Accessible Yoga Conference @ Integral Yoga Institute
Oct 11 – Oct 13 all-day

Use code “Molly” at checkout to get a 10% discount!

How can we create an inclusive, equitable and accessible yoga community? How can we adapt yoga practices (asana, breathing, meditation) to support people with disabilities, injuries or chronic illness? What effect does the constant barrage of marketing images that reinforce society’s narrowly defined beauty standards have on our students? How has the #MeToo movement influenced important conversations about consent culture, abuse, and led to questioning the gurus and lineages we may have held dear?

Many people seem to be waking up and asking: Where is yoga heading? What really matters in this community and industry? How does my teaching welcome or alienate people who are new to the practice? What about my role in cultural appropriation? What does it really mean to be accessible? Who is the face (and body) of yoga?

For the Accessible Yoga Conference in New York City, we are joining the search for deeper meaning. We’ll be exploring topics like yoga and wellness, adaptive and chair yoga, therapeutic yoga for illness or injury, race and yoga, yoga for vets, yoga in recovery, yoga to support underserved communities and folks with marginalized identities, living our values while still operating in systems of oppression, and most of all, connecting, supporting, and rejuvenating folks who are dedicating their work and their lives to helping the world see the humanity in one another. Join us in creating a yoga community that is equitable and accessible. 

New York City

Uncovering Joy with Nina Rao @ Abhaya Yoga Gowanus
Oct 13 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

True Joy is not dependent on outward conditions. True Joy is a state of being that arises from being connected to our True Nature, the part of ourselves that is untouched by anything that has ever happened in life or anything that ever will… the part of ourselves that always exists in Peace. We can create the conditions for this authentic joy to arise and grow as a constant experience that holds us throughout the changing experiences of life which can be uplifting and challenging. We will do exactly this during this workshop using kirtan (call-and-response mantra chant), breathing, yoga, yoga nidra guided meditation, and deep connection. Join Nina and Molly for this unforgettable journey into the heart of Joy.

Molly Birkholm is a yoga & meditation teacher trainer, speaker, advisor, show host, and author. She is the co-founder of Warriors at Ease, which has pioneered evidence-based resilience and trauma treatment programs that are used in the US military, including training more than 2000 instructors who work at more than 65 military bases and VA hospitals. Molly’s peak performance & resilience training, stress management courses, and trauma treatment programs have been used by c-suite leaders and top organizations, including the US Department of Defense, McKinsey & Company, and the Young Presidents’ Organization. Molly leads programs around the world and also teaches students through her programs on The Great Courses and as the host of Women’s Empowerment Initiative on Yoga International. www.mollybirkholm.com

Nina Rao learned traditional chants (bhajans) from her grandfather in a village in south India when she nine years old. The chants quietly stayed with her until she rediscovered chanting with Krishna Das in New York in 1996. For many years Nina has been Krishna Das’ business manager and assistant, often touring with him playing cymbals and singing. In 2007, she recorded the track ‘Nina Chalisa’ on Krishna Das’ CD “Flow of Grace ” and in January 2013, she released her debut album, “Antarayaami – Knower of All Hearts” and her second album “Anubhav” in 2018. Nina regularly leads kirtan, chanting of the Hanuman Chalisa workshops, and leads chanting retreats in her hometown of Brooklyn, NY and beyond. NinaRaoChant.com

$60 early bird / $70 day of

Uncovering Joy

Trauma, Recovery & Empowerment @ Newtown Congregational Church
Oct 26 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join us for a lecture and Q&A with Molly Birkholm, Co-Founder of Warriors at Ease and a trauma educator of “Trauma, Recovery and Empowerment”. Learn tools that can enhance everyday life and help to uncover a deeper sense of joy. Molly will be joined by Joy Hoffman, founder of “The Joy of Art” and “The Joy of Yoga Nidra” who will lead a session of yoga nidra following the discussion.

All Proceeds with benefit Ben’s Lighthouse a program founded in memory and celebration of Ben Wheeler that seeks to foster all children’s potential to build a more compassionate and connected world. Ben’s Lighthouse provides programs and opportunities that help kids and teens develop empathy, self-awareness and social connection.


What can I bring into the event?

To experience yoga nidra during the second portion of the evening, please bring a yoga pad, two blankets and a washcloth. Chair yoga will be available for those who desire that option.

Molly Birkholm