Introduction to Trauma Informed Yoga Teaching

CPD Points: 5

When: 9.30am - 4.30pm, Sunday, 1 Mar 2020

Where: McKillop House, Archibald Street, Lyneham ACT 2602

IYTA Member EARLY BIRD: $110 - available until 10-Feb-2020
IYTA Member Price: $140 / Non-member: $160
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Availability: Good

We often have students in our classes who may be experiencing or have experienced trauma. They won't always identify themselves but there are some approaches we can take which might make their yoga experience feel safer and more supportive.

This day is intended to introduce participants to the theoretical aspects of trauma and provide experience of practical applications which they can use in their own classes.

Content will include:

  • What is trauma?
    • Impacts on all levels of human experience and implications for yoga teaching.
    • Social context of trauma.
    • The window of tolerance.
    • The importance of interoception.
    • The breath is not necessarily neutral - working with other grounding options.
    • The power of relationships.
    • The overall goals of trauma informed class.
    • Ways of creating a trauma informed class.
  • Self-care.

Learning experiences will encompass information sessions, personal reflection, pair and small group discussions and skill practice.

About Marg Riley

Marg is a recently retired psychologist who has undertaken many hours of professional development in the area of trauma and has worked with numerous children and young people who have experienced trauma. She has provided trauma awareness training for classroom teachers and supervised other psychologists who have experienced secondary trauma in addition to having her own experiences of secondary trauma. She has taught yoga to adolescents and adults who are dealing with the impacts of trauma.

She trained with IYTA in 2012-13, completed trainings with Trauma Aware Yoga Australia and Trauma Sensitive Mindfulness with David Treleaven. Marg is deeply interested in teaching yoga to people who may not traditionally come to yoga classes such as those with persistent health conditions like arthritis, people experiencing mental health problems, young people in youth detention, people living with disabilities and older people.

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