Find Your Way to Wellness Within

by Mary Monroe on Jun 30, 2011

Enjoy the world's best Pilates, yoga and integrative fitness training at the 6th annual Inner IDEA® Conference

“When I think of ‘wellness within,’ the theme of Inner IDEA this year, the word that comes to me right away is balance—balance between mind, body and the breath,” says world-renowned yoga instructor and Inner IDEA presenter Rodney Yee, who will guide three sessions at the conference, including a large-group closing workout. “Wellness within is mindfulness and acceptance of what you are, what you feel inside and how it’s always changing. That process is helped by being attentive to the breath as it moves through the body. I don’t think wellness within denotes any specific thing on the outside. I could still be sick within and appear well on the outside. And while inner wellness promotes overall wellness, it does not guarantee that you’re going to be this example of perfect health outside. It has to do with an attitude of acceptance of what’s coming down the pike in this moment, and with being aware of the beauty that is arising in your life as it happens.”

Presenter Colleen Saidman Yee, Rodney Yee’s wife, expresses it this way: “Wellness within is being able to be where you are without exaggerating it or pushing it away, even if that place isn’t where you want to be.”

At the 2011 Inner IDEA Conference, a community of the most dedicated and visionary presenters, instructors and practitioners in the mind-body-spirit health arena will gather to explore the theme of “Wellness Within” through in-depth, groundbreaking education and training in Pilates, yoga and integrative wellness.

The 6th annual Inner IDEA Conference will take place October 6–9, 2011, at the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines Hotel in La Jolla, California, and will feature more than 100 sessions on the hottest topics and programs in Pilates, yoga, and wellness areas such as tai chi and qi gong, Nia®, GYROTONIC® exercise, mindfulness and meditation, nutrition, research, preventive medicine, and wellness business and career development.

“This is the only place in the world where instructors can find this combination of the highest level of education in Pilates, yoga and wellness all together in one place, in one weekend,” says Marcia Hayes, programming director for Inner IDEA. “While there are events that focus on yoga, Pilates or wellness, only Inner IDEA brings together the top names and programs in all three—in some ways, it’s like three conferences in one. For instructors or trainers who want to stay current in these fields, or to expand their scope of practice or level of expertise, this is the place to find what they need.”

Inner IDEA is well-known for its mindful learning environment designed to support all participants and many paths to health and wellness. “We live in a world that can be highly competitive and crazy at times,” says Hayes. “Inner IDEA is a haven from all that, where we focus on the present moment and explore what it means to have balance and integration between body, mind and spirit. It’s a personal journey as much as a professional one.”

Industry Legends Share Their Insights

This year Inner IDEA will feature legendary yoga teacher Rodney Yee and Pilates pioneer Lolita San Miguel, one of only two practitioners known to have been officially certified by Joseph Pilates.

Rodney Yee is one of the most prominent faces of yoga in the world and has appeared on Oprah, Good Morning America, PBS and too many television shows and magazines to count. Yee has created and appeared in more than 30 yoga videos and numerous audio recordings and has authored two books, Yoga: The Poetry of the Body (St. Martin’s Press 2002) and Moving Toward Balance (Rodale 2004). In 1987, he co-founded Piedmont Yoga Studio in Oakland, California. He helped create Gaiam’s online yoga club and is the executive director of Donna Karan’s Urban Zen Integrative Therapy Program, a 500-hour program that trains therapists to work with patients in hospitals and other settings using yoga therapy, aromatherapy, Reiki, nutrition and contemplative end-of-life care.

San Miguel will share her experiences working with the Pilates founder and describe the lifelong benefits that Pilates has brought her. “I’m 76 years old, and I leave on Wednesday to do workshops in Prague, Geneva and Amsterdam. Most 76-year-olds are not doing this! I practice daily, and I’m in excellent physical condition from head to toe, but the benefits are not just physical. I feel very together mentally and spiritually. I’m very clear, centered and mentally very focused. I’m so thankful for what Pilates has done in my life and want to share those benefits with as many people as possible.”

San Miguel received her first certification from Carola Trier, Joseph Pilates’s first disciple to open a studio, and then studied with Pilates himself. In 1967, the State University of New York awarded her a degree to teach the Pilates Method. Since then, she has never stopped learning, and much more recently she was certified by Polestar® Pilates Education and awarded a Gold Certificate by the Pilates Method Alliance®.

A Chance to Renew Your Spirit in the Fresh Ocean Air

This year’s conference will have a whole new feel as it moves from a desert environment to an oceanside setting surrounded by abundant natural beauty. The event will be held at the newly renovated Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines Hotel, which offers spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and overlooks the famous Torrey Pines Golf Course. The luxury hotel is just a short walk from the world-famous Torrey Pines State Reserve, known for its sandy beaches, golden cliffs, sweeping views and hiking trails through forests of torrey pines, the rarest native pines in the United States. The torrey pines woodland area overlooking the Pacific is one of Southern California’s truly unique and historic areas.

The hotel is conveniently close to La Jolla’s world-class shopping and nightlife, along with all the activity and vacation opportunities San Diego has to offer. There are more than 70 miles of coastline to explore, and sports and recreation options range from surfing, sailing, kayaking and hang-gliding to biking, running, swimming and diving.

Special events during the conference include Friday night’s Welcome Reception, where you’ll meet presenters and peers who share a passion for wellness; master classes with Rodney Yee and Lolita San Miguel; a lively Saturday night panel discussion on visions for the future of Pilates; and once-in-a-lifetime movement sessions where you will close the event together with the full Inner IDEA community on Sunday.

This year Inner IDEA will offer water programming, plus more outdoor experiences—day and night—than ever before. You can also shop for products, books, music, clothing, accessories, equipment and much more. Inner IDEA offers a broad selection of products from leading mind-body-spirit wellness providers. (Take advantage of special discounts!)

In-Depth Training in Yoga, Pilates and Wellness

Most of this year’s program is brand-new, with fresh faces and innovative ideas, sessions and experiences. Highlights include two new preconference workshops: “STOTT PILATES® Pilates With Props, Levels 1 & 2” with PJ O’Clair and “SmartSpine™: Core Ability to Optimum Mobility” with Marie-José Blom. These 4-hour in-depth training sessions give you an opportunity to expand your knowledge base, technical skills and client reach in a specialized area of your choice. Sign up early—preconference sessions are expected to sell out.

Here are some of the other hot topics on this year’s program:


  • Pilates veteran Lolita San Miguel sharing insights on the life, philosophy and teaching techniques of Joseph Pilates
  • Panel Discussion: Visions—The Pilates of Tomorrow, With Lolita San Miguel, Rael Isacowitz, MA, Michael King and PJ O’Clair, moderated by Kathy Corey
  • Boomer Pilates
  • Connecting the Feet to the Body
  • Contemporary Integrative Movement With Pilates Equipment
  • Flow Water Style Pilates
  • Focusing on the Core
  • Insights in Alignment, Anatomy, Cuing, Correcting
  • Instructing a Multilevel Group Reformer Class
  • Jumpboard Interval Training
  • Mat and Small Equipment
  • Osteoporosis Management
  • The Pilates Professional—Understanding Studio Operations and Money to Create Success
  • Reformer for Dancers
  • Reformer Tower: Creative Programming for Older-Adult Clients
  • Reformers With STOTT PILATES and D&D Pilates
  • This Hurts My Neck! This Hurts My Back!
  • Two-Point Touch Cuing for the Reformer
  • Yoga

  • Rodney Yee guiding three powerful yoga sessions: “The Urban Zen Integrative Therapy,” “Everyday Yoga” and “Yoga for Restoration”
  • Find Y.O.G.A.—Your Own Gorgeous Asana
  • The Art of Savasana, Empowered Rest
  • Ayurvedic Yoga—The Five Elements
  • Developing the Teacher’s Eye
  • Santosha: The Art of Being Content With Your Body and Your Practice
  • Sun Salutations
  • Teaching and Practicing From the Integrity of the Pose
  • Teaching Yoga to Ease Depression and Anxiety
  • Warrior Within
  • Yoga Tune Up®
  • Integrative Wellness

  • BOSU® Pilates
  • Brain Body Training
  • Burn at the Barre
  • Drums Alive®: The Mind-Body Connection
  • The Eight Ancient Treasures of Qigong
  • 40 Is Not the New 30
  • Improve Balance and Core for Women of All Ages
  • Mind-Body Circuit Sensations
  • Mind-Body Endurance, CoreFitnessRoller™
  • Spa for the Soul: Instructor Self-Care
  • Tai Chi to Go
  • Tri Balletone®
  • The Wounded Weekend Warrior
  • Yo-Nia: Dynamic Movement Into Stillness
  • Wellness Hot Topics

  • Hormones: A Critical Link to Health
  • How Your Thoughts and Attitude Affect Your Hormones and Life
  • Somatic Experiencing and Integrative Wellness Study
  • Stress Reduction and Rejuvenating Techniques
  • Super Foods to Super Fabulous: Optimize Your Immune System, Your Metabolism and Your Health
  • What IS Marketing?
  • Whole-Brain Techniques and Exercise
  • Winning at Losing—Strategies for Insulin Resistance
  • Women, Weight and the Menopausal Middle
  • Unique Ways to Engage Your Spirit

  • Aqua Mind-Body Sessions
  • The Inner Runner
  • Labyrinth Walks
  • Torrey Pines Nature Walk
Sign Up Soon

Inner IDEA® is designed to be an intimate educational event experience, and participation is limited to 550 attendees. Past Inner IDEA conferences have sold out, so decide early if you are going to attend. You can register by website, phone, fax or mail. See for more information. The advance-registration deadline is August 26, 2011.

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Mary Monroe

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Mary Monroe is a freelance writer in the Los Angeles area.