The workshop will include:
● Experiential component – we will begin with an hour long trauma informed vinyasa class.
● Trauma and its symptoms – we will explore the way trauma shows up in the body, its long term mental and physical impacts and the nature of PTSD.
● Physiology of trauma response – we will go behind the symptoms of trauma and examine the ways the brain responds to the original trauma, the lasting effects of the freeze response and the role of the Vagus nerve.
● How movement heals trauma – we will consider the way in which yoga and movement based therapies support healing.
● Trauma informed yoga – we will learn the principles behind creating a yoga practice that is safe for survivors and conducive to their empowerment. We will discuss the practical reality of each aspect of the practice using real life examples from my work.
This workshop is suitable for experienced teachers, yoga teachers trainees and other practitioners who are using movement therapies in their work with trauma survivors.
What Teachers are saying about the workshop:
‘It was wonderful. Thank you Karen. It was great to have all the information I’ve been learning verbalised. Your openness and integrity is a phenomenal inspiration.’ Melbourne participant
‘I think this topic is very relevant and important to bring awareness to situations that you may encounter even in a general class. Personally I think it has made me much more sensitive to triggers and modifications I can make in my teachings to try to avoid these.’ Sydney Participant
When: Saturday September 9th, 2017
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Karen is a trauma informed yoga teacher working joyfully in Melbourne. Her interest in yoga as tool for healing and integrating trauma was born of her own practice that was instrumental to transforming her experience of childhood trauma. Karen works with survivors of trauma individually and groups, in the justice system and rape crisis centres. She has presented on the topic and runs teacher workshops Australia wide. In a continuous search for ways to better serve her clients Karen is currently completing a masters of counselling and considering the role of cultivating pleasure in post trauma thriving.
To learn more and connect with Karen go to www.karenspitz.com
‘This workshop made me aware of what to be conscious of when teaching a class and how likely it is that one of my students could be affected by trauma. It was also really valuable that Karen speaks from personal experience.’ Canberra Participant