April 02-05 2020 • METRO TORONTO CONVENTION CENTRE

Faculty - Ann Swanson

Ann is a mind-body science educator and author of Science of Yoga. She earned a Master of Science in yoga therapy from Maryland University of Integrative Health, where she went on to become an adjunct faculty member. With years of experience tutoring and teaching anatomy and physiology in colleges, massage therapy schools, and yoga teacher training programs, she has refined the ability to make complex scientific concepts simple to understand--even for those who feel they don't "get" science. Ann uniquely applies cutting-edge research practically to yoga while maintaining the heart of the tradition. She believes that there is no one "right" alignment or way to do yoga; if you can breathe, you can do yoga. In her private practice, she makes yoga therapy, qigong, and mindfulness meditation accessible with personalized modifications. Her convenient online classes help busy people worldwide relieve pain and manage stress effectively. For more about Ann, head to www.AnnSwansonWellness.com. For more about her book, Science of Yoga, www.scienceof.yoga

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YOGA FOR ARTHRITIS

Ann Swanson - TH1SWA

Yoga for Arthritis is an evidence-based program based on over a decade of research at Johns Hopkins University. It showed that yoga is safe and effective for arthritis. In this introductory workshop, Ann summarizes the yoga for arthritis facts, safety tips, key pose modifications, research findings, and vital practices for relieving pain. Experience it for yourself in a uniquely modified yoga asana practice and meditation for arthritis and chronic pain.

THURSDAY APRIL 02

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

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Science of Yoga

Ann Swanson - FR1SWA

This workshop is for yoga nerds and science nerds. Ann Swanson demystifies key yoga research in a simple, straightforward way. As outlined in her recent book, SCIENCE OF YOGA, Ann will cover the overarching themes in the scientific evidence to support the profound benefits of yoga and meditation. Learn the key highlights and feel the benefits in every system of your body in this experiential workshop. There will be plenty of asana practice and meditation integrated into the day.

FRIDAY APRIL 03

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (8 HRS)

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ACCESSIBLE YOGA + YOGA THERAPY

Ann Swanson - SA2SWA

Is yoga currently accessible, safe, and inclusive to everybody? What is the difference between yoga and yoga therapy? Ann proposes that all yoga classes should be accessible, but not all yoga classes are yoga therapy. In this Q+A style talk, she will tackle these questions. Explore the importance of the shift toward accessibility in mainstream yoga and the strides yoga therapy is making in transforming healthcare. The class will start and end with a short chair yoga practice.

SATURDAY APRIL 04

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

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Science of Mindfulness

Ann Swanson - SA4SWA

Perhaps the most profound evidence supporting yoga practice is on meditation, including the popular mindfulness practice. Learn the key research and how your brain and nervous system are affected. This workshop is quite experiential with a meditation and mindful movement built in, including a relaxing mindfulness-based yoga Nidra (sometimes called "yoga nap") to conclude the workshop.

SATURDAY APRIL 04

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

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Science of Tai Chi/Qi Gong

Ann Swanson - SU1SWA

Do you have a spark of interest in the ancient Chinese form of energy work and martial arts? Learn an intro to qi gong (and its sister martial arts practice, tai chi) in this introductory workshop. There will be a little bit of science and a lot of meditative movement, including a short, gentle routine that you can use daily for improved balance and vitality.

SUNDAY APRIL 05

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

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