Yoga, Trauma, and Healing | Online Immersion
May 12 - May 16
Current research shows that trauma is pervasive today, woven into the very fabric of human culture. Trauma may be due to circumstances in this lifetime, or inherited from previous generations. In this time of the pandemic where there is loss of life and political and social unrest, we are witnessing a global acceleration of the traumatic experience.
As yoga practitioners we must ask, what is trauma and how does it effect the body-mind?
How can stretching, breathing, meditation, sound, and visualization practice help break the grip of traumatic holding?
In this course we investigate the impact of trauma on the mind and body and how anxiety and stress become embedded in the body’s soft tissues. While the historical yoga teachings do not point directly to trauma, they refer to obstacles, afflictions, and “poisons” that impair progress on the path. We will examine contemporary research in psychology, dreamwork, neurology, and somatic-emotional processing in order to provide you with the tools necessary to address trauma in your community and for your students and clientele.
Course of Study
- How the “flight or fight or freeze” response effects muscular tone
- The impact of trauma on the emotional body
- The biology of trauma: how it effects the digestive system, fascia, nerves, and cardio-vascular system
- The effects of trauma on the classic seven chakras, particularly the throat and belly
- The reptilian brain in light of the archetypal force of kundalini
- Sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems
- The effects of trauma on the vagus nerve
- Thomas Hanna’s “Red Light Reflex”
- How the kleshas or afflictions from Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras and the Buddhist teachings compare to trauma in society today
- The impact of trauma on the ilio-psoas muscle, diaphragm, and gut
- First off—establish safety and containment
- Repair work: Establish continuity in space and time
- Working with sensation and image in meditation
- Movement practices for over-activated and under-activated states
- Discharging strain through movement, breath, and sound
- Pranayama for self-regulation
- Using visualization to repair ruptured boundaries
- Embodiment practices for bringing energy down into the legs
- Meditation: Working with Reptilian Brain
- Observing autonomic releases in the body
Daily Live Zoom Meetings: May 12 – 16 | 9:30am – 12:30pm [Mountain Time] EXCEPT Friday, May 14th | 9:30am – 1:30pm [Mountain Time]
*Friday includes bonus mentorship/Q&A session with Tias & Surya*
*Included in this course is bonus access to the Prajna Live classes on Tuesday, May 11 and Friday, May 14. All registrants will have extended access to these classes directly in their course curriculum*
** Yoga, Trauma, and Healing is good for 30 hours of total combined live training, pre-recorded material, classes, homework, and mentorship available for Continuing Education hours through Yoga Alliance
**Yoga, Trauma, and Healing can be applied towards required hours for the Prajna Yoga 300/500-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Program. Yoga, Trauma, and Healing is part of the Prajna Yoga Therapy Track.