physical body and the mind.
SAT EVE

06:30 PM

ARTS RIOT
400 Pine Street
Burlington, VT

BYC After Party at ArtsRiot

Looking for something fun to do the Saturday night of BYC in Burlington, VT?

As part of the #RogueYoga Winter/Spring Series at #ArtsRiot, please join us  at the official Burlington Yoga Conference After-Party! We're happy to have funky and dear friends at #ArtsRiot, #RogueYoga, and #SanghaStudio to arrange this special gathering in the star-ier hours. Saturday, March 8, 2014, 6:30pm until 8:30pm. This is the perfect time to connect yogi friends new and old while enjoying great music, food, and drinks! Tomgirl Juice Co. will be serving up fresh juices that can be mixed with anything from the bar if your heart so desires! We will also have special guests from The Wellness Collective and Vermana Herbals giving out samples, mingling with guests, and spreading lots of love! Check out all the details on the Burlington Yoga Conference here… http://www.burlingtonyogaconference.com/ PRICING: **Passes can be pre-purchased online at: www.artsriot.bigcartel.com/product/rogue-yoga $10 Online Pre-purchase $12 Walk - In ** Military Discount $6 per class.#food, and #drinks! Get Tickets.    
SUN #1March 9. 2014: 9-11 am

09:00 AM

BYC Kids Club by EvoKids

by Becky Groberg 

Are you looking for a safe, nurturing space for your child during BYC? In the BYC Kids Club, your young yogi  can experience movement activities, games, art and more while you get your yoga on! Drop off your child aged 3-11 for a 90 minute block while you take one workshop (as space allows), or sign up for one or more of the following time slots: -Saturday morning from 8:30-12:30 -Saturday afternoon from 2:30-6 -Sunday morning 8:30-12:30 -Sunday afternoon from 2:30-6. Each morning at 9:30 AM, included in our activities, a 45 minute children’s yoga class hosted by Becky Groberg of EvoKids Yoga! Please send your child with: snacks, a water bottle, a change of clothes, a special toy to help ease the transition and a packed lunch if they are enrolled in the morning 8:30-12:30 session. Pre-registration is required, maximum 10 children per time slot. Our Instructor: Becky Groberg is a ChildLight Certified Yoga Instructor who loves helping children find peace, balance, and fun through yoga. She’s also a Head Start Early Care Advocate and Vermont Licensed Educator. A graduate of Champlain College’s Early Childhood Education program, Becky lives with her husband Dave and kitten Effie in Burlington’s Old North End. BYC Kids Club Details + Fees: The Kids Club costs $18 per child. The BYC kids club is open to young yogis age 3-11. To register your child for the BYC Kids Club, email burlingtonyogaconference@gmail.com now.

09:00 AM

AcroYOGA: Asana Expanded

by Jill Campbell & Heidi Blais 

What is Yoga? For each of us, yoga takes on a different shape to fit our needs. That is the beauty of it - there is something for everyONE. Acroyoga asks practitioners to use their personal asana understanding in balance with another, and their wider yoga practice to support a shared experience. In this workshop we will look at the anatomical, alignment-based ways that Acroyoga works. Practitioners will then use that knowledge to make their own acroyoga creations. All exercises are well-structured and solidly guided to move through challenge with ease. Laced with activities to promote communication and provoke thought, this workshop is simply a joy to share.

09:00 AM

Green Tara Transmission & Meditation

by Lama Migmar Tseten 

Green Tara is a Buddha of wisdom and compassion in female form. Her transmission and meditation is practiced to overcome fear and destructive emotions and to discover the awakening within oneself to free us from the pain and suffering.

09:00 AM

Enhancing Knee Integrity in Yoga

by Kreg Weiss 

The knees can endure significant loading and energy in many of our yoga practices. This workshop will explore alignment concepts that will facilitate enhanced integrity, stabilization, and support in the knees during common standing yoga postures like Warrior 2, chair pose, and deep squats. Following our exploration of these alignment techniques, we will enjoy a hatha fusion flow (moderate-level) integrating these principles. This session will be suitable for teachers and students.

09:00 AM

Yoga IS Green ~ Practices to Stir Love of Earth

by Russell Comstock  , Gillian Kapteyn Comstock  ,

For thousands of years, the original yoga meant union with nature.  It did not need to be named “Green”,  because it is innately green. In this session we offer practices to enhance your fully embodied sense of being nature. We begin by reclaiming one of the greatest formations in Nature, the Circle. We acknowledge the power in the center of community to ignite our primal memory of those cultures and those creatures on Earth that live in harmony with nature.  We especially remember the bees and the brilliance of hive consciousness.  We move like the swarm, warming the body, sparking the connections between us, igniting the collective heat of the heart. We continue with Planetary Asana - the practice of remembering the body as Earth.  Emerging from a vigorous vinyasa practice, we focus on one posture. With an artistic, active imagination process, we stir our sense of creation to reconnect with an element, an animal, or a plant. When interior channels open in the body, the invitation arises to extend our knowing with a rich, guided pranayama meditation. Breath becomes the true alchemy of our time with its power to dissolve the limitations, constrictions, contracted armoring of our teetering culture.  We become wind of life. Finally, the practice of Drishti, the yoga eye gaze, freshens and deepens our perception. When we return to original vision, our interconnectedness becomes numinous, luminous, and the most curious awakening occurs.
SUN #2March 9, 2014: 11:30 am- 1 pm

11:30 AM

Ecstatic Prana Dance and Movement Meditation

by Coby Kozlowski 

Ecstatic Prana Dance and Movement Meditation Come uplift your spirit and tap into the pulse of life as you celebrate, flow, move, dance and meditate like never before. Indulge in conscious dance into movement meditation in this ecstatic and joy-filled workshop for all levels. Ecstatic Prana Dance and Meditation is a journey and experience of living life fully and letting the entire self be expressed. Before beings ever practiced they simply played, explored, danced, laughed, and shared. This is a workshop to embrace all aspects of life and soak in the bliss of being alive. During our time together you will: • Open up the rivers of the body to feel fully alive • Embody the energy centers and let them guide you • Breathe, dance, sweat, cry, laugh–remember freedom Marinate in the intoxication and beauty of meditation in motion.

11:30 AM

Why We Practice Yoga

by Bram Levinson 

This 90-minute class will delve into the myriad of factors that pull us away from everything else we do in life and leave us feeling compelled to practice yoga. The factors will be broken down and addressed throughout this active and inspiring vinyasa practice, and those same factors will be illuminated as key elements in the assessment and identification of what we seek on our paths towards happiness as individuals living a collective experience. Participants will leave class feeling lighter, stronger and focused on an intention that they can keep referring back to that will guide them forwards throughout their lifetime.

11:30 AM

Ying/Yang Yoga (Relax and Renew) Yoga

by Jenn Jarecki  , Yogi Patrick McAndrew  , Jane Lanza  ,

Join twin sisters Jane Lanza and Jennifer Jarecki (with live music by Yogi Patrick McAndrew), on a  journey through awakened energy inward toward relaxation:relax + renew. Yin Yoga provides a supportive vehicle for inner awareness, quiet and calm by encouraging students to let go much muscular effort, allowing the stretch to reach beyond the muscle tissue of the lower body, deep into the connective tissue and fascia binding bone to bone, supporting joint health. Yang Yoga provides outer awareness, vitality, and good health, working the muscles of the upper body to encourage strength as we age.  The natural laws of Yin and Yang seamlessly illustrate a balanced yoga practice.  Cultivate tools to create a state of balance in your mind and body through both yin holds and yang flows interwoven with the breath.  We hope you can join us and increase the conductivity of prana, vital life force.

11:30 AM

Kundalini Yoga: “The Yoga of Awareness”

by Sarab Kaur  , Jane Michaud (Karambir Kaur)  ,

Kundalini Yoga, known as the "yoga of awareness", fosters the realization of your highest potential.  This lively practice includes asana, pranayam, mantra, and meditation.  Move your body, calm your mind, open your heart, and embrace your beautiful Self!
SUN #3March 9, 2014: 2:30- 4 pm

02:30 PM

Wave Rider ™: The Act of Living Yoga

by Coby Kozlowski 

Wave Rider ™: The Act of Living Yoga This is the real deal. It’s your time to wake up the internal wave rider. Learn to surf through life, with joy, curiosity, and the spirit of someone on an adventure of a lifetime. There can be a terror and joy to truly living YOUR life. Yoga becomes an opportunity to awaken the internal wave rider, learning to surf the different flavors of life such as passion, desire, lightness, ecstasy, peace, grief, sadness, sorrow, and recognize that yoga is not about escaping or disassociating from life but rather a rich relationship and gateway to intimacy with life. During this vibrant lecture you will: • Connect with the pulse longing to be expressed in your body and heart • Cross the threshold of experiencing and opening more fully into the sweetness of everyday life • Find flow as you learn to live your yoga • Discover the key to freedom that lives here and now and your life’s purpose (yup, for real) and acquire tools to act on it • Remember to laugh and lighten up

2:30 PM

Restorative Yoga, Sound Healing and Aromatherapy

by Rachel Samuelian  , Michelle Kailash-Deslandes  ,

Restorative Yoga is a beautiful way to cultivate the practice of profound relaxation. Each pose is totally passive and the body is fully supported. Long holds in comfortable poses give the nervous system a chance to become deeply nourished and replenished. The sound of the singing bowls and sacred mantra will provide a healing resonance for every cell to bathe in. With each bowl being attuned to a different chakra, the vibrations will support relaxed alignment. Some of the bowls are made from quartz crystal and others are made out of a combination of metals in the traditional Tibetan style. The aromatherapy, using organic essential oils, provided by Lunaroma, will support a feeling of tranquility and upliftment to help waken the spirit from the winters' spell and inspire us toward the new beginnings of spring.

02:30 PM

Upa Yoga & Isha Kriya

by Dunia Atmeh 

Upa Yoga is a simple yet powerful system of exercise that activates the joints, muscles and energy system. Based on a sophisticated understanding of the body’s mechanics, Upa Yoga releases the inertia in the energy and brings ease to the whole system. Within the human system, the energy flows along 72,000 pathways called nadis. At the joints, the nadis form energy nodes, making the joints storehouses of energy. Upa Yoga activates this energy and also lubricates the joints, creating an instant sense of alertness and liveliness. In this workshop Upa yoga will be followed by Isha Kriya- a short meditation.

02:30 PM

Designing Yoga for Runners

by Kreg Weiss 

Yoga is highly beneficial for all sports when applied mindfully and with functionality. This yoga anatomy workshop will explore the general movement patterns of running with attention on common musculoskeletal imbalances. We will examine classical yoga poses that will functionally and intelligently restore these sport-specific tension imbalances, thus reducing the onset of injury as well as improve running performance.
SUN #4March 9, 2014: 4:30 - 6 pm

04:30 PM

Keynote: ‘what is yoga?’

by Lama Migmar Tseten 

The Sanskrit term Yoga has many meanings according to different religions, philosophies, and practices. Lama Migmar will make the presentation according to yogis from India and Tibet.