Overcome traumatic experiences with Yoga

FBYlogo (2)Trauma Sensitive Yoga Teacher Training

Brighton Dec 13-15, 2013 

In this 16-hour training, yoga teachers and other clinicians will learn how to build a trauma sensitive yoga class and how to teach yoga-based self-regulation techniques to meet the needs of a wide variety of individuals.
Trauma Sensitive Yoga is an evidence-based approach that can help survivors overcome past traumatic experiences, empowering them to live connected and embodied lives. Traumatic events may lead to isolation and feelings of helplessness. Traumatic stressors can cause symptoms including anxiety and depression that lead individuals to develop a variety of dysfunctional coping strategies.
We will explore:
  • how to offer healthy self-regulation strategies, better coping skills and the use of breath and body sensations to connect safely to the present moment
  • how trauma is understood in Western allopathic medicine and through the holistic lens of yoga therapy
  • current research supporting yoga and mindfulness’ efficacy in treating trauma and practical tools to apply this information
  • how to successfully offer yoga programs in diverse settings including healthcare and social service facilities

Trauma survivors often come to the practice of yoga upon the recommendation of their healthcare providers in order to cultivate as Babette Rothschild, M.S.W., L.C.S.W. states, “the simple body awareness that makes it possible to gauge, slow down, and halt traumatic hyperarousal, and to separate past from present.” But not all yoga and meditation classes are designed to meet the unique therapeutic needs of individuals living with the somatic aftermath of trauma. Trauma-sensitive yoga classes help survivors gently reconnect with their bodies in a safe, supportive manner that emphasizes choice, mindfulness and ease.

Who should attend? This workshop is open to yoga teachers, clinicians and healthcare practitioners interested in learning practical tools to support clients using an evidence-based approach to Trauma Sensitive Yoga.
When: Dec 13-15, 2013 (Fri 5-9; Sat 12:30-6:30; Sun 1-7) Where: St. Michael's Community Hall, St. Michael's Place, Brighton (a short walk from Brighton railway station) Cost: Earlybird special £145.00 until November 8, then £160.00 Contact: sarahhdc@finebalanceyoga.ca
Feedback from a recent training: "You have such a gift, Sarah. I am so grateful for you sharing your experience, time, knowledge & compassion with us...you have a real obvious passion & connection to this work. I will absolutely use the tools I have learned in this workshop...in groups and 1:1 work."
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Sarah Holmes de Castro has been conducting yoga classes with a theraputic focus since 2003 with clients who are impacted by trauma and/or addiction. She is the Program Coordinator at Vancouver-based charity Yoga Outreach where she facilitates over 20 yoga programs in a wide variety of venues with clients living with mental health and addiction issues and the imapcts of trauma as well as offers trainings in trauma sensitive yoga for yoga teachers and healthcare practitioners.
In 2010 she completed a Trauma Sensitive Yoga Teacher Training at the Trauma Center, Boston, MA, and is currently completing a 1000-hour certification as a Yoga Therapist with Integrative Yoga Therapy.Fine Balance Yoga is a Canadian organization delivering trauma sensitive yoga teachers' trainings and providing yoga therapy for trauma, addictions and chronic pain.

Information & tickets are available here: http://finebalanceyoga-es2.eventbrite.co.uk/. I'm originally from Eastbourne but have been living in Vancouver for the past 10 years, working with Vancouver-based charity Yoga Outreach for around 8 years, coordinating anywhere from 20-25 free yoga programs in partnership with mental health, correctional, addiction & youth facilities and offering teacher and clinicians' trainings. I now also work as a therapeutic yoga teacher with Fine Balance Yoga, where with my partner, & (in collaboration with a trauma consultant with 30 yrs' experience) specialized yoga programs to support people living with the effects of trauma. My partner & I came to this work ourselves through our own recovery from trauma, using yoga as a means back into a fully lived life.