Yoga Training Workshops: Yoga Therapy for Health and Healing for Body, Mind, and Spirit

[If you are interested in attending, it will be helpful if you would complete the DANAM Registration form (NO FEE) and note in the Comments box that you anticipate attending one or more of the yoga workshops. (There may be an additional session on Sunday afternoon, 2-4 p.m. – please let us know your preference.)]

In addition to the panel presentations at the DANAM Conference, this year you will have an opportunity to view or participate in yoga demonstrations and instruction. The training instructor will be Dr. Dilip K. Sarkar, MD, FACS, D.Ayur., and DANAM Trustee, who is one of the foremost experts in Yoga Therapy, combining his 40-year experience in Conventional Medicine with his extensive knowledge of Integrative Medicine, including Ayurveda and Yoga Therapy.

Dr. Sarkar will give a demonstration on asanas, pranayams and mudras that can help with such chronic ailments as back pain, arthritis, diabetes, and insomnia, and aid with mental concentration. The sessions are planned for Friday and Saturday mornings (7:15-8:15 a.m.) and Sunday morning for a longer session (9-11 a.m.).

Location: Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel – Saint Maurice room. You may participate, either on the floor (wear loose clothing and, if you wish, bring a small spread) or seated on a chair, or simply view the demonstration. Active participants should refrain from eating for 3-4 hours before the session (other than a small amount of water). Dr. Sarkar be available during DANAM 09 to answer any questions.

After 30 years of practice as a Vascular Surgeon in Tidewater Virginia, Dr. Sarkar retired from practice after suffering a heart attack and undergoing by-pass surgery in 2001. Since then, he developed a profound interest in Ayurvedic medicine and Yoga Therapy, devoting considerable time to the study of these ancient treatments and wellness philosophies in Virginia and in India.

Dr. Sarkar has held positions that included teaching as a primary focus of his medical career. He was an Associate Professor of Surgery at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Virginia, and Chairman of the Department of Surgery and Chief of Staff at Portsmouth General Hospital. He serves on several local and national healthcare boards as: Founding Member, National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA) and Member of its Research and Standards Committee; Member, International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT); and, Fellow, American Association of Integrative Medicine (AAIM).

Dr. Sarkar is a certified Ayurvedic Practitioner, and continues to practice and teach classes in Yoga Therapy, Mind/Body Connection, Ayurvedic wellness, Integrative Nutrition, and Integrative Medicine. Currently, he is the Executive Director, School of Integrative Medicine, Taksha Institute, Hampton, Virginia.

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