April 02-05 2020 • METRO TORONTO CONVENTION CENTRE

Faculty - Blake Martin, PhD

Blake Martin holds a PhD in Kinesiology and a Graduate Diploma in Neuroscience from York University, a B.F.A. and M.A. in dance, and a bachelor of education. His doctoral research was in neural mechanisms of attention when trying to perform more than one movement at a time. His current research areas include understanding how body activity impacts cognition, and how people learn to do group tasks. Blake has danced with Kaeja Dance and Motus O Dance Theatre and is a founding board member of the Pulse Ontario Youth Dance Conference, a province wide initiative uniting secondary dance educators and students with professional dance artists. Blake is a research scientist and teaches part-time Dance Kinesiology part time at York University, as well as speaking provincially, nationally and internationally on issues related to yoga and the brain, arts and the brain, creativity and the brain, anatomy, and classroom management. He is a respected teacher in Traditional Thai Massage, a long distance runner, and a martial artist for more 30 years. If it moves and thinks, he likes it.

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Learn to Practice Thai Yoga Massage

All Levels, Therapeutics, Teacher Training

Blake Martin, PhD - TH1MAR

This six-hour "appetizer" will introduce you to the ancient practice of Thai Yoga Massage, yoga's sister art. In addition to learning a basic 30-minute massage, you will learn how to gently move your partner into assisted stretches, apply pressure appropriately and integrate compassion ("Metta") into your work.

THURSDAY APRIL 02

11:00 AM - 6:00 PM (6 HRS)

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Asana as Thought: Bringing our Practice to the Mat

Is modern postural yoga simply a form of exercise, or just a way to get the body ready for meditation? What if the real power of the yoga class is in the how asana itself can change our thinking? In this active talk examining the interplay between actioned contemplations and contemplated actions, we will consider the potency of posture, breath, and posture names. With lessons from the neuroscience of embodied cognition, we will learn, explore, and discuss practical ways to get the most out of every moment of movement on the mat for teacher and student alike.

FRIDAY APRIL 03

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (2 HRS)

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This is your Brain....on Yoga

All Levels, Teacher Training, Anatomy

Blake Martin, PhD - SA2MAR

This is your brain. This is your brain on yoga. Hear what a neuroscientist has to say about recent clinical research on the impact of the practice of yoga and pranayama breathing on the human brain. Recent findings on stress, the immune response and memory as well as research related to yoga and select neurological disorders will also be discussed.

SATURDAY APRIL 04

10:30 AM - 12:30 PM (2 HRS)

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Never Not Broken: Yoga, Depression and a Neurobiology of Hope

All Levels, Teacher Training, Therapy

Blake Martin, PhD - SA4MAR

What happens if I feel sad all of the time? Can yoga help? Is there any way movement can contribute to my mental health? What does science say is the link between my mind and body? Join neuroscientist Dr. Blake Martin for a lively discussion of how depression is grounded in a physical body, and what recent research says the bodily practice of yoga does to alter the structure and function of the brain. We will consider the importance of breath, posture, and community as pillars of a practice that can offer acceptance and hope.

SATURDAY APRIL 04

3:15 PM - 5:15 PM (2 HRS)

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The Embodied Yogi: How Re-Creating the Body Creates the Mind

New research from the cutting edge of neuroscience suggests that our very thinking and sense of self emerges from perceptions of how our bodies interact with the environment. This workshop asks provocative questions about traditional Western and Eastern views of the mind and body and proposes that the names, breathing, moves, and postures of yoga literally shape the minds, thoughts, and identities of its practitioners.

SUNDAY APRIL 05

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM (2 HRS)

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The Brain in an Asana

Why does my brain think my back is straight when my yoga teacher says it isn't? Discover the brain areas responsible for understanding the puzzle of where our limbs are in space. Learn practical ways to make the most of corrections, feedback from mirrors, and your own knowledge of your body.

SUNDAY APRIL 05

11:30 AM - 1:30 PM (2 HRS)

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