The 2020 Integration of

Yoga & Psychology Summit

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In this free interview series, Sarah & Dr. Stacy have gathered experts in the field of yoga and psychology to explore similarities and differences in these two fields. Answering the question of why yoga works through the lens of modern psychological science? Join us as we dive into the ancient wisdom and technology of Yoga and overlay it with modern psychological science.

This summit is designed for you, yoga teachers, and mental health practitioners, so you can better understand and incorporate the science behind the healing & transformative practice of yoga. We aim to support you to meet clients and students where they are. Confidently use correct terminology and express your knowledge like the expert you are!

In the following interviews, we talk on... 

- Consciousness

- The Science of the Nervous System  

-Why and How Yoga Works 

- The Transformative Power of Mantra & Meditation 

- Mind-Body Connection  

- How Movement Impacts Psychological Healing

- The World of the Subconscious 

- Trauma 

- The Yoga Sutras


Meet Our Experts...

Dr. Joanna LaPrade, M.A., PhD

Dr. Joanna LaPrade is a Jungian psychologist in private practice in Durango, Colorado. Joanna earned her MA and PHD in analytical psychology with emphasis on Jungian and archetypal psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. Her private practice, Aion Psychotherapy, specializes in grief, loss, the journey of illness, trauma, life-transitions, self-discovery, and dream interpretation. Joanna helps her clients find meaning, insight, and depth while exploring the complexity and challenges of change and suffering. Aion, Latin for “lifespan” bespeaks the ongoing journey and privilege of becoming who we truly are.

Senior Teacher, Bhavani Maki

International Yoga teacher and author, Bhavani Maki, attended her first Yoga class at the age of nine, and began her exploration of Patañjali’s Aṣtānga Yoga in 1987. Bhavani has made seven trips to India to study with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, as well as hosted him twice on her home island of Kaua'i. She received her teacher training and authorization from Aṣtānga Yoga Masters Sri K. Pattabhi Jois of Mysore, South India, and Baba Hari Dass of Hardwar, North India. She studied Saṃṣkrta in Mysore, South India with Professor Narayanachaya, and regards Rama Jyoti Vernon as integral in her understanding of the Patañjali Yoga Sūtra, and the weaving of metaphysical teachings with the practices of Yoga, that she continues to share with her students to this day.

Dedicated to exploring Yoga in its complete expression, her teachings are steeped in the traditions of Patañjali’s classical eight-limbed Yoga, with an emphasis on the integrity of alignment and the use of Yoga as therapy.
Often described as a teacher’s teacher, Bhavani offers unique insights into discovering greater joy and freedom.

Rachel Allyn, PhD, RYT-500

Dr. Rachel Allyn is a licensed clinical psychologist and yoga teacher. She blends Western psychology (including neuroscience, cognitive-behavioral methods, and family systems) with Eastern practices (including Buddhist psychology, mindfulness, yogic philosophy and Ayurvedic medicine). Her specialty areas are relationship & intimacy issues, life transitions, anxiety/depression, stress management, and trauma & loss. She incorporates different somatic methods, which she calls Bodyfulness, a more dynamic version of mindfulness, through any combination of the outdoor trails, the facilitation of yoga postures, guided breathing exercises, meditation (both still and moving), shaking, auditory/sound release, chakra/energy balancing, and aerial silks, all methods that develop "interoception” (nuanced body intelligence), to help clients feel more vitality and joy in their life. She works in private practice in Minneapolis and Los Angeles, has a TEDx talk called "Pleasure to the People," and is currently writing a book with Shambhala Publications on reconnecting to the body to reclaim healthy pleasures and joy, due to be released in 2021.

Joann Lutz, MSW, LICSW, C-IAYT

Joann, MSW, LICSW, C-IAYT, Licensed Psychotherapist and Certified Yoga Therapist, is the originator of Nervous System-Informed, Trauma-Sensitive Yoga (NITYA), which is based on her 30 years as a yoga instructor and 20 years as a psychotherapist. NITYA is a synthesis of somatic psychology (particularly Somatic Experiencing), classical yoga, polyvagal theory, and other neuroscience research.

She has been training mental health and yoga professionals internationally in this approach to trauma recovery for the past nine years. She has also offered her work to victims of crime, at the Center for Community Resilience after Trauma, in Greenfield, Ma.; to mental health system survivors, at the Recovery Learning Center in Holyoke, Ma.; to veterans with PTSD, at the Veteran's Administration Hospital in Leeds, Ma., and to participants of the Walden Behavioral Care Eating Disorders Day Treatment Program in Northampton, Ma. 

She completed Level One of the Somatic Experiencing training, and the 40-hour certificate in Trauma-Sensitive Yoga,  at The Trauma Center in Brookline, Ma. She is certified in Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy  through the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers; in Integral Yoga (Advanced Certification) with Swami Satchidananda; in EMDRand in Psychosynthesis

Joann was the New England Coordinator for the Spiritual Emergence Network during the 1990's, and taught the first East Coast continuing education courses on "Spirituality and Social Work," for Social Workers and other Mental Health professionals.

Corrin Vecchitto, RN, RYT-500

Corrin Vecchitto is a Master Teacher Trainer from Sattva Yoga Academy in the base of the Himalayas in Rishikesh, India. She is also a Holistic Healer, Vedic Astrologer, Meditation Initiator, Conscious Event Organizer & Pediatric RN. She has lived in India for the last four years training students to become teachers on this integrated path of yoga. The practice that she teaches is a complete practice of yoga, Sattva Yoga, meaning that it isn't an on the mat or off the mat practice. She lives yoga, taking the teachings and applying them to ALL aspects of life. The practice is alive and ever-evolving filled with wisdom and kriya coming from the Yog-Vedantic teachings of the Himalayas and her Master, Anand Mehrotra. Corrin has taken and taught over 30 YTT courses, retreats, Master Trainings, and Modules over the years. Corrin is always a student and teacher at the same time as she feels immense gratitude and honor to be a part of the golden chain of students and teachers. Corrin now calls Maui and India home as she lives part of the year in both locations. Life is magical and so are you, and that is the message that she is here to remind you of. Corrin has yearly retreats on Maui with one in August 2021, a new House of Healing & Living Integrated Center on Maui, HI called Sita Ma's Sattva Home Maui and gives personal sessions, Vedic Astrology readings, and courses through One Root Seven Branches, her holistic healing organization.

Michele Lawrence MBA, ERYT-500, C-IAYT

Through her own journey of Self-discovery, Michele (MBA, ERYT500, C-IAYT) has come to realize that yoga is a practice for all life situations. She believes in yoga’s ability to heal and transform, and that yoga, regardless of one’s ability, is available to all. Michele has been teaching yoga since 2005, is co-founder of Yogadurango, a studio in Durango, CO and the founder/director of Inner Peace Yoga Therapy, an IAYT-accredited Yoga Therapy program.


Darcy Lubbers  PhD, MFT, ATR-BC

Darcy Lubbers is a marriage and family therapist, clinical art therapist, and somatic therapist in private practice in Santa Monica, CA. Her background includes a PhD in clinical psychology with a specialty in somatic psychology, and teaching certifications in yoga, meditation, and Ayurveda/mind body medicine. Dr. Lubbers has additional, related training in somatic experiencing, focusing-oriented therapy, clinical hypnosis, guided imagery, equine therapy, and structural bodywork (Hellerwork.) Her research highlights the synergistic healing benefits of bringing together somatic pathways for accessing our body’s wisdom with therapeutic art expression. www.darcylubbers.com


Rachael Collins, MA, LPC, ACS, R-DMT

Rachael Collins is a Somatic Psychotherapist and Clinical Supervisor in Broomfield, CO and Adjunct Faculty at Naropa University. She works primarily with individuals who have experienced complex relational trauma and specializes in utilizing body-based interventions within a relational and psychodynamically oriented therapeutic relationship in order to support her clients towards integrating their experiences. Rachael has been a yoga and meditation practitioner for over 10 years and believes that the integration of these practices can assist folks in moving towards a place of healing within themselves as we learn to turn towards our pain with compassion, support, and love.

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