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2 DAY TRAUMA SENSITIVE YOGA TEACHER TRAINING

Led by Trauma-Sensitive Yoga Teacher, Ellie Grace (MA), this 2-day training will explore the meaning, relevance and practice of trauma-informed yoga within studios, private practice, workplaces and the field of social work. As well as providing trainees with the tools and practices for teaching skilfully, the course also offers practical guidance on how to generate teaching work with relevant organisations, present evidence and persuade policy makers on the relevance of trauma-informed yoga.

THE YOGA STYLE 

The goal of a trauma-sensitive yoga practice is to build self awareness and resilience and to nurture tools for self regulation so we can develop self esteem, take care of relationships and feel safe and at-home within ourselves. Numerous studies now show how trauma-sensitive yoga is a vital component of experiencing yoga.

This training is informed by many years practice and study of yoga, mindfulness, somatics, neuroscience, psychotherapy, ecology and yoga as a tool for social change. Find out more about Ellie and her training background below. 

MEET ELLIE

Ellie's love of yoga and meditation began when she embarked on a life-changing series of classes whilst in the throes of grief.

Formerly a restaurateur, chef and food writer, she left her food business and trained in the Sivananda lineage, following her love of somatics and psychology to include trauma-specific yoga with the Prison Yoga Project and Veterans Yoga Project; the medicinal benefits of Ayurvedic food; and yoga, mindfulness and social change.

Ellie received her MA in Yoga Studies from Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles where her research synthesised multidisciplinary perspectives on trauma, death and grief; the body's intelligence, somatics and mental health; neuroscience, ecology, mysticism and spiritual growth. During this time she worked with war veterans suffering PTSD as part of UCLA's prestigious Operation Mend program and at the Venice Family Clinic, where she taught yoga for stress reduction.

She is currently writing a memoir on yoga for grief and works with private clients, studios and organisations seeking to create a sustainable working culture inspired by yoga ethics. 

WHAT WILL I LEARN

 

This highly experiential training draws from cutting-edge research and practices from experts in the field of trauma and somatic studies to understand the effects of unresolved trauma on the mind-body.

 

We’ll explore the neurophysiology of trauma, its effects on the nervous system, voice, identity, behavioural patterns, relationships and health, and study the role of yoga in supporting a safe healing process.

 

In combination with lecture-based teaching, there’ll be plenty of practice time to ensure what you learn is both felt and immediately useful in your own teaching.

The training will equip you with applicable theory, tools and practices to support those suffering trauma as they return to a feeling of safety and empowerment in their minds and bodies.

This highly experiential training draws from cutting-edge research and practices from experts in the field of trauma and somatic studies to understand the effects of unresolved trauma on the mind-body. We’ll explore the neurophysiology of trauma, its effects on the nervous system, voice, identity, behavioural patterns, relationships and health, and study the role of yoga in supporting a safe healing process. In combination with lecture-based teaching, there’ll be plenty of practice time to ensure what you learn is both felt and immediately useful in your own teaching.

The training will equip you with applicable theory, tools and practices to support those suffering trauma as they return to a feeling of safety and empowerment in their minds and bodies.

Who is this training for?

Perfect for yoga teachers, therapists, healthcare workers, healers, social workers or clinicians looking to upgrade their professional knowledge and skillset as part of an already-existing teaching or care-taking role as part of continuing professional development.

This training is for you if…

  • You’re increasingly aware of the use of the word ‘trauma’ but are unsure what it means or how to work with it

  • You have clients who present with troubling emotions or histories, you know yoga will help them but you’re not sure which practices will best support their healing

  • You want to know more about the mind-body relationship, gain a deeper understanding of how yoga transformed your life and wellbeing and now want to share what you know to be true at the embodied level with an evidence basis and the language to support you

  • You want to use your knowledge to help people feel safe in their minds and bodies

  • You seek a sangha to learn in and be supported by as well as direction on how to take this teaching off the mat and into the world

  • You want to up-level your skills as a yoga teacher with cutting edge neuroscience and somatic studies that are relevant to a broad range of user groups and communities

  • You want the practical details of how to approach organisations, charities or institutions with a pilot yoga course, including how to pitch to them, present data, charge for your time and become a permanent fixture in sharing this empowering and valuable knowledge

Topics we’ll cover include:

  • What is trauma? Understanding the mind-body connection, the role of the nervous system and Polyvagal Theory

  • Why yoga for trauma? Exploring case studies, research and the evidence basis for yoga

  • What to teach: Asana & pranayama

  • The importance of voice, language, cues and consent

  • Boundaries & self care for teachers

  • Applying your teaching: where to teach, approaching and pitching to organisations, creating pilot courses and presenting persuasive data

LOCATION

Effra Space, Effra Parade, London SW2

ACCOMMODATION & FOOD

This is a non-residential 2-day training. Accommodation and food to be arranged by students. 

COURSE DATE

Feb 15th & 16th 2020, 10am-5pm both days

INVESTMENT

 

£250 including course materials