Yoga for PTSD

Yoga for PTSD

I have suffered enough…

I think that’s what happened… Somewhere from the darkness, this knowing came.  I have suffered enough!  So quiet, it was that it must have merely dawned on me at some point and through the fog of despair this near imperceptible feeling became the catalyst that has propelled me to where I am today, such an advocate of yoga for PTSD.

As I conjecture, taking a moment now to look back, I wonder if God’s graceful and consistent whisper wasn’t, “you have suffered enough…” and somewhere deep within the one who was wounded, a hidden back door opened allowing said Grace to enter.  Albeit unbeknownst to me at the time, as I was deeply identified with the one who was ill and couldn’t get out of bed, the pain so agonizing as to put me to the floor in tears, yet, Grace did come.

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You see, that is the thing about trauma and PTSD (and why yoga for ptsd is so helpful)…  One gets deeply wrapped up in the experience, so much so that there is no new experience, without the bodies memory of the impact of the event.  And when it gets extremely bad, the body never comes out of fight/flight, the memory of the event no longer so prevalent as everything in the world around me is sharp and harmful… or at least that is what my nervous system can tell me.

As imperceptible as this feeling/notion was at the beginning, I can say now, looking back, that it gained momentum, slowly at first, oh so very slowly, and it did pick up, but jeepers the agony of it…  I get it! What I am speaking about was mere months ago, and the gain in momentum is still variable, yet undeniably so, progress is being made… consciousness is expanding.  Ultimately, something within me fully acknowledged that I had suffered enough. 

And that’s when things around me began to change… starting with the pain, something began to release and all I can say is assistance showed up, every single time I needed it.  Miraculous, in plain speak, but in retrospect, I can see the elegance of it all.  God is not intending human beings to suffer.  and yet we do…  amazingly well, I might add!  The Human Race has become earthly residential experts at it, and few succeed in completely becoming free of this uniquely human condition.

So I work at it… it’s not always easy… Sometimes, I am successful… most often I fall short. But I have found through my practices (yoga for ptsd) there is a Presence whom is always there for me when I falter and the forgiveness I struggle to give myself, is ever-present when I am tuned with it…

That is the work… imperceptible whisper heard from my bed of despair, but full on conversations, inspirations, vitality, direction and drive when I am feeling good…

I suffered enough… and yet, still everyday… I face the chasm; its yawn could envelope me, if I let it and when I remember to turn away from the observations that pull me toward that gaping yaw, I feel good!  Needless to say, I have determined it is my responsibility to focus on that which allows me best to feel at ease in my being and have gained empirical evidence that doing so not only brings Joy, but also clears the way for an easier path with less obstacles and greater achievements.  

Clarity comes and life flows easily.  Dharma… Service in Action.  Consciousness itself expanding on its leading edge, through YOU.  That’s COOL!  Right!!??

Something happens… call it a miracle (because no short of could it be!)  Somehow… the point of identification can shift, does shift and we begin to see the wounded one and realize we can observe him or herRest in this awareness when it comes… nurture and allow it to return frequently.  Find ways that work for you to cultivate this feeling, because it is a feeling only you will know and your way to it will be unique to you.  Always remember, no matter where you are on your journey… teachers will come and go, leaders, too.  You are the only constant and ultimately your unique way and practice will be revealed… to you, unfolded by you and realized by you.  Yes, you will be guided, a student and a teacher, and you will experience many, many things… but, it will always be up to you to find your way hOMe when the cacophony returns, and it will return.

I am READY…  are you?  (Yoga for PTSD)

Join me at the Sedona Yoga Festival, March 9-12, 2017 for the first of its kind; Traumatic Stress, Healing & Resiliency with Yoga: an optional integrated training at the upcoming consciousness evolution conference held every year in the place I am blessed to call home.  Each year, SYF becomes a platform for giving back, as we train yoga teachers, care givers and survivors alike to understand the needs of a significant population in our over-stressed American culture; those affected by Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and its often debilitating symptoms, consequences and effects.  We have trained hundreds over the years and affected the lives of thousands. Yoga for PTSD works.  Period.

This year we aim higher (holding space for 210 attendees…) and by integrating this optional track into the festival schedule, we believe we will see more graduates from this CEU approved series of master classes and workshops than ever before!

SYF GIVES BACK program faculty have always been carefully selected by Heather and I to provide the largest scope possible to identifying, understanding and solving the problem through the the Science of Yoga, Meditation and other energy medicine modalities.  This year, several of the faculty have been monumental in my healing journey; their methods and teachings instrumental in my post-traumatic growth.

I can personally attest to the efficacy of these practices and if applied, consistently, diligently and with focus, one can experience a shift…  relief comes, even if but for a moment, it comes… and it will lead to more.

And one day… not too far in the future, you will take a moment to look back and say, “I suffered enough… have you?”

“There is another way…”, You will say.

 

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Adventure Travel – the Makings of an Aumbase Sedona Adventure

Adventure Travel – the Makings of an Aumbase Sedona Adventure

Does adventure travel inspire you…? We have all done it, and if not, we want to… we all dream about it, whether aware or not, and the big screen provides innumerable examples of losing ourselves in EPIC adventures; we are a culture of dreamers, oft just dreaming, not as much doing.  But you can change that!

Adventure Travel with Aumbase Adventures

Choose your own adventure – Always.

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A common theme in the adventure travel arena is the backdrop, of course being ‘out there… in nature’ is the ultimate and where it happens can actually contribute (positively and/or negatively) to the experience.  Aumbase Adventures, based in Sedona, Arizona, USA, certainly boasts a very distinctive and unique backdrop for the discerning Adventure Travel enthusiast, providing intuitively created transformational experiences focused in yoga, meditation & mindfulness (on the land & in the studio)  in the heart of an undisputed spiritual mecca of the American West.  Sedona and her surrounding lands, the vistas and vortexes, the red rocks and Oak Creek, all combine to provide the backdrop for a very special adventure travel experience…

Five must-have ingredients for your next adventure

  1. yoga-in-sedona-0582-smallBackdrop…  It’s not about the destination, really it isn’t.  All the pundits, sages & masters would point you to presence in the moment, and as such, wherever one is on their journey, it’s fairly easy to see that this is something that one should cultivate in their own practice and daily life.  However… if daily life has gotten a bit stagnant and/or stuck, often it takes a jump start to get back on track.  Here’s where adventure travel enters the equation and an energized and stunning backdrop for a personal journey becomes a bit more important to cultivating that ever-so important ingredient to successful mindfulness, Presence.  Trust me when I say, “just sit for twenty minutes… on the red rocks, overlooking stunningly colorful and vibrant vistas with blue sky panoramas… and not have an experience.  It’s just not possible!  You can be forever changed by the backdrop to your personal journey.  Undeniably, Sedona is a powerful one indeed, unlike anything else in the world; you’ll need to see for yourself.
  2. Perfect Weather, of course I am biased, but hey… When most of the rest of North America is in a deep freeze, Sedona, AZ is enjoying outright warmth, with blue bird days better than 278 days a year, the odds are you will experience some gorgeous weather to go with your Personal Transformation!  Yeah… sure, we are supposed to not want anything and all that, but really, I have spent equal time in the rain, snow, sleet, hail and worse; I can tell you, the sun is quite conducive to personal growth… and relaxation, yes it is linked to that, too.  Whether, you want to sit by the pool and drink coladas or hike and meditate on the rocks, again, trust me… its lovely in the sun.  (Summer temps do get warmer than most are used to…. carry and drink plenty of water on & off the trails.)
  3. Adventure Travel with AumbaseWater — Oak Creek Canyon & West Fork of Oak Creek…  With sun and the summer 100 degree days, water is always nice and there is an ample supply here!  Oak Creek runs right through Sedona and provides wonderful opportunities to experience cool waters, red rock waterslides, sycamore shade and much, much more.  Sitting in or by this nourishing waterway is a soul-cleansing experience, certainly on par with the rest Sedona has to offer.
  4. Friends or Family, Colleagues & Associates…  Yes, bring em all!  Adventure travel is just the stuff for family reunions or corporate retreats, creating deeper, shared bonds with those experiencing transformation and growth together.  I did say that radical change and instant transformation is possible, didn’t I…?  Sedona has a penchant for up-leveling everyone’s experience, so why not plan to bring your team here for a corporate retreat facilitated by Aumbase Adventures?  Family or friend reunions, parties and gatherings of a high vibe nature can be hosted at Aumbase Sedona, a center for consciousness evolution. It will truly be unforgettable!  and transformative.
  5. Proven, tried & true... That’s right.  Since time immemorial, humans have been drawn to what we now know as Sedona for its mystical and metaphysical experiences and potential.  The discerning adventure traveler will quickly realize that Sedona is indeed a mecca for personal growth, rapid transformation and lasting effects… tried & true.  I literally guarantee that everyone has their own unique & powerful experience, here… no matter how aware of it they are… or aren’t.  This is a powerful place and has been used as such for spiritual, metaphysical and personal growth for good reason.  Something happens here, undeniably so…

Come and see for yourself… better yet, let your mind go and sink into the present moment, now… and feel yourself here.  See if she calls to you, Sedona… and if she does, we’ll be here…  Click here if you are ready…

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5 Reasons Sedona Yoga Festival Will Rock Your Asana

5 Reasons Sedona Yoga Festival Will Rock Your Asana

UPDATED: 8/26/16 – wow!  we have gotten HUGE response from this post!  Thank you SO MUCH!!!  Over the last few days, this article has received 1000’s of views from all over the world… We are so grateful to be seen as one of the top yoga festivals in the world.  Please, leave a comment… like, tweet, share.  SYF is here for you… are you ready to continue your evolution?


one of the top yoga festivals in the worldSedona, Arizona… The undisputed spiritual mecca of the American Southwest, red rock canyons, spires to inspire, the water element of Oak Creek Canyon, and of course, the ENERGY.  No matter your beliefs or background, Sedona is sure to make you feel something.  And it has been known since time immemorial to support human transformation.  Indigenous tribes frequented the area for ceremony and gathering, yet lived in the distant canyons.  It is palpable.

People have been coming here, to this small enclave in Northern Arizona for decades now to enjoy its intrinsic stillness and beauty.  Some are called, others hear about the healing and transformational energies, regardless those who find themselves here have an experience.  Transformational. Growth. Expansion. Letting Go. Manifesting Dreams. Creating New Habits & Experiences… And more are possible!  These are just some reasons SFY is ranked as one of the top yoga festivals in the world!

We have seen now 1000’s in attendance at the SYF, a consciousness  evolution conference, bearing witness to the extraordinary experiences attendees are having.  It never ceases to amaze me the ear to ear grins on everyone’s faces, as they move gracefully between classes, or the light in someone’s eyes as they tell me about talking to their favorite teacher for the first time, and best of all, when someone shares that they mark their current evolution as beginning at SYF.  I have heard product designers stories of getting their big break while networking in our heart center vendor villages and teachers who connected with a new tribe… Really, anything is possible here.  All that’s needed is you.  

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  1. SYF was created to support you in your transformation!
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    You see, I had been practicing for over a decade when I moved to Sedona, AZ to deepen my practice and become a yoga teacher.  To make a long story short, I Love YOGA (it has saved me from myself over and over) and I Love Sedona.  Yoga in Sedona is an absolutely mind-blowing combination.  Since we both know just how important it is to be held and nurtured during these breakthroughs, Heather and I decided to hold a vision for SYF to be a safe place for sharing, where someone like me could come and be exposed to something very powerful AND be sheltered in a womb of safety, security, compassion and serenity.  Our fifth annual Sedona Yoga Festival a consciousness evolution conference is next March and all feedback has shown this event is a place where anyone can come and have an experience of Yoga… Young, Old, Weak, Strong, Firm, Infirm, Stable, Unstable, Happy, Sad…  There is something for everyone regardless of being a beginner or advanced student and Heather always says, “you can go all weekend without doing a lick of asana…” There is nothing to fear here.  It’s safe.
  2. It’s what we share… Authentic Yoga from Authentic Yogis.
    Every year, we are asked numerous times by the 100’s of applicants who apply to share an offering with you at SYF, “what do you need me to teach…?”  Our reply has always been… “Whatever LIGHTS you up… whatever has inspired you the most… whatever your PASSION is.”  And that is what you will receive at SYF, a teacher’s deepest experience, something that has transformed their lives for the better. Something, whose profound effect on themselves has been distilled into a workshop or class.  This is authenticity at it’s finest (imho), and that’s what you are getting at SYF.

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    Past SYF Presenters

  3. Master Teachers, too!
    Every year, SYF’s Vanguard Master Teachers are chosen with you in mind.  These teachers all have decades of practice, experience and teaching under their belts and they are here just for YOU!  (some don’t do many yoga festivals and you may only be able to see them here…) Imagine that.  When I began my practice, Yoga Festivals weren’t happening yet, save for the Yoga Journal Conferences, and all these master teachers I was reading about seemed so FAR AWAY… Out of reach, for me, the mere mortal practicing to Inhale with Steve Ross on TV.  It wasn’t until many years later that I began to interact with these living links to the ancient masters and I realized just how special it was to share a live class, or even better a conversation with a Master Teacher!

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    Past SYF Presenters

  4. Intimate setting…
    You will be able to bump into Master Teacher Mark Whitwell in the halls of our Event Venue (he’s really tall!…)  Or share an intimate meditation with Steve Ross, of Maha Yoga in a classroom that holds 30.  Ask Rama Vernon what it was like showing Mr. Iyengar around shortly after his arrival to the United States.  You see, SYF is held in a single event venue and we will all be together on this AUMazing journey… Whether you get to hang out after class or sit with someone for tea or go for a hike on the Red Rocks, it will all be rooted at the Collective Sedona & Hilton Resort Sedona Bell Rock in the southern outskirts of Sedona.  Indoors or out, you will find somewhere special to just be!
  5. Sedona: Destination Transformation

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    Sedona has been nurturing transformation since time immemorial; Native American tribes came to this valley for ceremony long before anyone else showed up! The energy of the land here is very conducive to support you through whatever transformation is on your horizon.  Our team and Angel Support staff are also dedicated to fostering an environment that supports you in your experience of transformation; along with myself and Heather, we have created an experience for you… check out our new yoga retreat center, Aumbase Sedona.

  6. Bonus – Optional integrated 20-hour training for Yoga teachers “Traumatic Stress: Resiliency and Healing with Yoga” is designed to provide teachers with the skills to share yoga with First Responders, Veterans, trauma survivors, PTSD and TBI sufferers and many more. This 20 hour track is integrated into the SYF experience with full access to the conference outside of the intensive held on Thursday all day, and on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday mornings, allowing plenty of time for integration and reflection be it on the land or in other classes and workshops, among all festival attendees. (a first amongst yoga festivals, we aim to assist in transformations and providing these trainings insure we are creating a positive impact in peoples lives who suffer from oft-debilitating effects of PTSD and other stress-related mental illness or those who choose to serve this population.  It is our way of creating a positive impact in the world with the SYF platform. Click here to see last years training.

You are going to have the most amazing, auspicious, synchronistic, wholistic, healing, fun AND transformative experience at SYF.  One that, like many before you, will likely not be your last, nor something you ever forget.  Past SYF Attendees all made the choice to come the first time and now we see them every year!  The experience was just too powerful not to return and now better than 80% come back year after year.  Whether yoga festivals are your thing or not, consider Sedona as your next Yoga Destination by attending the Sedona Yoga Festival or check out the other cool things the team behind this consciousness evolution conference is up to.  All things Yoga in Sedona.

They now know just how powerful the experience is, how supported they are and how much better their lives become after … and you will too!

Come and get your asana rocked!  Sedona style…

See you at SYF,

Marc
SYF Founder & Executive Producer.

PS.  Consider joining us next year… Click here.

Love Your Brain Foundation

Love Your Brain Foundation

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LoveYourBrain yoga has been the single most positive experience that I’ve had during my recovery. I’ve been through over nine concussions and never found something that I could do to make myself feel better besides waiting it out and weathering the concussion storm.

Each year over 2.5 million people sustain a traumatic brain injury—from concussions to severe trauma—in the United States. Traumatic brain injury (TBI) often leads to physical weakness, balance problems, isolation, and depression that compromise quality of life. This is why we at the LoveYourBrain Foundation have launched a program to support TBI survivors and their caregivers to participate in gentle yoga and meditation classes tailored to their needs. Check out our website and resources.

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Kevin Pearce Anjali Mudra

We are working to partner with yoga studios across the US to offer our program. Sabra, one of the amazing TBI survivors that we have met through our program in Burlington, Vermont, shared how she came to LYB Yoga and why it has resonated with her so deeply.

I signed up for LYB yoga by accident. This happy accident was the beginning of a part of my life that I truly cherish. I was so overjoyed to hear that I could attend six weeks of yoga classes with people that understood my injury. I desperately wanted to feel better and was excited to try this new option. Over my 12-year struggle with concussion, I had yet to be presented with an active recovery option. Most people tell you what you can’t do and LYB told me that I could do something and it was tailor made for me and my recovery!   

While nursing myself back from concussions, trying new things or even revisiting activities has seemed impossible or painful. The normal arch of a day can cause immense amount of pain in the form of headaches, nausea, dizziness, whatever symptom of the day my brain decided to trigger. That pain instills a fear of trying new things. So, I was nervous and wondered how would yoga make me feel better? I reassured myself that a yoga studio was one of the only places in public that was guaranteed to be quiet, serene, non-judgment—simply put, a really safe space. I thought if the class wasn’t going well, I could just lay on my yoga mat in the middle of the studio and at least be around people for an hour. Knowing of how accepting yoga is, I felt better and unrolled my yoga mat; ready to try.

After the first class, I physically felt the same. For me, moving for an hour and feeling the same is absolutely huge! I could do this and not feel worse or slide backwards in any way! My spirits were lifted!  After two classes, feeling the same stretched into a breakthrough. I forgot for an hour that I had a concussion and all the pain and anxiety melted away. Forgetting the injury and the pain is like peaking around the corner at feeling normal, and LYB yoga was the sole reason I turned that corner of my last concussion. I also felt—for the first time in two and a half months—no headaches and completely pain-free.  These classes have become the reset button for my body and my pain levels.  It’s absolutely incredible! 

Our program meets TBI survivors where they are so that they can draw upon yoga’s myriad physical, emotional, and social benefits to support their healing. To make this a reality, we are conducting teacher training workshops to train yoga teachers how to effectively adapt yoga and meditation for the TBI community. We provide a curriculum that incorporates TBI­focused yoga and meditation best practices, class themes to foster resilience and compassion, and group discussion to build community. We are so grateful to be able to share our training as part of the Sedona Yoga Festival.

The LoveYourBrain Foundation is a social profit organization that aims to improve the quality of life for people affected by TBI. Our message—LoveYourBrain—embodies our positive approach to brain injury prevention, recovery, and health. Learn more about us and our yoga program here.

Sabra photoLoveYourBrain makes me smile. Just the thought of those three little words. It’s involuntary. I have to smile. I finally get to love my brain during a concussion. It’s possibility, positivity, caring, and feeling more normal.

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LoveYourBrain Foundation will be part of the faculty for the Pre-Conference Training at SYF2016!

Traumatic Stress: Resiliency and Healing with Yoga

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Yoga is the healing balm…

Yoga is the healing balm…

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recognition-trauma-ptsdIt was one year ago today… give or take a day or two, but distinctly an anniversary of sorts.  The days, weeks and months leading up to this day, one year ago today were characterized by anxiety, tension, depression, insomnia, severe physical pain, and a host of other distinctly stress-related symptomology.  To be around me, as others were… family members, business partners & relationships, as well as members of my small-town community (when I had the energy to leave my “safe” home)… even complete strangers, must have been terrifying and surreal.  To them, Marc was no longer in the building… To them, something dark, scary and powerful had taken him over… To them, wondering when he was going to completely lose it.

 

Shortly before I decided that there was a problem and my solutions weren’t working, I encountered a person outside my parents condo who questioned why I was smoking outside his building.  I was wearing a hoodie… it was dark… my wife was standing 10 feet away and saw the whole thing… Something deep inside me took over and I shot forth a stream of defensive/offensive words, my body trembled as I “puffed up” and took several purposeful steps towards him… I saw the look of fear in his eyes… I heard Heather’s voice…  Something brought me back and I walked away…

3320908Two days later on Dec 26, 2014, I admitted myself into an in-patient treatment center specializing in PTSD and Trauma.  I had already been misdiagnosed as bi-polar II, several months earlier by a Psychiatrist who admitted knowing nothing about trauma-related mental health, nor PTSD… even when I broke down in her office in the midst of a flashback!  She meant well, though, and sent me on my way with two types of Xanax and an anti-seizure drug with such severe potential side-effects as to be life-threatening if mis-taken.  I was a wreck… Here is a post I wrote before things got really bad… Click here.

Making the decision to get professional help undoubtedly saved my life…  My entire being didn’t know what was real anymore; everything was a threat and I was constantly fighting; life itself became meaningless.  Towards the end, for weeks, at some point, I would curl myself up into a ball and want to die…  Let me be clear, this was not some wanton or casually flippant statement to garner sympathy, rather this was a visceral, dark, insidious desire to not be alive anymore… with imagery, how-to’s, suggestions and probabilities.  I was terrified and didn’t know what to do anymore.  My yoga practice that had once sustained me had fallen away, gone for over a year and a half at this point, did not make me feel any better the times I tried to go to the mat… in fact it made things worse. (quick side note:  My daily asana and meditation practice sustained me for many, many months… I had peace, joy and clarity… There was balance and ease. I founded the Sedona Yoga Festival during that time… met my wife Heather, got married and together we started several businesses and built a world-class destination Yoga Festival.  Somewhere in all that, I began to have less and less time available to practice, or so I thought! It didn’t take long before I was making excuses for not getting on the mat and finally those stopped.  I lost touch and it didn’t take long for the world to close in…)

images-5I came to find out that my body and mind were in an endless loop of the fight/flight/freeze response, I was living in/from the Limbic System and everything about my systems were overloaded.  I no longer could look at “the moment”, let alone be in it and as I said, EVERYTHING was a threat, automatically categorized by my limbic brain as such… and from my limbic brain came my responses.  Let me tell you, the Limbic System is no place to live for a long period of time… it is cold, dark, calculating and cruel… bluntly it sucks for you AND those around you!)  Ironically, as I am a Yogi, I had no idea that this was actually happening… and I couldn’t hear, nor did I believe those around me.

So, you’re wondering… if he went in on December 26, then why is today an anniversary?  Well, this is where it gets realzies folks…  I was on the watch list for near 3 weeks at the Level 1 Physchiatric Facility I went to (that’s right! I spent 40 days in a mental hospital!!!) And for that time, even though the environment was super-cool, relaxed and ultra chill, I was still combative, anxious and depressed… my first day I had flashbacks so real I nearly passed out!  Day after day, I went through the motions… going to groups, therapies, classes, meals and meetings… looking inward, digging deep.  I wasn’t getting better, nor was I making any friends of my counselors, trained to “call my bullshit” at every opportunity. Near 3 weeks this continued… they must have seen it first… before me, as they pulled me off the watch list first… a day or two went by and then it happened.

BlissI will NEVER, EVER forget the sensation as the tension left my body, the world took on a new look, the colors became more vibrant and the smiles around me were noticed.  Looking around me, I wondered where I was… It was safe, secure, there were beautiful souls around me… and I was HAPPY.  Deeply happy… Bliss would describe it perfectly! It turns out, that I was so severely out of balance that my entire experience was being governed by the Limbic System… 24-7 for easily a year and a half or more. (since I stopped practicing to be sure!!! note to self)  It also turns out, this is not uncommon for many, many who suffer the effects of Post-Traumatic Stress.

Can you imagine?

ptsd-symptomsNow, clearly I am an extreme case… and there are other extreme cases that you may run into in your endeavors to share Yoga, Meditation and Mindfulness with Trauma Survivors and those who suffer from PTSD… These people may, as I did, need professional help and a complete reset… or they just may need a guide.  You will need to determine this as you go, but worry not, because you will learn from experts in the field all about Traumatic Stress, TBI(traumatic brain injury) and Healing with Yoga at the 3rd Annual SYF Gives Back Pre-Festival Intensive Training.

Here’s the good news!  The ancient science of yoga IS the healing balm to manage traumatic stress, PTSD, TBI and other trauma or stress related illnesses and diseases.  It IS proven effective and it DOES work… I just have to do it, consistently, steadily and with passion.

Those affected by PTSD need our help… Your help.  You can be the guide… you can be a beacon of hope.

SYF-postcard-festival-2016_social2On March 8th-10th, 2016 at the Hilton Sedona Bell Rock Resort you will learn how mindfulness can help someone to regain control of their physiology, how yoga cleanses, conditions, energizes and aligns the energy body’s, how and what meditation’s are helpful for Trauma Survivors, and how pranayama is effective in stimulating coherence in the brain.  Just a hint, as you join the world class faculty, all experts in their respective fields come together to share with you: Traumatic Stress: Resiliency and Healing with Yoga.

I am good.  I consistently return to the practice… steadily apply my efforts and I do so with a passion.  Yoga is the Journey out of the Darkness, and a teacher is the guide.  I am blessed to have been shown the way by my teachers and I am blessed to be a part of bringing these teachers to you…

“NO ONE SHOULD HAVE TO LIVE LIKE THIS”, I screamed inside my head over and over and over again… and they don’t.

Namaste.

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