Yoga for PTSD Training

March 14 – 17th, 2019
Sedona, Arizona

 

Yoga for PTSD Training,
a trauma informed yoga training
March 14 – 17th, 2019
Sedona, Arizona  USA

SYF Gives Back is something we’ve been doing from the start.  Utilizing this event as platform to serve and in our case, we’ve been offering some form of trauma informed yoga training at SYF since the beginning. We have trained hundreds of yoga teachers and brought awareness to the devastating effects of Post Traumatic Stress in our communities across the country. We’ve called this program all sorts of things from Yoga for Veterans and Yoga for First Responders to Yoga for PTSD, with one simple aim: Provide the tools to alleviate the effects of trauma, of suffering.  A trauma sensitive yoga training takes into account the specific aspects of traditional yoga practices that ameliorate the effects of trauma and stress on the human nervous system. Yoga is and has always been the healing balm to soothe the injured human nervous system, ergo a Yoga for PTSD training, a trauma sensitive yoga training, trauma informed yoga training… Call it what you will, we know what outcomes have emerged from this training.  We know that by training hundreds we have impacted thousands. This year we are going back to our roots, quite literally… as it was the Mindful Yoga Therapy team who were key members of the first cadre we put together for Mindful Therapeutic Yoga Practices for Veterans. 

Heather and I are pleased to announce that the SYF Gives Back Program this year, true to the theme Traumatic Stress: Resiliency & Healing with Yoga, is…

Mindful Yoga Therapy is an Embodyoga® based, empirically informed, clinically tested program comprised of five practices: Pranayama (breathing), Asana (postures connected with breath), Yoga Nidra, Meditation, and Gratitude. Each practice is a tool that can be used to cope with Post Traumatic Stress, and together, they form a comprehensive system—a toolbox—that will carry a trauma survivor into a life of strength and resilience.

Suzanne Manafort

Suzanne Manafort

Founder & Director

Suzanne has studied extensively with Beryl Bender Birch at The Hard and The Soft Yoga Institute and also with Patty Townsend in the Embodyoga Teacher Training programs at Yoga Center Amherst.  She is now on faculty at both schools where she teaches in both teacher training programs, and is the Director at Mindful Yoga Center and it’s teacher trainings.

At the Himalayan Institute, Suzanne completed the year long Living Tantra program and the Sage Program taught by Pandit Rajmani Tigunait.

For at least a decade, Suzanne has worked with veterans who suffer with PTS. This work led her to study and learn the practical aspects of what benefits Veterans in a yoga program receive. Her experiences along the way have taught her that teachers require additional training tailored to the specific needs of Veterans.

Suzanne co-authored a book, the Mindful Yoga Therapy Practice Guide. She also produced two CDs—Yoga Nidra by Suzanne Manafort and “Breathe In Breathe Out”, a group of short breathing practices designed for Veterans with PTS.

Suzanne is on the Board of Directors of the Give Back Yoga Foundation. In 2009, she was designated a Wells Fargo Second Half Champion for her work with Veterans.

Chris Eder

Chris Eder

Director of Communications

Chris Eder is a retired Air Force Veteran and a Yoga Alliance registered Vinyasa/Hatha Interdisciplinary Yoga Instructor. His yoga journey began in 1999 after he encountered the joys of a pinched sciatic nerve, and a diagnosis of Adult ADD. A friend introduced him to yoga as an alternative to pain pills and other meds. He was hooked instantly as a student.

During a 2007 deployment to Baghdad Iraq with the Air Force, Chris began teaching a morning sunrise yoga class five days a week. Upon returning to Italy for his follow-on assignment, Chris attended a yoga training and began teaching Vinyasa & Hatha inspired classes. He also taught yoga to Wounded Warriors returning from combat action as part of the Warrior Resiliency Program.

trauma sensitive yoga training trauma informed yoga training yoga for ptsd training

Fifteen (15) hours of Yoga Alliance continuing education credits are available
From Mindful Yoga Center, home of MYT .

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE
March 14 – 17th, 2019

Thursday ALL DAY

  • Opening Circle
  • The Tool Box – A complete holistic and embodied program
  • Why Yoga for PTSD?
  • The Guiding Principles to Mindful Yoga Therapy
  • Mindful Yoga Therapy Asana Class and its Adaptations

Thursday (cont)

  • Hyperarousal, PTSD and MYT   the nervous system
  • Yoga Nidra

Friday AM

  • Mindful Yoga Therapy’s 4 Breathing Practices

Saturday AM

  • Mindful Yoga Therapy Meditation Class

Sunday AM

  • The full “Tool Box” as a practice.
  • 12-Week protocol
  • How to bring this into the world

SYF Gives Back Faculty and Alumni, Essie Titus…
serving her family with Yoga, every day.
Photographed by Robert Sturman

ADJUNCT FACULTY

Marc Titus

Marc Titus

SYF Founder, PTSD Survivor

Marc has studied and taught yoga in a wide variety of settings for nearly 2 decades after finding yoga to heal himself from what doctors said would surely be a lifetime debilitation.  Yoga has been a steady friend over the years, providing Marc with the tools to manage some unique challenges and circumstances.

After studying with key teachers Gurudev Yogi Amrit Desai, Mark Whitwell, Yogarupa Rod Stryker, Pandit Rajmani Tigunait and Steve Ross, Marc continues to overcome PTSD from his career as a Wildland Firefighter.  He now focuses on sharing what he has received in the form of these ancient and lineaged teachings and practices.

Marc is Certified Level 2 Integrative Amrit Method of Yoga Nidra Facilitator and Certified Hatha Yoga Teacher.

He is an advocate for Trauma-Informed Yoga and annually sponsors a Yoga for PTSD Teacher Training at the Sedona Yoga Festival.

Marc founded the Sedona Yoga Festival in 2012; currently he and his wife, Heather not only produce and direct the annual pilgrimage, but own and operate Aumbase Sedona, a Center for Consciousness Evolution and Aumbase Adventures featuring guided Yoga Hikes on the Sedona Landscape.

@cedarmesa

Robert Sturman

Robert Sturman

Artist Photographia

A dedicated yoga practitioner, photographer Robert Sturman has increasingly focused on capturing the timeless grace and embodied mindfulness of asana in his work. His portraits, whether set in the lively streets of Manhattan, the expansive beaches and canyons of Malibu, the timeless elegance of Walden’s New England, or the bleakness of Marin County’s San Quentin Prison, remind us that there is beauty everywhere. In Sturman’s own words, “I often think of Rumi’s words ‘I can’t stop pointing to the beauty.’ That feels right to me.” Sturman’s honors include Official Artist of the 47th Annual Grammy Awards, 2010 FIFA World Cup Artist Representing America, and Official Artist 2007 United States Olympics. In 2012 and 2013, Sturman was the subject of two separate New York Times articles celebrating his photographs of yoga from around the world.

SYF Gives Back Faculty and Alumni, Essie Titus… serving her family with Yoga, every day with Chai.  Photographed by Robert Sturman

Yoga for PTSD Training

March 14 – 17th, 2019
Sedona, Arizona

Yoga for PTSD Training, a trauma informed yoga training at Sedona Yoga Festival
March 14 – 17th, 2019
Sedona, AZ  USA

SYF Gives Back is something we’ve been doing from the start.  Utilizing this event as platform to serve and in our case, we’ve been offering some form of trauma informed yoga training at SYF since the beginning. We have trained hundreds of yoga teachers and brought awareness to the devastating effects of Post Traumatic Stress in our communities across the country. We’ve called this program all sorts of things from Yoga for Veterans and Yoga for First Responders to Yoga for PTSD, with one simple aim: Provide the tools to alleviate the effects of trauma, of suffering.  A trauma sensitive yoga training takes into account the specific aspects of traditional yoga practices that ameliorate the effects of trauma and stress on the human nervous system. Yoga is and has always been the healing balm to soothe the injured human nervous system, ergo a Yoga for PTSD training, a trauma sensitive yoga training, trauma informed yoga training… Call it what you will, we know what outcomes have emerged from this training.  We know that by training hundreds we have impacted thousands. This year we are going back to our roots, quite literally… as it was the Mindful Yoga Therapy team who were key members of the first cadre we put together for Mindful Therapeutic Yoga Practices for Veterans. 

Heather and I are pleased to announce that the SYF Gives Back Program this year, true to the theme Traumatic Stress: Resiliency & Healing with Yoga, is…

MINDFUL YOGA THERAPY

Mindful Yoga Therapy is an Embodyoga® based, empirically informed, clinically tested program comprised of five practices: Pranayama (breathing), Asana (postures connected with breath), Yoga Nidra, Meditation, and Gratitude. Each practice is a tool that can be used to cope with Post Traumatic Stress, and together, they form a comprehensive system—a toolbox—that will carry a trauma survivor into a life of strength and resilience.

SYF Gives Back Faculty and Alumni, Essie Titus… serving her family with Yoga, every day.  Photographed by Robert Sturman

STAFF AND CURRICULUM

Suzanne Manafort

Suzanne Manafort

Founder & Director

Suzanne has studied extensively with Beryl Bender Birch at The Hard and The Soft Yoga Institute and also with Patty Townsend in the Embodyoga Teacher Training programs at Yoga Center Amherst.  She is now on faculty at both schools where she teaches in both teacher training programs, and is the Director at Mindful Yoga Center and it’s teacher trainings.

At the Himalayan Institute, Suzanne completed the year long Living Tantra program and the Sage Program taught by Pandit Rajmani Tigunait.

For at least a decade, Suzanne has worked with veterans who suffer with PTS. This work led her to study and learn the practical aspects of what benefits Veterans in a yoga program receive. Her experiences along the way have taught her that teachers require additional training tailored to the specific needs of Veterans.

Suzanne co-authored a book, the Mindful Yoga Therapy Practice Guide. She also produced two CDs—Yoga Nidra by Suzanne Manafort and “Breathe In Breathe Out”, a group of short breathing practices designed for Veterans with PTS.

Suzanne is on the Board of Directors of the Give Back Yoga Foundation. In 2009, she was designated a Wells Fargo Second Half Champion for her work with Veterans.

Chris Eder

Chris Eder

Director of Communications

Chris Eder is a retired Air Force Veteran and a Yoga Alliance registered Vinyasa/Hatha Interdisciplinary Yoga Instructor. His yoga journey began in 1999 after he encountered the joys of a pinched sciatic nerve, and a diagnosis of Adult ADD. A friend introduced him to yoga as an alternative to pain pills and other meds. He was hooked instantly as a student.

During a 2007 deployment to Baghdad Iraq with the Air Force, Chris began teaching a morning sunrise yoga class five days a week. Upon returning to Italy for his follow-on assignment, Chris attended a yoga training and began teaching Vinyasa & Hatha inspired classes. He also taught yoga to Wounded Warriors returning from combat action as part of the Warrior Resiliency Program.

trauma sensitive yoga training trauma informed yoga training yoga for ptsd training

Fifteen (15) hours of Yoga Alliance continuing education credits are available
From Mindful Yoga Center, home of MYT .

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE
March 14 – 17th, 2019

Thursday ALL DAY

  • Opening Circle
  • The Tool Box – A complete holistic and embodied program
  • Why Yoga for PTSD?
  • The Guiding Principles to Mindful Yoga Therapy
  • Mindful Yoga Therapy Asana Class and its Adaptations
  • Hyperarousal, PTSD and MYT   the nervous system
  • Yoga Nidra
Friday AM

  • Mindful Yoga Therapy’s 4 Breathing Practices

Saturday AM

  • Mindful Yoga Therapy Meditation Class

Sunday AM

  • The full “Tool Box” as a practice.
  • 12-Week protocol
  • How to bring this into the world

ADJUNCT FACULTY

Marc Titus

Marc Titus

SYF Founder, PTSD Survivor

Marc has studied and taught yoga in a wide variety of settings for nearly 2 decades after finding yoga to heal himself from what doctors said would surely be a lifetime debilitation.  Yoga has been a steady friend over the years, providing Marc with the tools to manage some unique challenges and circumstances.

After studying with key teachers Gurudev Yogi Amrit Desai, Mark Whitwell, Yogarupa Rod Stryker, Pandit Rajmani Tigunait and Steve Ross, Marc continues to overcome PTSD from his career as a Wildland Firefighter.  He now focuses on sharing what he has received in the form of these ancient and lineaged teachings and practices.

Marc is Certified Level 2 Integrative Amrit Method of Yoga Nidra Facilitator and Certified Hatha Yoga Teacher.

He is an advocate for Trauma-Informed Yoga and annually sponsors a Yoga for PTSD Teacher Training at the Sedona Yoga Festival.

Marc founded the Sedona Yoga Festival in 2012; currently he and his wife, Heather not only produce and direct the annual pilgrimage, but own and operate Aumbase Sedona, a Center for Consciousness Evolution and Aumbase Adventures featuring guided Yoga Hikes on the Sedona Landscape.

@cedarmesa

Robert Sturman

Robert Sturman

Artist Photographia

A dedicated yoga practitioner, photographer Robert Sturman has increasingly focused on capturing the timeless grace and embodied mindfulness of asana in his work. His portraits, whether set in the lively streets of Manhattan, the expansive beaches and canyons of Malibu, the timeless elegance of Walden’s New England, or the bleakness of Marin County’s San Quentin Prison, remind us that there is beauty everywhere. In Sturman’s own words, “I often think of Rumi’s words ‘I can’t stop pointing to the beauty.’ That feels right to me.” Sturman’s honors include Official Artist of the 47th Annual Grammy Awards, 2010 FIFA World Cup Artist Representing America, and Official Artist 2007 United States Olympics. In 2012 and 2013, Sturman was the subject of two separate New York Times articles celebrating his photographs of yoga from around the world.

SYF Gives Back Faculty and Alumni, Essie Titus… serving her family with Yoga, every day with Chai.  Photographed by Robert Sturman

Yoga for PTSD Training

March 14 – 17th, 2019
Sedona, Arizona

Yoga for PTSD training, a trauma sensitive yoga training

For the sixth year in a row SYF, a consciousness evolution conference aims to assist yoga teachers, service providers and others in bringing the tools and benefits provided in a trauma informed yoga training to populations affected by PTSD, TBI, and other stress related illnesses.  Early on we focused on ‘yoga for’ specific populations, Yoga For Veterans and Yoga For First Responders, before we concluded that ultimately, Yoga, as it comes to us from the traditions, is and has always been the healing balm to soothe the injured human nervous system, ergo a Yoga for PTSD training… Trauma sensitive yoga training at SYF brings awareness to specific aspects of Yoga that are especially beneficial to Trauma Survivors. Click the buttons below to see past curriculum and faculty.

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SYF Gives Back Faculty and Alumni, Essie Titus… serving her family with Yoga, every day. Photographed by Robert Sturman

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Yoga for PTSD Training, a trauma informed yoga training… or is it trauma sensitive yoga training?

“Yoga has been yoga since the beginning… when one looks closely at the ancient texts and the modern experience, nothing has changed really. We are still allowing the mind to rule, we lack discipline here.  This is where yoga can help! A definition of Yoga is stilling the fluctuations of the mind; our thoughts.  What we advocate in this training and aim to provide are traditional yoga practices that ameliorate the effects of trauma, stress and post-traumatic stress.

 

The notion of a trauma sensitive yoga training or a trauma informed yoga training, then is true in every sense of the wording!  However, it has always been this way, not some recent discovery or buzzword… Yoga has always been the healing balm for the out of balance nervous system.  That’s what practicing it does.  Balance the autonomic nervous system.

 

Modern western yoga, tends to emphasize the physical aspects of Yoga, mainly the postures, or asana.  These are good practices and when utilized properly can be phenomenally healing to an overactive, traumatized nervous system.

 

The wrong practices at the wrong times, however can have the opposite effect and amplify the nervous system… Face Palm!  I didn’t catch on to that for quite some time and more difficult it made it!  The most important thing I emphasize at this trauma informed yoga training is just that… We consider trauma and its effects on the nervous system; it is the primary perspective.

 

I suppose I prefer trauma informed over trauma sensitive yoga training.  Perhaps as a society we have actually become too sensitive, giving too much power to those pesky thoughts, feelings and emotions… ya know the vrittis, fluctuations of the mind and all… 😉

 

This Yoga for PTSD Training will prepare you to be trauma informed with proven effective tools, techniques and practices that can change a life… For the Better.

 

Thanks for your interest!

Marc Titus

SYF Founder

PTSD Survivor

@cedarmesa

 

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