Home Health & Wellness “Find Your Balance” at the Yoga Journal Live January 15 – 19

In Part 1 of our 3-part Yoga Journal Live Series, find out how these four top wellness practitioners and yoga instructors are finding balance at Yoga Journal Live in San Francisco.

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Less than one week away, the 12th Annual Yoga Journal Live! is once again preparing to bring the world’s most influential yoga and wellness instructors under one roof from January 15-19 at the Hyatt Regency Embarcadero. Renowned yoga instructors Dharma Mittra, Stephanie Snyder, Rusty Wells, Deb Burkman, Seane Corn, Rodney Yee, Shiva Rea, David Swenson, Jason Crandell and others will teach over 100 classes for all levels and styles of yoga.

This year, the 5-day event will embody the theme, “find your balance,” which starts on the evening of Friday, January 16 when key innovators will come together to discuss how yoga is shaping every area of modern life, from technological advancement to socioeconomic policy and world politics.  The global impact of yoga will be explored with renowned speakers: Congressman Tim Ryan will speak on mindfulness and public policy, Beryl Bender Birch on breaking barriers in healthcare and veterans programs, and Google’s Gopi Kallayil on technology and mindfulness.

Until then, find out more about how these four innovators, executives and yoga instructors – who each have offerings at Yoga Journal Live – are finding balance with yoga.

Deb Burkman, Yoga Instructor, San Francisco

Deborah Burkman  Image via Burkmanyoga.com

Deborah Burkman Image via Burkmanyoga.com

One of the things I respect about the Yogasutra is that Patanjali is a realist.  He describes the challenges that we are going to have in life.  He has no illusion that life is going to always be easy. The good news is that he tells us that if we have a stable mind and body,  if we are “in balance,” we will have something to hold on to inside of us that can help us through the hard times.  Meditation and Asana practices are just a couple of the tools he gives us to help us connect to our Self and come back into balance.  The Yoga Journal theme is important because it is difficult to be “in balance”.  Many of us work long hours, we don’t sleep enough, and we constantly distract ourselves with our computers and cell phones. Yoga offers tools to help us slow down.  Yoga helps us reflect and take care of ourselves, both physically and mentally.

Gopi Kallayil the Chief Evangelist, Brand Marketing at Google and Life In Balance lecturer

Gopi Kallayi  Image via Twitter.com

Gopi Kallayi Image via Twitter.com

Yoga has an even more important role outside the ashram and studio environment and off the mat. Yoga has a big role to play in the political, social, technology and economic fields. In all these fields human beings show up and use their inner technologies – their body, brain, breath, mind and consciousness. The quality of their work and decisions is determined by how these technologies are performing, how they are in balance and alignment. Yoga is a fantastic tool to keep these inner technologies finely tuned.

Rusty Wells, Yoga Instructor, San Francisco
Rusty Wells  Image via bermudayogafestival.com

Rusty Wells Image via bermudayogafestival.com

Balance By the Bay is all about sampling every delectable bite of the vastness of this practice. This is the best of creative self-expression. In San Francisco, creativity knows no bounds and I am so happy to be part of a class of cutting edge teachers and practitioners. This city and this yoga rocks like no other (on every level!).

Beryl Bender Birch, Director/Founder of The Hard & The Soft Yoga Institute and The give Back Yoga Foundation

Beryl Bender Birch  Image via Yogaonyork.com

Beryl Bender Birch Image via Yogaonyork.com

Yoga helps people in pain, whether it is managing the physical pain of disease or injury, or coping with the psychological pain of accepting loss or old age or death.  It helps corporate executives deal with stress and think more clearly. It helps everyone who does it, doesn’t it? Yoga, when not extracted from its cultural and spiritual roots, is an experience of union – of the body and the mind and of the individual soul with universal soul.  It cannot be described – it can only be experienced.  In every day usage, we use the term synonymously with asana – we tell our friends, “Oh, I am going to do yoga” and they think we are going to exercise. But yoga isn’t just asana, or a workout, or gymnastics or aerobic or even a good stretch.  It’s a brilliant and sophisticated methodology that is helping people all over the country find out more about who they really are.