2017 Yoga

Therapy  Summit 


M.A., E-RYT 500, C-IAYT

Kate Holcombe

Chase Bossart, M.A. E-RYT 500, C-IAYT.  A philosophy & religion major at Colgate University, Chase was introduced to Mr. TVK Desikachar in 1991 during a study abroad program in Chennai, India (Kate Holcombe was also a student in that program!).  As part of the program, Mr Desikachar taught a semester-long course on the Theory of Yoga.  Needless to say, it was life changing. Here was a practical philosophy that not only answered big life questions like who are we? what is the world? and what is our relationship to the world? etc. but it also gave practical instructions on what to do. Easy to implement answers like, breathe like this, link to that (don’t link to that other thing!), move in this way, etc.  Chase was absolutely hooked and has (side excursions aside) devoted the rest of his life to living & teaching the therapeutic yoga taught by Mr. Desikachar.  

A personal student of Mr. Desikachar’s since 1991, Chase has spent more than four years in Chennai studying Yoga with Mr. Desikachar, his family and at the KYM. Chase is the Founder of the Yoga Well Institute and Co-Founder of YATNA (Yoga as Therapy North America). He currently trains yoga teachers, therapists & health practitioners in the full application of yoga in a way that is easy to integrate into daily life. In addition to training programs and workshops across the US, he has also established a series of online courses around the philosophies of yoga and meditation. 

Chase grew up in Seattle and still considers himself a Seattleite even though he has lived away from Seattle longer than he lived there.  He graduated from Colgate University in Philosophy and Religion, completed a Masters in Religious Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara and lived and worked in Beijing for 8 years (i.e. graduated from the school of hard knocks).  He speaks fluent (though slightly rusty) Mandarin and lives happily in the Bay Area with his wife Elizabeth.

Register for one or more of Chase's sessions!

Chase Bossart

These are practical, “how to” workshop, that will be useful for practitioners and teachers of all levels. Each session will include short practices with gentle movement and conscious breathing as well as lecture and discussion.  All levels (and questions) are welcome.

Be a Good Farmer! Reflections on the Process of Yoga Therapy

​​Saturday Morning, Session 1

Chapter 4, sūtra 3 of Patañjali’s Yogasūtras describes the actions of the yogi as being like those of a farmer taking care of her field. This metaphor is a foundational principle for applying virtually every single yoga tool and technique, especially in therapeutic situations. Whether it involves movement of the body, breath, mind, behavior or emotions, Be a Good Farmer has a lot to say about who we are, what our relationship to ourselves is, what the healing process is, and how to heal. We will explore these topics and their application in Yoga Therapy through different yoga tools involving both discussion and practical experience. Be prepared to be redefined. or Be prepared to redefine who you are and what we are doing as Yoga Therapists!​

Yathābhimatā dhyānādvā: On Selecting Meditation Objects

Saturday Afternoon, Session 2

Yoga is a set of intentionally engineered experiences that influence the way our human system functions in (more or less) predictable ways. The essential mechanism underlying this process is perception. Meditation is the perfect example of this. We decide where to place our attention and then something is perceived or experienced. What we choose as a focus for our meditation practice will naturally have a profound influence on the experiences we have in meditation and hence its effects on us. Where we place our attention is the gateway that leads to experiences. And not all experiences are equal! Additionally, over time we gradually assimilate the qualities or characteristics of the place to which we are linking. A correctly chosen focus can be hugely beneficial while a one poorly chosen can actually harm us. This workshop will provide guidance on how to select meditation objects for therapeutic situations.

Teaching Breathing: Insights & Advice for Therapeutic Situations

Sunday Morning, Session 3

Conscious breathing is one of the most important yoga practices, it’s also one of the most varied. Since the mind, body and emotions are so deeply connected to the breath, changing the way we breathe can powerfully influence both how we feel and the way our body functions. In fact, it’s amazing how much can change in only 15-20 breaths. And yet, the breath is also quite subtle, with a consciousness of its own, which we have to respect and learn to work with if we are to move towards balance and healing (rather than the opposite).This movement toward healing is most effective when the tools used are integrated in an intelligent sequence, both relating to the practice on a particular day as well as to the entire process as it evolves over time.  In this workshop, we will learn important breathing techniques, the principles underlying them and how to teach them in a therapeutic context.

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