IST Day A very new Yoga and marm Approach for Trauma Survivors
IST Yoga and Marm Approach for Trauma Survivors in a yoga class
Tutor: Louse Fortunato
Date: 11th May 2019 - 25th May 2019
Time: 10:00 - 16:00
Location: Ardleigh House
Type of Event: IST Days
Eastern Region is very happy to deliver this new IST day for you
IST Days (2 sessions) Taking place on May 11th and May 25th 2019
An Introduction to yoga and marma approaches for trauma survivors.
Aim: To deliver a two-part IST workshop to BWY qualified teachers on safe practice in a general class for students who may be living with PTSD or are survivors of trauma.
The two workshops will:
• Explore recent research around the autonomic nervous system and the vagus nerve in relation to both anxiety and trauma-based physiology and claimed effects of some yogic and meditation practices on these systems.
• Examine the symptoms of PTSD and possible pitfalls of either re-traumatization or flashback inducement of certain yogic practices.
• Equip teachers with tools/know-how to help trauma survivors integrate safely into general classes (including modified asana, language, selected marma points and mudra).
NB The workshops will not equip teachers to deliver detailed yoga therapy programmes to trauma survivors on a 1:1 basis or in a specialist class. Students are encouraged to attend both sessions 1&2.
• Will provide a basic overview of the vagus nerve in relation to the polyvagal theory and the autonomic nervous system.
• Explain fight/flight/freeze mechanisms and characteristics of PTSD and complex PTSD.
• Introduce basic restorative yoga and marma therapy techniques designed to de-escalate the stress response.
* Discuss the dos and don’ts of yoga for trauma survivors.
• Further exploration of the implications of polyvagal theory in relation to classical yogic practices
• How to ground students should a flashback or traumatic experience occur in a general class/workshop or retreat situation.
• Suggested alternatives or modifications to aspects of yoga practices that could inhibit or destabilize trauma survivors in a general class.
• Further exploration of targeted mudra use and refreshment of marma points.
About Louise Fortunato
Louise Fortunato is a British Wheel of Yoga teacher and Foundation Course leader, Integrated Yoga Therapist and mindfulness teacher. She has taught mindfulness, mainstream yoga and individual yoga therapy for many years and is trained also in marma therapy which she uses primarily in conjunction with her private practice for PTSD and anxiety. Having trained extensively as a yoga therapist for different health issues, her interest in trauma and experience in treating those with PTSD and anxiety stems from neuroscientific research around yoga practices in relation to the effects on the nervous system and changes to brain regions. She is the founder of Lucia’s Light which aims to help those with PTSD or generalized anxiety disorder to use yoga practices safely with targeted marma therapy as part of an integrated approach to moving towards better mental and physical health
As always please bring a packed lunch and yoga mat, blocks, and bolsters if you have them.
As this is a very new IST day please email me for more details if you need to know more?
42 Ardleigh Green Road
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