A workshop defining and connecting the dots of trauma, mindfulness, yoga, and social justice.
Becoming trauma informed within a yoga setting means recognizing that our story doesn’t dissolve away when we step onto our yoga mat. Human beings all share some sense of suffering and, as yoga teachers, it’s important to acknowledge the likelihood that every class we teach will have participants who have suffered trauma. As yoga practitioners, it can be empowering to understand trauma and how our yoga practice has the capacity to support and heal us.
Teaching yoga through a trauma informed lens means respecting the innate ability of every individual to self soothe, self-regulate, and be present in their body in a way that feels safe. We all have a right to be well and feel empowered in our own skin. There are clear and useful tools that every teacher can use to make their offering of yoga more trauma-informed.
This workshop will:
• Define trauma and what can occur psychologically and physiologically
• Explore the difference between stress, chronic stress, and traumatic stress and the role of the autonomic nervous system in self-regulation
• Share an overview of trauma theory as well as the latest research in neuroscience in regards to trauma and mindfulness
• Discuss tools to facilitate a practice that is adaptive, not prescriptive
• Share the value of creating a culture of consent and choice through small group discussion and practice
• Hold space to speak on topics such as spiritual activism, cultural appropriation, and spiritual bypassing within a modern yoga context
• Provide clear take-aways and resources for supporting our own practice, our students, and our yoga communities
This workshop is not a substitute for therapy or treatment and the goal is not to become a trauma expert. It is intended to be a space of defining and connecting the dots of trauma, mindfulness, yoga, and social justice. Ideal for yoga instructors as well as folks curious about how to support their yoga practice and/or community. The workshop will culminate with an asana (posture) class and guided meditation, but participation is not mandatory.
Date: Saturday 30th November 2019
Time: 3pm – 6.15pm 3pm – 5pm
Lecture 5.15pm – 6.15pm – Practice
Price: 250 AED (plus VAT)