Trauma, broadly defined as ’too much experience too suddenly’ affects millions of people each year. Traumatic events leave their mark emotionally as well as physically as the symptoms of trauma are long-held within the body often dysregulating the central nervous system and creating ongoing feelings of hyper vigilance and physical agitation. Whether it be the news of a terrorist attack, a car accident, or physical/sexual abuse, the pain of trauma often leads survivors to disconnect. The body becomes the enemy, something to be feared and even abused. This disconnection leads to addictions, eating disorders, depression, isolation and hopelessness. Luckily, today there is a growing body of research finding that the ancient practice of yoga is a powerful treatment for trauma. Not only can yoga reduce the symptoms of trauma, but can reconnect survivors to their inherent worth and the light that is contained within.
Teaching yoga to trauma survivors requires compassion and patience as many survivors are fearful of their body and hesitant to connect to present moment sensations and emotions. This training seeks to ignite a conversation about trauma awareness that will help yoga teachers become more inclusive for students recovering from trauma.
You will learn:
The definition of trauma
How trauma is stored in the body
How to read bodies for signs and symptoms of trauma
Trauma sensitive presence and attunement as a teacher
Sequencing principles for a healthy stress response
How to safely use yoga sequencing and cueing to build resilience
How to include trauma sensitivity into public classes
How to hold space for students when emotions arise on the yoga mat
How and when to offer modifications
This course is for yoga teachers, yoga practitioners, clinicians and anyone else who uses yoga as a tool in their work with students/clients/patients.
Some experience of asana practice.
About the presenter:
Rachel Sherron, MA, LPC, RYT. In her role as the Coordinator of Trauma Awareness as well as Clinical Yoga Specialist at an all women's treatment center, Rachel strives to share her passion for body focused psychotherapy and trauma sensitive yoga. This passion has driven her throughout the country to present at national conferences as well as offer various workshops to mental health clinicians and yoga teachers. Rachel's dynamic and collaborative approach to trauma recovery is influenced by her training in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, interpersonal neurobiology, and yoga theory and practice. In both her private practice as well as her work at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center, Rachel considers her role in holding space for trauma recovery to be a sacred honor.