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Yoga Tools for Trauma Workshop Series

What are Yoga Tools for Trauma?

Learn some of the science behind the body’s natural response and the tools yoga can offer to find relief and come home to yourself.

In this series, we will:

  • Define trauma as seen through the lens of yoga

  • Explore the physiological impact of trauma

  • Learn about yogic philosophy related to how we process trauma

  • Practice yogic tools to process trauma through the layers of human-ness

Who is this series for?

Yoga Tools for Trauma is for anyone with an interest in learning more about trauma, which may include those who have directly or indirectly experienced trauma, and working professionals and teachers.

Schedule + Investment

Sundays, 9:00-11:00am MDT

  • September 13, 2020

  • September 20, 2020

  • September 27, 2020

Each session will include a presentation on that week’s focus, accessible movement, guided relaxation, and time for questions. Each session will also include a handout and recommended reading list, if you would like to dive deeper into the topics.

Register Here

PRICING  $50 Non-Member / $45 Member

Tuition is for the entire series. Please try your best to attend all three sessions.

REGISTRATION  Please pre-register at least 30 minutes prior to the start of the first session to guarantee your spot and receive your Zoom link.

Recommended props + materials:

  • A quiet space where you are able to feel comfortable and focus

  • Yoga mat or blanket for the floor

  • Blanket(s)

  • Chair or couch (optional – if you’d rather not be on the floor)

  • Notebook and pen (optional – if you’re a note-taker)

Zen and the Art of Vroom Vroom

My dad once told me he likes to ride motorcycles because, “the bullshit blows off in the wind.”

I agree. And there’s almost science to prove him right.

My dog and I used to live in the mountains, with lots of wildlife frequenting our windows and yard. On one occasion, a bird flew in the house (to my dog’s delight), hit a skylight (not to the bird’s delight), and fell to the ground, motionless.

Knowing the trauma response common to many animals, I wrapped him up and took him outside to a safe place, where he lay still for hours, until finally shaking and flying off to wherever tiny mountain birds go.

When an animal faces a traumatic event, once clear of the danger it pauses and shakes. This is how animals naturally respond, as kind of a system reset so they don’t carry stress with them, like humans do.

(Read more about this in Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers, by Robert M. Sapolsky.)

People are just bipedal animals with egos. We have the same need to release trauma and stress as our four-legged and winged friends, and when we don’t, it gets stored in our bodies. We need to shake sometimes, just like we have a need to lie down when we’re tired or how our bodies bruise when we run into a table.

But because we’re humans, we also have the incredible ability to ignore how we feel. We can stifle trauma, stress, grief, and pain for a very long time before the body gives up and forces us to listen. Have you ever had a really stressful week, and then you’re sick all weekend? That’s your body asking you to slow down. Shaking is one way to release the stuck stuff in your system.

Don’t believe me? Listen to this PTS survivor’s relationship to trauma and shaking.257H (1)

So here’s my theory: The vibration of a motorcycle is similar to the stress/trauma shaking response. It’s literally shaking your whole body while your system’s stress or, “the bullshit,” moves. You can also call this “wind therapy,” if you like.

I don’t have research or scientific evidence to back this up. But from my experiences on motorcycles, there’s certainly something freeing, something that shifts the present experience into something lighter and more manageable.

If you don’t have easy access to a motorcycle, luckily there are other tools to help us learn to listen to our bodies and prevent or deal with the eventual “crash” of ignoring symptoms. Therapeutic yoga can help connect you to these tools. Whether you’re ready to join a public class, try a one-on-one session, or receive tools from a virtual session in your home, know that the tools are available for you, and all you have to do is ask.