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Michael Pollan To Give Keynote at Yoga Journal New York Conference

Conference to be Held May 12-16, 2011 Hilton New York

February 19, 2011 -- (San Francisco, CA). Michael Pollan, author of the worldwide bestsellers The Omnivore's Dilemma, In Defense of Food, and Food Rules, will appear in conversation with Kaitlin Quistgaard, Yoga Journal's editor in chief, on Friday, May 13, at the Yoga Journal New York conference. The topic will be "Change Your Diet, Change the World."

The Yoga Journal New York Conference, to be held May 12-16, 2011 at the Hilton New York, offers yoga practitioners of all levels the opportunity to study with world-renowned presenters including Rodney Yee, Ana Forrest, Shiva Rea, David Life, Sharon Gannon, Seane Corn, David Swenson, David Life, Dharma Mittra, Desiree Rumbaugh, Cyndi Lee, Rod Stryker and others.

The entire schedule can be found at http://www.yjevents.com/ny/at_a_glance.php.

The conference includes:

  • 2-Day Business of Yoga Workshop, (May 12-13 -- one or two day passes available)
  • All-Day Intensives (Friday, May 13 & Monday, May 16)
  • Evening Classes (May 13)
  • Free Community Classes (May 13&14)
  • Main Conference (May 14-15)
  • Beginners Track (May14-15)
  • Teacher's Track (May 13-16)

Special Events, Performances and Lectures include:

Change Your Diet, Change the World: (Friday, May 13, 7:30pm - 9:00pm). Join best-selling author Michael Pollan and Yoga Journal Editor in Chief Kaitlin Quistgaard for an interactive conversation about what we eat and what our choices mean for the planet. Mr. Pollan will conclude the evening with a book signing.

Keynote Address by Matthew Sanford (Saturday, May 14, 1:30pm - 2:30pm). Matthew Sanford shares his remarkable story of surviving a devastating car accident and living with paralysis for the past 32 years—and how, through yoga, he has discovered new levels of sensation within his entire body. His story not only changes how one thinks about yoga and yoga poses but also shows how yoga can practically transform the world around us. Free and open to the public.

Panel Discussion: The Yoga of Food. (Sunday, May 15, 1:30pm - 2:45pm). What does it mean to eat like a yogi? Is there such a thing as a yogic diet? Join Aadil Palkhivala, Ana Forrest, Seane Corn, David Romanelli as they discuss how the practice of yoga affects our food choices. Moderated by Yoga Journal's Dayna Macy, author of the new book "Ravenous: A Food Lover's Journey from Obsession to Freedom." Free and open to the public.

Lead the Change: Women, Leadership, and the Future with Seane Corn & Elena Brower & Christy Turlington Burns (Monday, May 16, 9:00am - 4:30pm). In this daylong event, Corn, Brower and Turlington Burns show how to take your practice off the mat, into the world and be a leader for change. Through asana, contemplation, and inspiring conversation, they'll show how to develop the leadership skills necessary to create change in the world.

Closing Savasana with David Swenson (Sunday, May 15, 5:45 - 6:15pm). Let go of fatigue and adopt a state of profound meditation as Swenson guides you through a simple inward journey designed to show you how to relax, release, and unwind. Free and open to the public.

Day passes available for the Saturday and Sunday of the main conference.

Yoga marketplace featuring yoga props, clothing, jewelry, books, DVDs and more free and open to the public.

For pricing and information: www.yjevents.com, 800-561-9398, or email yoga@horizonconferences.com

For press passes and media information: Dayna Macy, 415-591-0729 or dmacy@aimmedia.com.

Conference sponsored by: Gold Sponsors: Gaiam, Jivamukti Yoga, lululemon athletica, Luna, Mindbody Online and YogaFit. Silver Sponsors: Anue, Kripalu, Larabar, Lucy, Manduka, Organic Valley, Pure Yoga, Sambazon, Vegetarian Times, YogaWorks, and Zohba.

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