Full Course Description
Neuroscience & Yoga in the Treatment of Trauma
- Analyze the neuroscience research regarding the impact of trauma on the brain and nervous system as it relates to clinical treatment.
- Analyze the “window of tolerance” and how to use it to inform treatment planning and interventions.
- Provide psychoeducation to clients regarding the specific characteristics of yoga that help reduce symptoms of trauma.
- Utilize yoga techniques to help improve clinical outcomes related to specific diagnosis.
- Demonstrate specific yoga techniques to use with clients in individual and group treatment settings.
- Teach clients about the clinical benefits, limitations and potential risks of utilizing yoga techniques in a clinical setting.
Neuroscience of Trauma
What Makes Yoga Suitable for Trauma Survivors?
- How the brain and nervous system are affected during trauma
- Window of tolerance
- Brain structures implicated in PTSD
- Storage of traumatic vs. normal memories in the brain
- Inability to process
Specific Yoga Techniques and Clinical Applications (with Lab)
- Brief introduction to yoga
- Research findings and limitations
- What yoga CAN and CANNOT accomplish in the treatment of trauma
- Importance of focusing on the present moment
- Increase the ability to tolerate pain and discomfort
- Calm down the amygdala and sympathetic nervous system
- Shift brain from negative bias to positive focus
- Breath of Joy
- Moving Warrior poses
- Simple vinyasa (with visualization)
- Meditation with mantra
- Legs up the wall
- Using yoga in individual treatment
- Using yoga in group treatment
- Limitations and potential risks
- Importance of personal yoga practice
- Use neuroscience knowledge to explain the impact of trauma and usefulness of yoga
- Referrals to appropriate classes
- Teach one skill and encourage practicing it
Part 2_Section 1_Grounding Chair Yoga Practice
Watch this state-of-the-art workshop and discover yoga-based interventions to regulate the autonomic nervous system and learn exactly how to incorporate these interventions into your psychotherapy session.
Watch Debra Premashakti Alvis, Ph.D., RYT, in an in-depth training on the principles and practices of trauma-informed yoga, with a special focus on chair yoga postures, yogic breathing exercises, and yoga nidra, the yogic sleep. She is one of the first practitioners to combine yoga with the wisdom of neuroscience and techniques from somatic psychology into a personalized approach for bringing yoga into the session, groups, and yoga classes. The focus of this work is on regulating the client’s autonomic nervous system as the groundwork for trauma healing.
Debra trained with Dr. Bessel van der Kolk’s The Trauma Center in Boston and will share transformational skills for you and your clients. Learn first-hand why organizations as diverse as the U.S. Army and the U.S prison system have embraced yoga as an evidence based approach to treat post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and depression.
Through lecture, experiential exercises, video clips, and case studies, you will leave with the background and tools you need to add trauma-informed yogic interventions to whatever style of therapy you currently practice
Discover how trauma-informed yoga can improve your clinical outcomes!
- Evaluate ways that autonomic nervous system dysregulation contributes to PTSD symptoms.
- Determine symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder which can be decreased through a trauma-sensitive yoga practice.
- Practice trauma-informed chair yoga postures for use in the individual or group psychotherapy session.
- Determine the benefits of bringing yogic deep relaxation into the therapy session.
- Utilize yogic strategies to help reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression in clients.
- Apply applications of chair yoga and three-part deep breathing practices into your clinical work, using scripts and practice sessions.
The Yoga Tradition and Neuropsychology
- Yoga, Patanjali and MIR’s
- The importance of heart rate variability (HRV)
Apply Trauma-Informed Yoga Postures in the Psychotherapy Session for PTSD, Anxiety and Depression
- The Triune Brain: left out of traditional psychotherapy?
- Regulating the brain’s trauma center
- Tracking body sensation and breathing deeply
- A frame of reference from Somatic Psychotherapy
- Neuroplasticity and interpersonal neurobiology
Yoga and the Breath
- The evidence in evidence-based yoga practice
- Yoga and polarities
- Guided script for chair yoga:
- 5 trauma-informed chair yoga postures
- Guiding and integrating the poses into your existing treatment modality (EMDR, Somatic Experiencing, etc.)
- Chair trauma-yoga:
- Tracking body sensation
- Gaining self-mastery
- Increasing self-regulation
- Expanding present-moment awareness
- Experience a chair yoga warm up and posture sequence
Structure of the Embodied Psychotherapy Session or Group
- Respiration and the autonomic nervous system (ANS)
- Breathing techniques to regulate the ANS and calm symptoms of trauma, anxiety and depression
- Experience the three-part deep breath and script
Therapeutic Value of Yoga Nidra (Yogic Sleep)
- Evaluating the client
- Opening the session
- Healing polarities:
- Sympathetic/parasympathetic activation
- Healthy symptoms of trauma discharge
- Key points in making referrals to yoga classes
- The benefits of sleeping while awake
- Varieties of Yoga Nidra
- Guided experience of Satchidananda’s Yoga Nidra
- Discussion of Yoga Nidra script
Case Study Copyright :
- The relaxation response
- Mindfulness meditation: open-focused meditation
- A guided experience of both styles of meditation
- The benefits of meditation in the trauma psychotherapy session
Part 2_Section 1_How Mindfulness and Yoga Can Help Your Clients
Part 2_Section 1_Yoga for Trauma
Part 2_Section 1_Yogic Tradition and Neuropsychology
Part 2_Section 1_Embodied Psychotherapy and Somatic Experiencing
Part 2_Section 2_Yoga and Self-Regulation
Part 2_Section 2_Applying Trauma-Informed Yoga Postures in Your Practice
Bonus: Integrating Yoga Skills in Trauma Treatment: Mind-Body Interventions, Attachment, Mood & Self-Regulation
- Utilize yogic practices as a gentle exposure strategy for addressing emotional numbing, triggering, and the overactivated sympathetic nervous system to improve trauma treatment outcomes.
- Utilize specific contemplative based interventions to improve mood, strengthen emotional regulation, and build secure attachment.
- Apply simple, effective movement and breath strategies to help clients to replace self-limiting beliefs with a focus on values based goals.
- Stages of trauma treatment
- A mind/body model
- Building skills: integrating yoga effectively at each stage
- Emotional regulation through breath, movement, and imagery:
- How yoga builds self-regulation – existing evidence and future directions
- Yogic tools for self-regulation:
- Grounding postures
- Warrior- standing and chair adaptations
- A gradual awakening from numbness
- Sound & movement with breath – The rolling Om
- Create a safe internal haven, resetting from rumination
- Bhramari – enhancing security through breath and mudra
- Pratipaksha bhavana – imaging the opposite
- Reversing cognitive trends through posture
- Titrating exposure to inner sensations
- Individualizing the body scan
- RAIN – four steps for building interoceptive awareness
- Deepening inner resources: establishing a secure attachment to the self:
oAddressing the challenge of developmental trauma
- The neurobiology of attachment ruptures
oReplicating the conditions for secure attachment
oInner resource imagery for grounding and self-regulation
- Postures for establishing secure grounding
- Stemming the backdraft: Applying yogic strategies for self-soothing and self-assurance:
- Opening the heart to hold polarities – Anjali mudra
- So-Hum Meditation with movement – Connecting with the secure self
- Cultivating compassion through yogic approaches
- Evidence linking yoga with compassion
- Compassionate breathing meditation
- A gentle yoga sequence for self-compassion
- Transforming limiting beliefs through focusing on intentions and goals
- A six-step, embodied exploration for releasing limiting beliefs, moving forward with goals
- Challenge the “It’s not going to happen” belief
- Reframe step by step goal progression
- Identify and solidify meaningful goals through a visual meditation
- Mandalas – the science and the application
- Benefits of visual meditations
- Therapist questioning to decode personal symbolism
- Integrating the mandala experience through writing
- Yogic deep relaxation – building the capacity for to reset
- Retraining the sympathetic nervous system through yogic deep relaxation
- How deep relaxation works – the evidence
- Relaxing deeply in fifteen minutes or less