Mark Hyman, MD
Mark Hyman, MD, has dedicated his career to identifying and addressing the root causes of chronic illness through a groundbreaking, whole-systems approach known as functional medicine. A family physician and five times #1 New York Times best-selling author, he is an internationally recognized leader, speaker, educator and advocate in his field. Mark is founder and medical director of the UltraWellness Center, chairman of the board of the Institute for Functional Medicine, and was awarded its 2009 Linus Pauling Award for Leadership in Functional Medicine. He is a board member of the Center for Mind-Body Medicine, and the Environmental Working Group and advisor to Dr. Mehmet Oz's HealthCorps and the Dr. Oz Show. He is a medical editor of the Huffington Post. He co-created The Daniel Plan with Rick Warren, Dr. Oz and Dr. Amen, a faith based initiative that helped a church lose 250,000 pounds. Please join him in helping us all take back our health at www.drhyman.com, follow him on twitter @markhymanmd and on Facebook. - See more at: http://colorado.wanderlustfestival.com/dr-mark-hyman
Dr. Sara Gottfried, M.D. is a Harvard integrative physician, speaker, and author of the forthcoming book, The Hormone Cure: Reclaim Balance, Sleep, Sex Drive, and Vitality Naturally with The Gottfried Protocol (Simon & Schuster, March, 2013). Dr. Gottfried believes in treating the root cause of problems, not just the symptoms. Also nationally-recognized yoga instructor, Dr. Gottfried teaches workshops and online courses to help women cultivate their sexy, vibrant, vital selves--and also has programs for practitioners to learn The Hormone Cure, her proprietary 3-Step Evidence-Based Integrative Method for natural hormone balancing. Dr. Gottfried teaches functional medicine and hormone balancing to practitioners and medical students at the University of California at San Francisco and Touro University, where she serves on the adjunct faculty. She has been featured in Yoga Journal, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Women's World, Yoga International, and Natural Health magazines and is the medical expert in the award-winning film, YogaWoman.
Dr. Khalsa is the Medical Director/Scientific Program Chair of the 3rd Annual Mountain Pose Yoga & Medicine Symposium. As a life long yoga practitioner, certified to teach at age 21, she began teaching yoga to her peers while in medical school. She attended the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, completed residency training at The Mayo Clinic, and has been trained in medical acupuncture and biopuncture. Dr. Khalsa lectures internationally and has created multiple CME conferences that educate medical professionals about yoga and wellness.
In addition to running a private integrative medical practice in Albuquerque, NM, she is currently implementing the first yoga and mindful-based wellness program for a national airport, at the Albuquerque International Sunport.
Joe Alcock, MD, MS is the Chief of the Emergency Medicine Service at the New Mexico VA Health Care System and an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the UNM Department of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Alcock is also an Adjunct Professor at the UNM Department of Biology where he teaches the course Evolutionary Medicine. He received his MD from UCLA School of Medicine in 1997 and finished his Residency in Emergency Medicine at the University of New Mexico in 2000. Dr. Alcock teaches Wilderness Medicine and Diving Medicine at UNM and has organized CME courses worldwide. His current research interests lie in the intersection of medicine and evolutionary biology.
Ron Alexander, PhD
Ronald A. Alexander, Ph.D, Teaches mindfulness practices and integrative mind-body healing therapies, executive director of the OpenMind Training® Institute in Santa Monica, a leading-edge organization that offers personal and professional training programs in integrative mind-body therapies, transformational leadership, and mindfulness. This unique method combines the wisdom teachings of the East with positive psychology and creative thinking into a comprehensive, integrated, behaviorally effective mind-body program. He is the author of Wise Mind, Open Mind: Finding Purpose and Meaning in Times of Crisis Loss and Change and the popular CD series Wise Mind, Open Heart and Mindfulness Meditations for Creative Transformations. He was one of the original trained Kundalini yoga teachers to combine psychology, meditation and yoga for a comprehensive holistic approach at the Center for Health and Healing at Cedars Sinai Medical Towers. In 1974 he was one of the co-founders of Kundalini Research Institute in Pomona CA. He has taught and studied Zen, Tibetan, Vipassana, and Mindfulness practices. Ordained in the lay Zen precepts. A long time student of Hatha, Ashtanga and Vinyasa flow yoga and he has studied and practiced in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Greece, Maui and Santa Monica.
A pioneer in the fields of Somatic Psychotherapy, Holistic Psychology, Mindfulness, Leadership Coaching, Integrative and Behavioral Medicine since 1970, Alexander conducts professional and personal trainings in the US, Europe, Russia, Canada, Japan, and Australia. Alexander teaches workshops and training programs at The New York Open Center, UCLA extension, Omega Institute New York, Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, Esalen Institute in Big Sur, CA, Exhale Center for Sacred Movement and Santa Monica Yoga Works.
- Visit him at: www.ronaldalexander.com and www.openmindtraining.com.
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Rolf Gates, author of the acclaimed book on yogic philosophy Meditations from the Mat: Daily Reflections on the Path of Yoga is a leading voice in modern yoga. He conducts Vinyasa Intensives and 200/500 Teacher Trainings throughout the U.S., abroad and Online.
Rolf's classes are a synergy of the freedom of a dynamic vinyasa flow and the structural integrity of yoga's therapeutic alignment principles. A former social worker and U.S. Army Airborne Ranger who has practiced meditation for the last 20 years, he brings his eclectic background to his practice and teachings.
Gates and his work were featured in numerous magazines, including Yoga Journal, Natural Health and People Magazine, and as one of Travel and Leisures' Top 25 Yoga Studios Around the World.
He is honored to be a contributor in the Good Men Project: Real Stories from the Front Lines of Modern Manhood, featured nationally on television and in print, Kris Karr's Crazy Sexy Life Blog and Gabrielle Bernstein's Add More Ing To Your Life.
Co-founder of the Yoga + Recovery Conference, Esalen Institute, Big Sur, C.A.,and Kripalu Center for Yoga and Healing Arts, he also brought yoga and functional stretching to the U.S. Department of Defenses' Summit on Sustainability.
Gates now lives in Santa Cruz with his wife and two children and has become an avid surfer, putting his yoga to work on his surfboard. - See more at: http://colorado.wanderlustfestival.com/rolf-gates
Elevating personal growth as a lifestyle, Ashley Turner, MA, MFTI is considered an innovator on the leading edge of the yoga industry - combining yoga, modern psychology and kick-ass spirituality.
A yoga instructor, mind-body psychotherapist, author and Ordained Priestess, her best-selling DVD's include: Power Yoga, Yoga for Weightloss, Yoga Bootcamp and Yoga for Stress Relief + Flexibility. She recently released her first book, AROMA YOGA and co-creator of the online program: LIVE YOUR TRUTH. LOVE YOUR LIFE
Known for her charisma, candor, and accessibility, Ashley elegantly weaves profound yoga philosophy and practical life-changing tips into a vigorous vinyasa flow. She writes for Positively Positive and The Daily Love and creates free weekly training videos at AshleyTurner.org. She's been featured on Martha Stewart Radio, Shape, Prevention, Self, Natural Health, Yoga Journal, Fitness and Origin Magazine among others.
Ashley leads transformative events to power points around the globe and works with clients via SKYPE.
Neil Pearson, MSc
Neil is a physical therapist in British Columbia, Canada, a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia, and a faculty member of Yoga Therapy training programs in Canada and USA. His clinical practice, yoga and education focus exclusively on pain, chronic pain and the lived experience of persistent pain.
Neil is the Founding Chair of the Canadian Physiotherapy Pain Science Division, and served on the executive committee of the Canadian Pain Summit. He is a Director with Pain BC, a non-profit organization working to enhance pain care services, and pain science education within universities, and for practising medical professionals. Neil is an invited presenter for Divisions of Family Practice, leading sessions on integrating therapeutic yoga into medical and community pain care programs, and on the translation of pain education research into clinical practice.
Neil's unique teaching style fuses modern evidence-based pain science with yoga, mindfulness, and breathing techniques, for the management of people with chronic and complex pain syndromes.