UPSTATE CIRCLE OF FRIENDS

WHERE

Upstate Circle of Friends

29 Ridgeway Drive, Greenville, SC  29605

BYTA accepted an invitation from Upstate Circle of Friends (UCF), a local nonprofit, to collaborate and create a YPP weekend program responsive to the expressed desires of the community. This is a unique opportunity and deeply experiential learning for those who wish to incorporate aspects of yoga beyond the mat into their work.

UCF occupies the building and grounds of a former elementary school at the center the Belle Mead neighborhood, a diverse, low-to-moderate income neighborhood challenged with food insecurity and inaccessibility. UCF offers a wide variety of services to create and expand opportunities to enhance the quality of life for at-risk children of Greenville and their families. BYTA is honored to bring YPP to the heart of this community.

WHEN

August 5–7, 2022

REGISTRATION

Early bird registration deadline July 15

BYTA members   $250
Non-members   $275

Late registration July 16 – August 1

BYTA members  $275
Non-members   $300

TRAVEL TO GREENVILLE

By airline you will arrive at the Greenville Spartanburg (GSP) airport.

Driving is a great option if you live within 4-hours to Greenville.

HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS

Hilton Greenville
45 West Orchard Park Drive
Greenville, SC. 29615
864-232-4747

Rooms are available at the Hilton-Greenville at a discounted rate of $115/night. Room rate applies August 5–7 only. To book your room, click here. The hotel is a short car ride to the UCF location where ample parking is available.

Additional hotel accommodations in close proximity to the Hilton Greenville

Courtyard by Marriott 
70 Orchard Park Dr
Greenville, SC 29615

Hyatt Place
40 W Orchard Park Dr
Greenville, SC 29615

La Quinta by Wyndham
65 W Orchard Dr
Greenville, SC 29615

Quality Inn & Suites
50 Orchard Park Dr
Greenville, SC 29615

MEALS

A wide variety of restaurants are conveniently located near the hotels for your dining convenience. BYTA will provide lunch on Saturday, August 6 so that participants can share and enjoy a community meal.

Experience the practice of cultivating inner peace within a community setting!

Yoga As A Peace Practice® (YPP) training is customized to meet the unique needs of the communities that invite us. We offer a training designed to teach contemplative and restorative practices that cultivate resilience, inner peace, and well-being in individuals, families, and communities. It is available to yoga teachers, yoga practitioners, educators, health and wellness professionals and anyone interested in utilizing yoga as a pathway to peace.

YOGA AS A PEACE PRACTICE FACULTY

Terry Harris, ED.D.,
E-RYT 200

Terry Harris is executive director of student services for the Rockwood School District in St. Louis, MO. Along with his wife, Ericka, Alonzo Nelson and Melinda Alexandria, he is a founder of The Collective/STL, a group of yogis and educators in St. Louis, whose aim it is to make yoga, mindfulness, and self-care accessible. He was the guiding force in bringing Yoga As A Peace Practice to St. Louis (YPP STL) in 2019. — www.thecollectivestl.org

Jana Long, CIAYT,
ERYT-500

Jana Long is the executive director of the Black Yoga Teachers Alliance (BYTA), an organization she co-founded to provide a space where black yoga teachers can find support in community. She is a yoga educator and therapist specializing in the therapeutic application of yoga to inspire better health and wellness in adults 60+ years focused on the full spectrum of aging. Jana has traveled extensively to study yoga teachings with teachers and scholars of diverse lineages and cultures in Africa, India, and Central America to support her personal yoga practice which spans 50 years. — www.blackyogateachersalliance.org

Toya A. Moore, E-RYT 200

Toya Moore is an Air Force Veteran, returning from Active Duty in 2016, after 23 years of service. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Psychology from Park University and is finishing her master’s degree in Positive Psychology from Life University. She is a master resilience trainer, certified/registered yoga teacher, mental health first aid instructor, and diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) consultant. —

Charlene Muhammad, CIAYT, E-RYT 500

Charlene Marie Muhammad is a traditional healing practitioner, who focuses on supporting clients with a practical application to optimal health by using the healing tools she embraces in her personal life: herbal medicine, nutrition and yoga. A graduate of Cornell University, Charlene holds a Master of Science degree in Herbal Medicine from Maryland University of Integrative Health and is a Licensed Dietitian. Charlene is also a certified yoga therapist through the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT), an early childhood educator and childbirth Doula. She serves as Secretary to the Black Yoga Teachers’ Alliance Board of Directors. — www.urbanherbalist.org

Marilyn Peppers-Citizen, Ph.D., CIAYT, E-RYT 500

Marilyn Peppers, Ph.D., CIAYT, has 30 years of experience as a wellness professional and is dedicated to cultivating collaboration, community, and partnerships. As a certified yoga therapist, holistic health and wellness coach, and mentor she incorporates gentle movement, breathing techniques, and other wellness tools to support clients on their journeys of aging well. —
www.thedimensionsofwellness.com/about

Experience the practice of cultivating inner peace within a community setting!

Yoga As A Peace Practice® (YPP) training is customized to meet the unique needs of the communities that invite us. We offer a training designed to teach contemplative and restorative practices that cultivate resilience, inner peace, and well-being in individuals, families, and communities. It is available to yoga teachers, yoga practitioners, educators, health and wellness professionals and anyone interested in utilizing yoga as a pathway to peace.

YOGA AS A PEACE PRACTICE FACULTY

Terry Harris, ED.D., E-RYT 200

Terry Harris is executive director of student services for the Rockwood School District in St. Louis, MO. Along with his wife, Ericka, Alonzo Nelson and Melinda Alexandria, he is a founder of The Collective/STL, a group of yogis and educators in St. Louis, whose aim it is to make yoga, mindfulness, and self-care accessible. He was the guiding force in bringing Yoga As A Peace Practice to St. Louis (YPP STL) in 2019. — www.thecollectivestl.org

Jana Long, CIAYT, ERYT-500

Jana Long is the executive director of the Black Yoga Teachers Alliance (BYTA), an organization she co-founded to provide a space where black yoga teachers can find support in community. She is a yoga educator and therapist specializing in the therapeutic application of yoga to inspire better health and wellness in adults 60+ years focused on the full spectrum of aging. Jana has traveled extensively to study yoga teachings with teachers and scholars of diverse lineages and cultures in Africa, India, and Central America to support her personal yoga practice which spans 50 years. — www.blackyogateachersalliance.org

Toya A. Moore, E-RYT 200

Toya Moore is an Air Force Veteran, returning from Active Duty in 2016, after 23 years of service.   She holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Psychology from Park University and is finishing her master’s degree in Positive Psychology from Life University. She is a master resilience trainer, certified/registered yoga teacher, mental health first aid instructor, and diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) consultant. —

Charlene Muhammad, CIAYT,
E-RYT 500

Charlene Marie Muhammad is a traditional healing practitioner, who focuses on supporting clients with a practical application to optimal health by using the healing tools she embraces in her personal life: herbal medicine, nutrition and yoga. A graduate of Cornell University, Charlene holds a Master of Science degree in Herbal Medicine from Maryland University of Integrative Health and is a Licensed Dietitian. Charlene is also a certified yoga therapist through the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT), an early childhood educator and childbirth Doula. She serves as Secretary to the Black Yoga Teachers’ Alliance Board of Directors. — www.urbanherbalist.org

Marilyn Peppers-Citizen, Ph.D., CIAYT, E-RYT 500

Marilyn Peppers has 30 years of experience as a wellness professional and is dedicated to cultivating collaboration, community, and partnerships. As a certified yoga therapist, holistic health and wellness coach, and mentor she incorporates gentle movement, breathing techniques, and other wellness tools to support clients on their journeys of aging well. —
www.thedimensionsofwellness.com/abou

BYTA COVID-19 POLICY FOR IN-PERSON GATHERINGS

BYTA believes it is better to be safe than sorry and we encourage all participants to get vaccinated as a safeguard. We encourage you to bring your personal yoga mat to use throughout the weekend. A limited number of new yoga mats and rapid COVD-19 antigen tests will be available as needed. Some of our activities will take place outdoors.

CORONAVIRUS-RELATED RESTRICTIONS IN SOUTH CAROLINA
(updated May 24, 2022)

Vaccine and testing regulations: Gov. Henry McMaster (R) signed legislation April 25 that bars the state, local governments, and school districts from requiring COVID-19 vaccination as a condition for employment or attendance and prohibits places of public accommodation such as hospitals, restaurants, theaters and stores from denying service based on vaccination status. The measure took effect immediately and will remain in force through at least the end of 2023.

Mask regulations: There is no statewide requirement, and Governor McMaster issued an executive order in May 2021 invalidating local mask orders in effect at the time. A local mandate covering indoor public spaces in unincorporated parts of Richland County expired May 1.

More information: Check the state health department’s COVID-19 page.

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