2019 Session Description

Sense-ational Svadhyaya
A journey of self-study through the 5 senses

For adults • Double 90
Category: Body/Mind
Maximum Participants: 24
Saturday 10:45am • Court 16
Time and location subject to change (what isn't?)

Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the Self. (The Bhagavad Gita)

The term Svadhyaya literally means ‘one’s own reading’ or ‘self-study’. It is the fourth Niyama of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. The word itself is made up of Sva, meaning own, self, or the human soul, and Adhyaya, meaning lesson, lecture, or reading and implies the practice of studying the Self and/or scriptures.

Join us for an experiential journey of self discovery using the body as the vehicle and the five senses as our fuel. We will explore the philosophy of yoga and spiritual anatomy as pathways to deeper self-knowing using sound, sight, taste, smell, and movement/touch. The intention of this session is to introduce new knowledge and techniques for self-study so that each participant develops their own personalized rituals along with a commitment to a lifelong journey of sensual self-discovery. The answers we seek lie within.

The Skinny: 3 things you will do in this session

  • Fundamentals of the 8 limbs of yoga with emphasis on Svadhyaya as an essential element of self-discovery
  • Explore and practice techniques for knowing oneself through activation of the 5 senses
  • Study thyself, discover the divine (Pata–jali Yoga S tra II.44)
Tamara Christensen
Phoenix, AZ
Tamara Christensen is on a mission to transform the way it feels to work. The founder of Idea Farm, she is a passionate and empathetic facilitator, trainer, speaker and author. Tamara has nearly 20 years of experience blending design thinking, creative problem solving, collaboration, and research to help organizations build innovation capabilities and apply them to complex business challenges.

Tamara works with a range of organizations from small not-for-profits and local businesses to global Fortune 100 companies including Honeywell and 3M. In addition to an MSD in Design Thinking and doctoral studies in teaching creativity, she has earned various facilitation certifications including the Integrating Creative Leadership program at the Creative Problem Solving Institute (CPSI), Lego® Serious Play® methods and materials and the Stormz digital collaboration tool for large groups and events.

Tamara presents at events around the globe including CPSI, CREA and Mindcamp. She has been described metaphorically as a glass of prosecco, a whirling dervish and a sharpie. Tamara’s book, F-ing Innovation: Why innovation is hard and what to do about it is now available on Amazon.


Tamara is a returning presenter. Click to see what they've presented in the past.

Iz Wyrd
Mesa, AZ
Izzi is a multidimensional healer, teacher, craftswoman & creativity alchemist. Variety is the spice of life as she masterfully weaves the ancient wisdom of plant medicine, yoga, sound therapy, artmaking, sacred ceremony & astrology into one big delicious cauldron of awesome! She resides in Tempe, AZ where she instructs Botanical Pharmacy for the Western Herbalism program at the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts. She holds a BA in Psychology & for the last decade has served as an educator in various settings ranging from public schools to NASA. She leads sacred sister circles, community healing events, co-hosts empowering women’s retreats while maintaining a private sound healing practice. Izzi shares how sensory perception is one of the keys for tapping into the deeper layers of our intuition & her essential oil blends ignite & inspire a curiosity that is often lost in the everyday mix. You’ll find Izzi enjoying nature, eating tasty food, singing songs & getting silly with her family.

This is Iz's first year presenting at Mindcamp.
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