Yoga for PTSD

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Yoga for PTSD: Optional Integrated 20 hour training for Yoga Teachers and Service Providers

Yoga for PTSD

For the 4th year in a row SYF aims to assist yoga teachers in bringing the tools and benefits of yoga to populations affected by PTSD, TBI, and life stresses of all kinds. Three years ago we focused on the benefits of Yoga For Veterans, two years ago on Yoga For First Responders. Last year we refined and expanded by offering training in all the ways yoga benefits trauma survivors and develops resiliency in a high stress environment. This year the huge leap is this: instead of a pre-conference offering we are electing to integrate the training right into the conference. It is our hope and belief that we will double the number of participants in this training and therefore continue to widely expand the reach of the tools of yoga. Yoga for PTSD. It works… Period.

The Trauma Resiliency was fantastic. All the presenters were inspiring and amazing. It was wonderful to see the good work being done by so many! Ginny

This training was absolutely phenomenal and I’m so incredibly grateful that I decided to attend!! I’m getting ready to start a course for Vets with PTSD and this has been so incredibly valuable!! Irina

yoga for ptsd
*This training is open to others serving populations dealing with PTSD, TBI, and trauma. Just know it is geared toward yoga teachers and you will get the most out of it if you have a regular yoga practice in your life.

Consider Making a Donation to the Trauma Training Scholarship Fund

Thank you to the supporters of SYF Gives Back: 

YOGA INTERNATIONAL, HOLY YOGA, STERLING FINANCIAL, Andrew Barkworth, Randall Cauley, Tiffany Denny, Michelle Grimm, Isabella Greene, Douchka Lecot, Laura McKinzie, Leah Misty, Lori Rubenstein, John Salisbury, Dana Shamas, Pamela Stokes-Eggleston, Denise Thompson, David Dhanvantari Tietje, Barb Totzke, Kate Towell, Jen Warr, & Roxanne Wessel.

Yoga for PTSD. Works… Period.

About the Training

Yoga for PTSD

The carefully selected faculty and comprehensive courses in the SYF Gives Back training aim to provide: the latest in scientific research and support for alternative modalities in healing; specific practical techniques of yoga, pranayama and meditation and an understanding of why and how they work in relation to trauma and the nervous system; a comprehensive overview of complex trauma, PTSD, and TBI; break out sessions with practitioners working in specific populations (veterans, first responders, survivors of abuse/war/crisis, caregivers, injured athletes, etc) to help guide you to a deeper understanding of how to apply these universal healing modalities to the specific community you intend to serve. In providing these trainings over the years we have realized that it is the same YOGA that benefits everyone, and that trauma works in the body in a consistent way. These universal principles may be applied to each unique individual through the care of the teacher. We want to give teachers the tools to take these skillful means to heal their communities throughout the world.

8am-4pm Thursday, March 9th. 8am-12pm Friday, Saturday, and Sunday March 10-12 with up to 20 CEUs

Consider Making a Donation to the Trauma Training Scholarship Fund

Thank you to the supporters of SYF Gives Back: 

YOGA INTERNATIONAL, HOLY YOGA, STERLING FINANCIAL, Andrew Barkworth, Randall Cauley, Tiffany Denny, Michelle Grimm, Isabella Greene, Douchka Lecot, Laura McKinzie, Leah Misty, Lori Rubenstein, John Salisbury, Dana Shamas, Pamela Stokes-Eggleston, Denise Thompson, David Dhanvantari Tietje, Barb Totzke, Kate Towell, Jen Warr, & Roxanne Wessel.

Yoga for PTSD. Works… Period.

Faculty

Yoga for PTSD
Mark Whitwell

Mark Whitwell

Heart of Yoga: The Promise of Healing

Mark is interested in developing an authentic yoga practice for the individual, based on the teachings of T. Krishnamacharya and his son TKV Desikachar, with whom he enjoyed a relationship for more than twenty years. Mark’s teachings clarify the profound passion and relevance of ancient wisdom to contemporary life. Mark has taught yoga for over twenty years throughout the US, Asia, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand, and was the editor and contributor to TKV Desikachar’s book The Heart of Yoga.

Mark teaches Ha-Tha Yoga, which against common understanding means all physical forms of Yoga practice, not a specific “style”.  Ha-tha means the merging of the sun and moon, the male and female, prana and apana (two energies), and is a purificating and re-balancing practice where breath and body movement are one. The practice includes Asana (postures), Pranayama (breathing exercises which move, activate and increase Prana, vital energy), Bandha (energy locks),  Meditation, Relaxation and Chanting.

Molly Birkholm

Molly Birkholm

iRest Yoga Nidra for Trauma

Molly Birkholm is the Executive Director and co-founder of World at Ease. She is a leader in iRest™ Yoga Nidra, Sivananda Yoga, and treating trauma with yoga and meditation. Molly leads retreats and teacher training worldwide, has several Yoga Nidra CDs, a yoga DVD, and is the author of an upcoming book. Molly led cutting-edge Department of Defense and NIH funded research measuring the effects of meditation on Trauma while working at the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Suzanne Connolly, LCSW

Suzanne Connolly, LCSW

Thought Field Therapy; How Trauma is Stored and Remapping

Suzanne specializes in treating trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and is passionate about sharing her effective  methods with professionals and leaders around the world. Author, speaker, trainer, therapist and licensed clinical social worker, Suzanne Connolly has been in private practice working with adults, adolescents, couples and families in Northern Arizona since 1987.

Suzanne is the author of Thought Field Therapy: Clinical Applications, Integrating TFT in Psychotherapy, which has received notable praise by Dr. David Hawkins, MD, PhD. and Roger J. Callahan, PhD., the founder of Thought Field Therapy.

Suzanne’s considerable experience training other professionals includes instructing therapists at the Herzog Hospital Israel Center for the Treatment of Psychotrauma, medical professionals at Charity Hospital in New Orleans and clinicians at Oshner Hospital in Baton Rouge. She held numerous trauma relief trainings for community workers in Rwanda, Africa, to help people of all ages heal from the devastating events there.

She has presented over 250 Thought Field Therapy workshops to psychologists, MDs, RNs, social workers, marriage and family therapists, and counselors. She has taught all over the world, including Israel, Mexico, France, Canada, Kuwait, Rwanda and the U.S.

Suzanne graduated magna cum laude from Northern Arizona with a B.A. in Psychology and earned a masters in Social Work at Arizona State University. She served as Adjunct Professor of Holistic Social Work graduate studies at ASU and taught Trauma Treatment Tools at Scottsdale Health Center. She continues to serve on the Board of Directors of the Association for Energy Psychology and the Thought Field Therapy Foundation. Suzanne is a charter member of the Holocaust Memorial Museum and was active in the Southern Poverty Law Center for many years.

A licensed Clinical Social Worker, a Marriage and Family Therapist and an Independent Substance Abuse Counselor. Suzanne lives with her husband of over 50 years in Sedona, Arizona.

Gina Garcia

Gina Garcia

Intention and self-empowerment AND Yoga Tools and Practices: Unstoppable

Gina Garcia stumbled upon yoga 20 years ago, when a scheduled step aerobics class was switched to a beginning yoga class. She spent a large part of her life sharing the news of the day as a journalist, for KCRA-TV in Sacramento, and as the Capitol Correspondent for KTTV-TV in Los Angeles. Not long after giving birth to her third son, she decided to choose a path that would allow her to bring more grace to her family life, and to those she crosses paths with every day. She knew that yoga made her happy, and that practicing yoga opened her heart to a world of joy, love, and compassion. Gina’s focus shifted from sharing the news to sharing the gifts of yoga with as many people as possible. All of the walls she had created in her life disappeared, and she was left with a heart filled with love. In 2011, Gina launched “Yoga Across America (YAA),” a non-profit corporation that taught yoga and wellness educational programs across the country, to diverse communities who did not have access to yoga. YAA had a national strategic partnership with Dr. Oz’s “HealthCorps” program, teaching weekly classes to students in high schools throughout the U.S. YAA also offered yoga to military members and their families. In 2015, the Baptiste Foundation took over Yoga Across America, continuing the work started by Gina. The Foundation inspires communities across the country including programs in schools, for veterans, people in addiction recovery, and many other locations where people don’t have access to the practice or can’t afford it. Gina remains active with the Baptiste Foundation and serves as a board member. Gina is also the founder of “Yoga in the Park,” Sacramento’s largest weekly yoga class, which she began in the spring of 2009. The class at McKinley Park continues to draw hundreds of students every Saturday morning. Gina is a 500-hour certified yoga teacher. She teaches workshops, teacher trainings, and retreats around the world. She also teaches weekly classes in Sacramento, where she lives with her three sons. Gina is an inspiring force with a vision of yoga being available to everyone – everywhere, and she is well on her way.
Pamela Stokes Eggleston

Pamela Stokes Eggleston

Trauma in the Second Degree Intergenerational PTSD in Military Families and Veterans

A certified yoga instructor and yoga therapist, Pamela has practiced yoga for 15 years and completed specialized training to include certifications in plant-based nutrition, stress management, prenatal yoga and yoga for trauma in veterans and the military: empirically- and evidenced-based yoga therapy programs, to work with service members, veterans with combat trauma and PTSD, and their families. She is the founder of Yoga2Sleep, an organization that uses yoga and wellness services to promote “better sleep for the best life.”  Pamela is a board member of the Omega Institute’s Yoga Service Council, as well as a sleep coach and a HeartMath coach, focusing on mental, spiritual and emotional stress through a heart-centered approach. She is a contributing editor of Best Practices for Yoga with Veterans. A meditation teacher, her military families and sleep meditations are spotlighted on the app Meditation Studio by Gaiam. Pamela has been featured in Mantra Yoga and Health, Essence, the Huffington Post and on MSNBC.

Essie Titus

Breathing Through Emotions

Stationed in the heart of Kansas City, MO on the Fire Department since 2005 makes Essie no stranger to stress. That’s where yoga comes in…Essie as a trauma informed yoga instructor trained at the Himalayan Institute. She is an advocate for self-care and self-regulation in the first responder/military community. The true power of yoga and meditation to heal individuals and communities is clear in her journey through PTSD. She currently teaches cadets at both the fire and police academy, yoga for first responders at the police department, as well as donation classes in the KC area with all proceeds going to organizations benefiting local first responders and communities.

Lori Zeltwanger, PT

Myofascial Release, Taking Yoga Healing to the Next Dimension

Lori Zeltwanger PT, licensed physical therapist, best selling author, featured TV media expert & owner of Advanced Release Therapy in Sedona, AZ. She specializes in pain & trauma release & Pelvis Wellness treating thousands of patients in chronic pain for over 25 years. As a leader in Myofascial Release, she founded the Myofascial Mastery Academy, teaching the Feminine Approach to MFR from a body, mind & spirit total perspective to therapists internationally.
Marc Titus

Marc Titus

Session Facilitator, SYF Founder & Aumbase Co-Founder

Marc, along with his wife Heather, have been promoting their beloved Sedona, AZ as a yoga destination for nearly 5 years, running the Sedona Yoga festival and recently opening Aumbase Sedona, a center for consciousness evolution where all things yoga in Sedona can be found.  They both know that one of the best things to do in Sedona is Yoga and sharing that with the world is, to them; Dharma… Service in Action.

Sessions

Yoga for PTSD

iRest Yoga Nidra for Trauma

Molly Birkholm

There are many reasons iRest Yoga Nidra is being broadly used in communities with high rates of trauma, including the military, homeless, human trafficking survivors, refugees, hospitals, and first responder populations. Clinical research is providing valuable insights into how these practices can be highly effective with insomnia, chronic pain, depression, and anxiety.

iRest is a secular, trauma-sensitive form of Yoga Nidra guided meditation. Many elements of it can be used not just in the practice, but also in 1-on-1 private sessions and in daily life. The session will include a short opening iRest, a lecture and discussion on the essential elements of iRest Yoga Nidra, a 1-on-1 co-meditation experience, as well as a deep 1 hour iRest Yoga Nidra experience. (2 hours)

Taming the Komoto Dragon Within:  When talking about a problem won’t work.

Find out more about the inner workings of the most primitive parts of our brains and how to remap this difficult to reach neural connections.

Suzanne Connolly LCSW

You actually have many brains in one and they all perform different duties. While they all have important functions, there are primitive parts of the brain that sometimes outlive their usefulness. We usually think, for instance of Post Traumatic Stress as something that is deep-seated and resistant to change. Yet, when you understand how trauma is stored and how to connect with that part of the brain with mind-body approaches, the road to recovery is often surprisingly easy. (60 minutes)

Tapping: An Introduction to Thought Field Therapy

Suzanne Connolly, LSCW

Enhance your Yoga Sessions using Tapping: An Introduction to Thought Field Therapy, the evidence based original tapping technique that is changing the world one heart at a time. Learn the basics of Thought Field Therapy, a proven, highly-­effective, non-­invasive brief therapy technique that was developed and refined over the last 35 years by the late psychologist, Dr. Roger Callahan and his wife Joanne Callahan. TFT utilizes a sequence of self?tapping to stimulate specific acupuncture points while recalling a traumatic event or cue. It facilitates the relaxation response while the person experiencing exposure to the problem by simply thinking about the problem. The improvement is almost always relatively quick and, in most cases, long-­lasting. The National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) a searchable online database of mental health and substance abuse interventions (a service of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Agency (SAMHSA) within the federal Department of Health and Human Service) has listed Thought Field Therapy as an effective evidence-based practice for improving personal resilience/self-concept, for improving self-regulation, and for reducing trauma-and stressor-related disorders and symptoms. They have also listed Thought Field Therapy as promising, for reducing depression and depressive symptoms; for improving general functioning and wellbeing; for reducing phobia, panic, and generalized anxiety disorders and symptoms; and for reducing unspecified and other mental health disorders and symptoms. http://nrepp.samhsa.gov/ProgramProfile.aspx?id=60#hide1

FOR PROFESSIONALS: As a therapist or health practitioner, you’ll invite your client to identify a problematic thought or memory that they wish to heal. This could be an anxiety, a past trauma, anger, feelings of guilt, shame or embarrassment, addictive urges, or even physical pain. Then, typically, they’ll watch that disturbance, addictive urges or pain diminish as you instruct them to tap on certain areas of the face and hands in a specific order. Even the most skeptical clients usually report that TFT reduces the intensity of their unwanted feelings. While no therapist can offer a guarantee; clients typically cannot get back the original feeling of upset, even if they try. Addictive urges and physical pain require the person to self?treat between appointments. Thousands of psychotherapists, medical doctors, nurses and others in the caring professions around the world use Thought Field Therapy as a complimentary alternative technique to help others in need.

FOR YOGA Professionals: TFT can help your clients release the unwanted feelings, negative patterns and emotional burdens that they carry with themselves day to day. It’s a simple tapping technique that they can use anywhere, anytime, whenever they need to. While the process is simple, their body and their mind will work together in a highly sophisticated way to eradicate the core of the feelings that get in the way of living a full, rich and satisfying life. Traumas, guilt, fears, shame, anxiety and depression are a few of the most common reasons people use TFT. Numerous scientific studies have proven its effectiveness around the globe. Whether you want to use TFT for yourself or you want to integrate it into your yoga practice you will take away a tool that will likely have life to change effects.

(2 hours)

Myofascial Release, Taking Yoga Healing to the Next Dimension

Lori Zeltwanger

Myofascial Release & yoga are both powerful avenues for realignment and activation of your fascial system. Myofascial Release utilizes a gentle hands on pressure into tissue restrictions and facilitates unwinding of those restrictions in a way that enhances the premise of adjustments and takes people deeper into the healing aspects of their yoga practice. Myofascial unwinding is a dynamic movement which enhances your mind body connection and facilitates listening from the inside out. This activates your body’s inner wisdom to emerge. (2 hours)

Heart of Yoga: The Promise of Healing

Mark Whitwell

THE HEART OF YOGA PEACE PROJECT IS DEDICATED TO DEVELOPING YOGA COMMUNITIES IN TROUBLED AREAS THROUGHOUT THE WORLD. WE USE YOGA AS A COMMON, NON-RELIGIOUS PRACTICE TO CULTIVATE AWARENESS AROUND THE UNIFYING PRINCIPLE OF PEACE.

Our aim is to support communities in active conflict zones by teaching aspiring yoga teachers the heart of yoga. We believe that even in stressful environments, daily yoga practice enhances overall well-being. Whether practiced in the first or third world, the principles of yoga enhance the quality of life in Everyone. It is our mission to bring yoga to those who need it the most.

The Heart of Yoga Peace Project is dedicated to:

  • Helping communities suffering from political and social unrest
  • Providing yoga education to members of these communities
  • Supporting the development of daily, personal practice
  • Training teachers in afflicted areas how to teach yoga in their community
  • Supporting peace in the world

STUDENTS WHO TAKE THE TRAINING LEARN:

  • How to integrate body, breath and movement into a seamless process
  • How to practice and teach the principles of the Heart of Yoga
  • How to develop their own daily, personal yoga practice
  • How to adapt yoga to individual needs, health, age and cultural backgrounds
  • How to bring the principles of yoga into everyday life

(3 hours)

#unstoppable Trauma Sensitive Training – Yoga Tools & Practices

Gina Garcia & Melissa Leach

We all come from different walks of life and along the way we all experience trauma and challenges.  With the #unstoppable tool kit and training you will learn how to be resilient and unstoppable when you encounter challenges or perceived setbacks.
This training showcases how to use the #unstoppable toolkit which is rooted in the Baptiste Methodology.  The tools include asana, meditation, breathing techniques, relaxation techniques and self inquiry and how you use them to be more resilient and unstoppable.  Through an embodied experience of these tools in your own practice and in your life, you will learn how to share these tools with others. (2 hours)

Trauma in the Second Degree Intergenerational PTSD in Military Families and Veterans

Pamela Stokes Eggleston

Yoga and meditation offers several practices for healing and transformation. With military and veteran families, these tools can uniquely aid in easing stress, burnout and fatigue. Additionally, understanding the nuances of secondary PTSD and intergenerational trauma is important to working with veteran and military families. Many military and veteran families are depleted due to multiple deployments and PCS moves. In this workshop, Pam will speak to her experience as a military family member and wounded warrior caregiver and weave it in with the science backing secondary and intergenerational PTSD. (90 minutes)

Breathing Through Emotions

Essie Titus

Breathing Through Emotions Session: This session will include multiple breathing techniques coincided with mindful movement. Encouraging participant to establish a daily routine of breath awareness and turning toward balance. We will identify specific coping mechanisms and the potential to disassociate that create obstacles on our path. Often times we lack the dialogue and tools to fully express ourselves. Specific practice for specific feelings such as anger, grief, sadness, fear, anxiety, and depression. This session has been designed to support a routine of asana, pranayama, systematic relaxation, mantra, and meditation for an internal feeling of comfort and safety regardless of external circumstances. (90 minutes)

Serving Yourself & Serving Others

Gina Garcia & Melissa Leach

When we talk about serving others, we rarely talk about serving ourselves.  We teach, we reach out, we share, we give, we serve and yet we don’t make it a priority to take care of ourselves.
This workshop is one of the most important elements to doing this service work. Because when we serve ourselves, we serve others. You’ll learn tools and practices to keep you inspired and energized in your journey of teaching. No more burn out and fatigue.  It’s time to take a new approach and prepare yourself for doing this work for a life time. (2 hours)
Last years training available as a digital conference at Yoga International

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