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