537 Massachusetts Ave, Acton, MA
Supporting The Survivor On The Mat:
Integrating Trauma Informed Practices Into Your Teaching
w/ Alexis Marbach
Sunday, Jan. 29th @ 1 – 4pm
Early registration $45 / $55 after Jan. 23rd “A trauma informed perspective asks us to come at our students with compassion and curiosity rather than judgement or pressure. This perspective isn’t afraid of discomfort, and doesn’t ask everyone to [feel one way]”.
– Hala Khouri
Trauma is pervasive in our culture – from childhood and developmental trauma to sexual assault, grief, loss, physical injury, emotional abuse, and so much more. Survivors of trauma find their way on to their mat to find connection with their physical and emotional beings. The way that we show up for them as teachers can be the difference between creating a safe, inviting, and healing environment or one that reinforces the self-doubt, pain, isolation, and activation of the fight or flight signals within the body that can be present after the experience of trauma.
This teacher intensive is designed to provide you with the tools and the confidence to create more of an inviting class environment for trauma survivors. Our time together will include:
the foundation to understanding trauma and the way it can be present in individuals
an exploration of the ways that we can heal trauma through yoga teaching techniques that can be integrated into any class you teach (including ways to create a safe and intelligently sequenced class, the best ways to language your instructions, providing mindful assists to students, and much more)
individual and group reflection on the role of the teacher when working with a survivor
Teachers who participate in this workshop will gain a foundational understanding of the principles of trauma informed yoga, and will leave with tips and tools to make their all levels classes more accessible for trauma survivors.
Alexis believes that yoga is an opportunity to turn your inner volume up and the external noise. Yoga is a tool that helps us discern who we are, and make decisions that are in service to our emotional, physical, and spiritual nourishment. She believes that engaging in a yoga practice is a radical act of self-care and a chance to become embodied, empowered, and more firmly grounded in who we are (especially in a world that is constantly in flux). After practicing for over 10 years and teaching for more than 4, Alexis has come to understand her practice as a safe place to explore internally and externally. She teaches because she believes that everyone has the right to engage in this process of cultivating their deep internal wisdom. Alexis completed her 200-hour teacher training with YogaWorks in Northern California, and is currently working on her 300-hour teacher training at Down Under School of Yoga in Brookline, Ma. She is forever indebted to her teachers and mentors Lakshmi Norwood, Nikki Estrada, Michelle Marlahan, Molly Boeder Harris, Zabie Yamasaki, Cailtin Lainer, Tami Hackbarth, and Natasha Rizopolous. (www.alexismarbachyoga.com)