Therapeutic Yoga for Trauma Recovery: Applying the Principles of Polyvagal Theory for Self-Discovery, Embodied Healing, and Meaningful Change

Course Info

Class Length:
Two One-Hour Lectures, plus recorded yoga practice video
Price:
$127.00
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Arielle Schwartz, PhD

Arlelle Schwartz photo Arielle Schwartz, Ph.D., E-YRT is a psychologist, internationally sought-out teacher, yoga instructor, and leading voice in the healing of PTSD and complex trauma. She is the author of six books, including Therapeutic Yoga for Trauma Recovery, The Complex PTSD Workbook, and The Post Traumatic...
Thursday, October 20th 8:00 pm Eastern / 5:00 pm Pacific 
Tuesday, October 25th 8:00 pm Eastern / 5:00 pm Pacific

Therapeutic Yoga for Trauma Recovery: Applying the Principles of Polyvagal Theory for Self-Discovery, Embodied Healing, and Meaningful Change

Many of the symptoms of traumatic stress are due to an imbalance in the autonomic nervous system. By definition, trauma refers to any event that overwhelms our capacity to mentally, emotionally, and physically cope with or process the experience.

Trauma survivors are often flooded by intrusive sensations or emotions and as a result, can become hypervigilant to their surroundings, avoid places that remind them of their experiences, suffer from panic, or want to shut down with fatigue and depression.

Since these symptoms are as much physical as they are psychological, we need body-centered interventions to rebalance the body and mind.

Yoga is one such path to healing, offering tools to address these physiological imbalances through practices that allow students to sense their body, change how they breathe, move stuck energy, and rest into stillness.

Through the lens of interpersonal biology, polyvagal theory, and somatic psychology, you will explore the physiological repercussions of stressful or traumatic events.

Within this course, you will learn tools to enhance your personal yoga practice and benefit your work with others if you are a therapist or yoga teacher.

Dr. Arielle Schwartz brings over twenty years of experience as a trained somatic psychotherapist, trauma treatment expert, and yoga instructor.

Through the lens of polyvagal theory, you will learn how the vagus nerve is a bidirectional information highway between mind and body—more importantly, you will learn to fine-tune your health with breath, movement, and awareness practices that become the building blocks of a life-changing daily practice.

What You Will Learn:

  • How is trauma held in the body, and what you can do to heal

  • Key ways to apply polyvagal theory within therapeutic yoga

  • The two levels of co-regulation and how this benefits you and your students

  • Why pranayama facilitates optimal heart rate variability (HRV) to enhance your health

  • How to naturally and gently increase vagal tone and vagal efficiency

  • Building blocks for a home-based therapeutic yoga practice to nourish your nervous system

Course Outline:

  • Module 1: Applied Polyvagal in Yoga

    • Understand the polyvagal theory and the social engagement system

    • Discuss the tiered response to threat and trauma

    • Explore ”hybrid” nervous system states

    • Discuss the Goldilocks Principle, the polyvagal ladder, and the 3 Gunas

    • Explore neuroception as svadyaya

    • Discuss heart rate variability and nervous system flexibility

    • Learn yoga-based vagus nerve stimulation for neuromodulation

  • Module 2: Trauma Recovery and Embodiment

    • Understand trauma and resilience 

    • Apply dual attention within a yoga practice

    • Explore yoga and brain integration

    • Discuss sequencing and somatic repatterning as related to the koshas and the prana vayus

    • Explore the Window of Tolerance, titration, and “Yoga at the Edge”

    • Explore how your posture impacts the health of your vagus nerve 

    • Discuss the connective tissue matrix and learn how to safely let go of the threat response

About the Speaker:

Arielle Schwartz, Ph.D., E-YRT is a psychologist, internationally sought-out teacher, yoga instructor, and leading voice in healing PTSD and complex trauma. She is the author of six books, including Therapeutic Yoga for Trauma Recovery, The Complex PTSD Workbook, and The Post Traumatic Growth Guidebook. Dr. Schwartz has a depth of understanding, passion, kindness, compassion, joy, and a succinct way of speaking about very complex topics. She is the founder of the Center for Resilience Informed Therapy in Boulder, Colorado. Dr. Schwartz believes that the journey of trauma recovery is an awakening of the spiritual heart. Discover more at drarielleschwartz.com.

 

Early Bird Discount - Register on or before Tuesday, October 25, 2022 and receive a $30 discount. Enter Coupon Code AS30.

 

 

This Course Also Includes:

  • Yoga Practice Video: Enjoy a yoga practice video that accompanies this course designed by Dr. Arielle Schwartz.

  • Recordings of All Webinar Sessions: It’s generally acknowledged that many people only retain 10-20 percent of what they learn in a workshop. You will get access to the recordings of all webinar sessions - both MP3 (downloadable) and MP4 (streaming online), enabling you to go back and listen to the workshop as many times as you like.

  • Transcripts of All Sessions: Ever wanted to refer to a certain part of a course? Even the best note-takers miss a point every so often. With the transcripts of the webinar sessions, you can go back and refer to particularly important passages or clarify sections you were in doubt about.

This course qualifies for 3 non-contact hours CEs with Yoga Alliance.

Join us live or listen to the recordings!
Thursday, October 20th 8:00 pm Eastern / 5:00 pm Pacific 
Tuesday, October 25th 8:00 pm Eastern / 5:00 pm Pacific