Integrating Body, Breath and Movement within our Therapeutic Relationships using Trauma Sensitive Yoga

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Wimbledon Guild Counselling Training

13 November 2021 - 14 November 2021

Time: 10:00 - 14:00

Price: £120 + booking fees

Location: online


Please note events are live stream only they are not recorded.

Each day runs 10.00 – 14.00 for both Saturday and Sunday.

About this event:

A 2-day online workshop for health professionals, mental health workers, yoga teachers and coaches with a keen interest in making their current practice more trauma informed and embodied.

  • Gain confidence and tools to integrate the body, breath and movement within your current practice, working in person and online with trauma, anxiety and depression.
  • On completion of this 2-day workshop you will gain an understanding of the core concepts of working with the body, breath and movement within your therapeutic relationships, focussing on treatment tools for trauma, anxiety and depression.
  • You will gain practical tools to integrate into your current clinical or therapeutic practice, in person and online, focusing on the body, breath and movement. These tools are trauma informed, including, Trauma Sensitive Yoga, which is a proven treatment for survivors of trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), offering effective healing and symptom reduction, it is a clinically validated method of yoga researched by Bessel van der Kolk in the USA. Trauma sensitive yoga has foundations in Trauma Theory, Attachment Theory, Neuroscience and Hatha Yoga with an emphasis on mind body connection, breathing and movement.
  • You will leave with a deep understanding of the importance of Science in relation to bringing the body, breath & movement into your work including Neuroscience, Autonomic Nervous System & Vagus Nerve.

During this 2-day workshop we will explore:

The competing forces of Mind & Body in Science & Therapy.

Key aspects of historical psychoanalytic conflict between Mind Body and awareness of the still competing forces within the clinical and political post pandemic environment of 2021.

“Every muscular rigidity contains the history and meaning of its origin… the spasm of the muscle is a somatic side of the process of repression” Wilhelm Reich

Exploring the work and research of Freud, Wilhelm Reich, Laura & Fritz Pearls (founders of Gestalt therapy), Bessel van der Kolk, Patruska Clarkson, Babette Rothschild, Eric Berne, Pat Ogden,Stephen Porges, Allison Priestman, Nick Totton, Peter Levine, Daniel Stern, Danielle Siegel.

The Power of the breath & movement in healing.

The science behind the “WHY” yoga makes us feel good.

Energy in the body and how Trauma, Anxiety & Depression manifest as “numbness” “deadness” “frozen” “stuck”…

“The single most important issues for traumatized people is to find a sense of safety in their own bodies” Dr. Bessel van der Kolk

Autonomic Nervous System & Heart Rate Variability: How movement, the breath and yoga help us return to our window of tolerance

Why the Vagus Nerve has startling implications for the treatment of trauma, anxiety & depression

Befriending the Body: Learn Trauma Informed Yoga tools to work with clients online and in person.

Empowering language and the theoretical underpinnings of trauma sensitive yoga including trauma theory, attachment theory, hatha yoga, neuroscience, ethics & safety implications and the future for working with Body, Breath and Movement in our therapy rooms as healing tools.

Magical connective tissue and our potential for growth.

Fascia – What is it and why it matters.

Explore the wisdom of the body moving.

Countertransference & non verbal phenomena within our therapeutic relationships.

Two bodies in the room.

“It is a very remarkable thing that the unconscious of one human being can react upon that of another, without passing through the conscious” Freud.

“One patient evoked wildcat sensations in my own body, a wildcat countertransference & an unfamiliar body experience.”

Susie Orbach.

Is somebody missing? Where did Spirit go?

As contemporary clinicians we must acknowledge the overlap between psychological and spiritual dimensions, as all beings have a yearning for something higher.

Learning outcomes for attendees:

  • An understanding of the scientific and clinical research findings supporting working with the body, breath, movement. Specifically, benefits for trauma, anxiety & depression, positive mental health and self-care.
  • Accessible resources: Reading list, Audio and Online practices for many trauma informed methods.

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