Surrounded by the beautiful Rocky Mountains in Colorado, Urban Zen hosted its fourth Urban Zen Day at the 14th annual Yoga Journal Colorado Conference in a workshop that focused on the importance of preventative practice and self-care for knee injuries both on and off the yoga mat. Attendees, ranging from yoga practitioners to health care providers and two of our own Urban Zen Integrative Therapy (UZIT) students, Brenda Charbonneau and Eileen Speranza, greeted the snow-covered day with a meditation led by Yogi Richard Rosen. Esteemed orthopedic surgeon Dr. Larry Padgett defined and demonstrated the structure and function of the knee while fellow physician and Yogi, Dr. Baxter Bell, applied this information to the physiology of yoga. The Director of the Urban Zen Integrative Therapy program, Dr. Jamie Naughright, was also on hand to present the audience with the history of the UZIT program as well as offering her expertise of sports medicine. While guests experienced restorative poses, Tracy Griffiths and Julie Chertow of Young Living Essential Oils shared the therapeutic qualities of lavender, peppermint and YLEO’s exclusive blend, Valor.

This marks the last Yoga Journal Conference of 2009. We look forward to creating innovative and exciting workshops that will continue to raise awareness of the integrative therapies and the tremendous importance of self-care. The success of these workshops demonstrated the need for integrative therapy in a variety of different settings and uses in acute and chronic injuries, illnesses, and conditions.

Read more about the Urban Zen Integrative Therapy program.