A Homegrown Indiana Yoga Conference: first annual Indiana Yoga Conference will be held September 22 and 23
The first annual Indiana Yoga Conference will be held September 22 and 23 at the Union Station Crowne Plaza in downtown Indianapolis. The theme “Serve from the Heart” will promote the collaboration of Indiana yoga studios and renowned instructors joining together to celebrate the local depth and talent of our homegrown yoga community.
Yoga practitioners will experience some of Indiana’s most talented yoga teachers representing 14 separate yoga studios while rejuvenating the spirit. The diverse classes will include Yoga for Healing, A Therapeutic Yoga Practice, Upside Down and Inside Out Inversions, Meditations, and Grace & Gratitude: A Heart Opening Exploration of Back Bends. An evening kirtan chanting, hosted by Christine Yovanovich from Peace through Yoga, and Jane Jensen and Charles and Carol Crenshaw of Inner Peace Yoga Center, will add to the celebration.
The effort to hold the conference directors of which include RYTs Charlie Lucas, Mimi Dora, Kris Nodley and E-RYT Eric Banter arose from the realization that the area yoga community has exceptional diversity and talent. Pierre Couvillion, owner of Santosha School of Yoga and one of the participating studios, says, “People on both coasts are spinning so fast, but people from the Midwest, especially the yoga community, are more grounded and truly living the yoga philosophy.”
Two of the notable instructors in the event’s lineup will include Nancy Schalk, of Heartland Yoga Community and Nikki Myers of CITYOGA School of Yoga and Health.
Schalk, registered as an E-RYT 500, an advanced yoga teacher trainer with Yoga Alliance and a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists, is a Certified Yoga Therapist with Joseph Le Page and Integrative Yoga Therapy. She also conducts yoga research through Veterans Affairs and directs the Yoga Therapy Program at the Indiana University Simon Cancer Center, benefiting patients, their families, caregivers and the staff.
Myers is also an E-RYT 500 with Yoga Alliance and holds an MBA. She co-founded the nationally acclaimed Yoga 12-Step Recovery program, featured in The New York Times and Yoga Journal. She says, “The 12-step program and yoga saved my life; one is my lifeboat, the other my launching pad.” She regularly assists and co-teaches with her friend Seane Corn at workshops and conferences around the country. She is a regional leadership Diva for Off The Mat, Into The World and her extensive travels have led her to joyous work/study journeys to Africa, Cambodia, India, Thailand and other countries.