Larry Payne, Ph.D. is an internationally respected Yoga teacher, author, and a founding father of Yoga therapy in America. Dr. Payne co-founded the International Association of Yoga Therapists and the Yoga curriculum at the UCLA School of Medicine. He is also the founder of the Yoga Therapy Rx™ and Prime of Life Yoga® programs at Loyola Marymount University, the corporate Yoga program at the J. Paul Getty Museum, and the original “Back Program” at the world famous Rancho La Puerta Fitness Spa. In 2000, he was the first Yoga teacher to be invited to The World Economic Forum in Davos Switzerland, and in 1996, he performed the first documented headstand at the North Pole. He founded Samata International Yoga and Health Center in Los Angeles 1980, where he continues to teach groups and individuals. Dr. Payne is co-author of the international best seller “Yoga for Dummies”, Yoga Basics, Yoga Rx, The Business of Teaching Yoga and Yoga Therapy and Integrative Medicine. He is featured in the Prime of Life Yoga and Yoga Therapy Rx DVD series and most recently is featured globally online at Yoga Glo.

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Larry Payne, PhD

The Lower Back: Lessons from Desikachar and Integrative Health Professionals

​​Saturday Morning, Session 1 

Four out of every 5 Americans will seek professional help some time in their life for lower back problems. As a yoga student, teacher, or therapist it is important that you be familiar with how to avoid lower back problems and help others. Join Larry Payne as he shares his insights on the topic from many years of private study with Mr. Desikachar, 37 years of interaction with integrative health professionals, and literally thousands of clients. In addition to one-on-one yoga therapy, this workshop will include an introduction to an interactive practice of "Yoga Therapy Groups" for the lower back. This is a similar concept to what physical therapists call "Focus Groups".


Yoga Off the Mat

Saturday Afternoon, Session 2

A vital part of the Yoga Therapy Rx program at Loyola Marymount University is covering the concept of yoga off the mat. Instructors cover mindset, biomechanical re-education, the importance of personal practice, journaling, food choices, water intake, advanced breathing techniques, and proper rest and relaxation. As an example, with biomechanics alone, the average person takes over 10,000 steps a day. Correcting their gait could be nearly as important as their yoga practice. Join Larry Payne, as he covers all aspects of the Yoga Therapy Rx 8 Steps Wellness Program in an interactive discussion and practice.

Yoga for 3 Stages of Life in America

Sunday Morning, Session 3

TKV Desikachar described yoga for 3 stages of life - shiksana (building stage), rakshana (maintaining stage), and chikitsa (one-on-one needs or yoga therapy). With the explosion in popularity of yoga in America, these 3 stages have become very misunderstood - leading to more yoga related injuries than ever before. Most affected are the over 120 million men and women in the middle stage (40+). Join Larry Payne as he shares rare video footage of Mr. Desikachar describe these 3 stages. Larry will then describe through lecture and experiential practices how these teachings inspired the principles for Prime of Life Yoga®, which focuses on mid-life and beyond.

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2017 Yoga

Therapy  Summit