“Trauma sensitive” or “trauma informed” Yoga is the new buzzword in Yoga training.
Whether for domestic violence survivors, sexual assault survivors, or military vets with PTSD, Yoga for trauma survivors seems to be all over the place and that’s a good thing.
If you’re in the Chicago area you can take my training at Ganesha Yoga and Adventures in Fitness at 3113 North Lincon Avenue. I originally planned to offer this training in my shala in the far western suburbs but received no interest whatsoever and frankly, that astounds me. I am grateful to the studio owner in Chicago for hosting me and I am excited to teach in Chicago again! You can read some of my blog posts on trauma sensitive Yoga here.
Here are the details:
YOGA FOR EMOTIONAL BALANCE
This ground-breaking weekend training utilizes Trauma Sensitive Yoga and Yin Yoga therapeutics. Each day includes lecture and discussion and body awareness practice via Yoga and guided meditations.
Many people experience a traumatic event and develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The number of diagnosed military PTSD cases has jumped 50% and many go unreported. According to the American Medical Association sexual violence is the most under-reported crime. People have been in car accidents, have witnessed violence in abusive households, or have lost a loved one and experience traumatic grief. Yoga combined with talk therapy can be doubly effective in lessening traumatic responses.
THESE ARE OUR STUDENTS. Because trauma is held in the body I believe every Yoga teacher should be informed about trauma phenomena — odds are that there is a trauma survivor in class. This training is designed for Yoga teachers, Yoga teacher trainees, and clinicians who work with trauma survivors. Required reading is Linda’s article “Compassionate Presence: Teaching Trauma Sensitive Yoga” in Yoga Therapy Today: https://mettayoga.files.wordpress.com/2011/10/ytt-summer-insight.pdf
Some of the topics included in this weekend training are:
- What is PTSD?
- Yoga as therapy for PTSD
- How to teach yoga to trauma survivors using asana, pranayama, and mantra
- Trauma triggers, using props, inclusive language, adjustments
- Taking Mindfulness to the mat
- Liver (anger) and Kidney (fear) Meridian theory in Yin Yoga practice
- Metta (loving-kindness) meditation practice
One thought on “Yoga for Emotional Balance — Chicago Training, May 1-3, 2015”
I wish I lived in Chicago….