During or after trauma, many people experience a break in the will to live, which typically results in self-destructive choices. The root of this tendency to self-blame is what needs uprooting for the person to start making self- constructive choices, in terms of what substances and experiences they expose themselves to. Easier said than done! A foundational understanding of trauma is helpful to start this process.
Once you decide you are ready to start recovering from trauma rather than constantly hiding from it, through self-medication, dissociation or otherwise, you can begin changing the input, or stimulus, coming in through your five senses.
What we do everyday has a greater effect on us than what we do once in a while.
In Bessel Van Der Kolk’s The Body Keeps The Score, he notes that yoga is more effective than any pharmaceutical drug in reducing anxiety and depression, and is more accessible than even a formal mindfulness practice.
Generally, when you are getting sober, you need an entire “mind make-over,” in order to start changing your emotional and mental states. We all have our preferences: they are rooted in our pre-verbal brain. Generally, if a stimulus doesn’t feed our emotional state, we often avoid it. How many times have you put a sad song on repeat after a breakup? Ok, maybe I’m outing myself. Just saying, we have to bring mindfulness to the roots of our preferences.
In my “16 Weeks to Resilience” Program, the first 8 weeks introduces Mindfulness practices along with one yoga pose a week to begin a bottom up reprogramming of the nervous system and to give access to tools for reducing mental/ emotional symptoms like anxiety and depression. Students are encouraged to start or end the day with 2 minutes of physical practice, while focusing the mind on an intention. This initiates perhaps the most difficult of tasks: making space for new self-care routines. Accomplishing this, even a few days a week, you have made a huge leap toward healing!
Once a foundation of basic mindfulness is laid, we can introduce some new resources to balance digestion, build immunity and increase clarity. We start with looking at the things we do everyday.
So we start adapting what we do, one or two routines a week. The better we feel, the more we are inspired to do. We start small: build little successes, which is very much a part of trauma recovery. When we gain a sense of trust in our agency, our ability to protect ourselves from pain, and accomplish our goals, our confidence rises and we shift from victim to survivor, then perhaps we even start to thrive.
Ayurvedic practices generally aim to increase purity, balance digestive fire, and build immunity. Balancing our digestive fire has the effect of reducing ama, or toxic undigested material. Ama is the origin of candida, of Atherosclerosis in the veins, plaque in heart disease, even the amyloid plaque in the brain found after Traumatic Brain Injury and in Alzheimers.
Trauma Informed Ayurveda can help take the -Ama out of Trauma, leaving us more deeply rooted in Tru-th! Cleaning the body sounds great, until you start cleansing and you can either be retraumatized feeling everything come up. It is much easier with someone to guide you through the stickiest parts of letting go….
The benefits of these services are on the cusp of being acknowledged by a larger medical community. For example, in Bessel Van Der Kolk’s The Body Keeps The Score, he notes that yoga is more effective than any pharmaceutical drug in reducing anxiety and depression, and is more accessible than even a formal mindfulness practice.
Consultations for ayurveda practitioners
Up Your Game: 4 one hour sessions.
Professional Assessment, Trauma Informed Yoga & Ayurveda for your Clients. Find where your talents and the needs of the world intersect, & Step into your Dharma more fully!
Consultations for everyone
Sleep Tight Package: 3 one hour sessions.
Initial Intake – 2 hrs. 1 hr – Report of findings and bedtime routines.
Kindling the Fire Package: 5 sessions.
Initial Intake – 2 hrs. 1 hr – Report of findings. 3 Follow-Up Visits.
Includes mindfulness introduction & ideal routines.
Resilience Package: 8 visits.
Initial Intake – 2 hrs, 1 hr – Report of findings. 6 Follow-Up Visits.
Includes ideal routines and mindfulness through the five senses.
Radiance Package: 16 visits.
Initial Intake. Report of findings. 14 Follow-Ups
Includes 3 Pillars, Ideal routines, 3 Pillars of Health, Complete Mindfulness and Mindfulness for the five Senses.
July 11, 6-7:30 at Yoga Well, 768 S. Auburn, Grass Valley, $17
July 19, 6-7:30 at Kinfolk Yoga, 204 W. Main Street, Ste 104, Grass Valley, $17
Classes at Kinfolk Yoga: 6hrs Trauma Informed Principles
Saturday, Sept 14, 1pm-4:30: Foundational Brain Science of Trauma Informed Yoga
Sunday, Sept 15, 1pm-4:30pm: Yogic Activism: Teaching Movement outside Studios, Meeting Students Where They Are with TI Yoga & Mindfulness
Classes at Kinfolk Yoga: 6 1/2hrs Ayurveda, Assessment & Attachment
Saturday, September 21, 1pm-2:15: Intro to Ayurveda (for never evers)
2:30pm-5: Trauma Informed Ayurvedic Self Care & Mindfulness
Sunday, 1-4:30: Assessment using the Gunas: Attachment Theory & Procedural Learning in Yoga Therapy
Retreat for Yoga Teachers Oct 11-14: 25 1/2hrs
Fri 4:30-8: Introductions, Eight Steps to Integration, Intro to 16 Weeks to Resilience, Endocrine Glands, Sense/ Action Organs
Sat 9am-12:30: Practice Teaching Activation Poses, Mindfulness
1:30pm-4:30pm: TI Principles: Creating Sacred Space, Start to End of class
6-8: Practice Teaching Restorative, Mindfulness
Sun 9am: Ayurvedic Practices: Five-Sense Care in Daily Routines
1:30pm: Practice teaching Chair yoga, Review
6pm: Integrating themes-mindfulness, trauma awareness, Ayurvedic practices
Monday, 9-4:30pm: Review & Final Practice Teaching
This training will introduce new brain science, such as the Polyvagal Theory, to illuminate how yoga and other somatic therapies can support Trauma release and reduce mental suffering, as anxiety and depression. Students will receive a cursory introduction to Ayurveda and how self-care is so important in creating the ojas necessary to withstand the ripple effect of somatic trauma release practices like TRE or Neurogenic Yoga. Students will learn and have opportunities to teach the “16 Weeks to Resilience” Curriculum throughout, integrating formal mindfulness practice as taught by Jon Kabat Zinn, with Mindfulness for the Senses.
Basic principles will be applied through homework between weekends, with short quizzes and teaching practices each weekend. Homework will primarily include self-care practices, home asana practice, reading and journaling.
Regardless of where you will be sharing this information, we will break into dyads or triads to practice teaching each other and the group to ensure the highest integration.
- Hours and costs vary depending on your professional application. Please fill out the application and we’ll schedule an interview.
- If the class is a fit for you, we will adapt the course to work for you.
- At the retreats, you can purchase organic simple meals, like oatmeal, kitchari or congee for $12/ meal, request a special diet, or bring your own food.
- Lodging at the cabin will be first-come, first-served, at $150/ night. There are 3 bedrooms, which will be shared bedrooms. If you want to come with your partner, your partner will need to be away from the cabin during class time, though partners are welcome to join us for meals. If we fill up, you are responsible for your own lodging.
Some hours will count towards NAMA PACE credits, all toward IAYT APD credit hours and Yoga Alliance CEUs.
Therapists, caregivers sharing in private practice
16- 22 hrs. $560-$770 (Early bird $457-$667)
- 12 hour Retreat
- 4 hours TI Ayurveda
- Optional 3 hrs Assessment/ Attachment
- Optional 3hrs TI Principles- Brain Science
Ayurveds sharing in private practice
20 hrs. $700 ( Early bird : $597)
- 12 hr. retreat
- 3 hrs. TI Principles
- 2.5 hrs. TI Ayurveda
- 3hrs Assessment/ Attachment
If teaching groups : on 9/15 – 3 hrs & on 9/21 – 5 hrs. retreat : $858 + 700 = $1558 (Early bird $1457)
Yoga teachers teaching groups
37 hrs. $1335 (Early bird : $1197)
- 6 hrs. TI Principles
- 7 hrs. ayurveda, assessment & attachment
- 25 hr. retreat
Educators teaching groups
46.5 hrs. $1628 (Early bird $1497)
- All 50 hrs. except last weekend’s Fri. night(3.5hrs)
Two work study positions open for two people wishing to take the Complete Training
Half Price! $875