Tending the Nervous System: Honoring Trauma & Cultivating Resilience in the Classroom
October 17| $160 – $200
The intention of all the various yoga practices are to bring us back into a sense of our intrinsic wholeness; a cohesive sense of being present in the moment as our truest Self. Trauma and chronic stress can have the opposite effect; we can lose our coherency and react to the present moment from unconscious, stuck places. Trauma and chronic stress can limit the ways our being organizes itself and impact the efficacy of the yoga practices. Therefore, not all the practices work the same for each person.
When you have multiple nervous systems in the room that all need something slightly different to guide them into ease and presence, what do you do? Knowing how the nervous system is designed to function optimally and how it can get stuck is a good place to begin. Another key piece to the puzzle, then is considering how you offer the practices and what your intention is for your students (and yourself) is. Finally, how do cultivate your own coherence with the knowledge that it impacts those around you.
This workshop is geared towards teachers, counselors and any others who hold space and support students or clients in cultivating resiliency and presence. It is open to all practitioners of yoga or other awareness-based practices.
In this workshop you will learn…
✓ An introduction to the polyvagal theory of the nervous system• How the nervous system functions and how/why it can get stuck
✓ How trauma and chronic stress impact the nervous system and tools for coping with it
✓ Simple techniques that can help you/your students/your clients settle their system and gain more benefit from their yoga practices
✓ Ways of tending the practice space to cultivate the possibility of safety and comfort for a group or individual
✓ Understanding the importance of a trauma-sensitive space
Saturday, October 17, 1:00-6:00 pm
Sunday, October 18, 1:00-4:00 pm
$160 Early bird through October 4
$200 Full price Oct 5 & after
This teacher training is eligible for Continuing Education Credits through Yoga Alliance and is part of our 300-hour Advanced Teacher Training program. If you are taking this workshop toward your advanced teaching certification, please register for the 300-hour program in advance.
Please plan carefully: Refunds of 90% are granted up to 5 days prior to the class start; after which, no refunds are given.
About the instructor: Elizabeth Rainey
Rainey first encountered yoga as a teenager, discovered her passion for it in her mid-20’s and began teaching more than 17 years ago. For most of her life she has been curious about the great mysterious dance of life and death and has been drawn towards the traditions that help deepen and expound upon it. Her personal journey has given her a sincere appreciation for the tenacity of the body, mind and heart when given space and support to renew and recover.
Rainey offers Living Presence Yoga & Somatic Awareness: an invitation to move with deep attention and curiosity, pausing often to listen to what is currently arising and orienting ourselves in the larger context nature. She is devoted to co-creating a space of wild inquiry with her students. She is deeply influenced by her on-going studies in Continuum, Meditation and Trauma Release. Her decade as a certified Anusara yoga Teacher lays the foundation for her teaching. Rainey is a C-IAYT and E-RYT 500 certified yoga teacher and offers private therapeutic yoga sessions.
Elizabeth Rainey, Resilience, Seattle Yoga Arts, Trauma-Informed Yoga, Trauma-informed Yoga Teacher Training, Yoga Teacher Training, Yoga Therapy