Have you noticed that no matter how many times we chant om, or how often we return to the breath, relationship difficulties, anxiety, depression, and self-esteem issues persist? By learning to use our yoga practice to work with psychological issues and trauma stored in the body, not only can we optimize our yoga practice, but also actively move into our full potential. During this workshop, new and experienced yoga students and teachers can learn how to skillfully address psychological challenges. Health professionals and those interested in psychology can discover how to use yoga in their personal lives and private practices.
Through a combination of depth somatic psychology, trauma research insights, light yoga asana (physical postures), meditative practices, and partner exercises, participants will be shown:
• Why psychological work is relevant to yoga practice
• Somatic psychotherapy methods that help us perceive and intelligently process trauma and emotion in the body
• How to conduct "emotional adjustments" during yoga practice
• How to cultivate self-love and self-acceptance for all parts of ourselves
No previous yoga or psychology experience is necessary to benefit from this workshop. Please bring a yoga mat.
Required reading: Caplan, Eyes Wide Open: Cultivating Discernment on the Spiritual Path.
Recommended reading: Cope, Yoga and the Quest for the True Self; Levine, Waking the Tiger.