Teaching to People in the Room: Putting Trauma Sensitive & Inclusive Yoga Principles into Practice

In this workshop we will learn essential information and skills to make group yoga classes trauma sensitive, inclusive, and more accessible to all.

Course Information

Dates

Friday 6th and Saturday 7th December 2019

10m to 5pm each day.

  • Cost £190
  • Booking Full Details

    Teaching to People in the Room: Putting Trauma Sensitive & Inclusive Yoga Principles into Practice

    Click BOOK NOW to confirm your place. You will be taken to our booking partner’s site to complete the booking. Please look out for your confirmation email. If the course is fully booked click on WAITING LIST to join the wait list.

  • Venue Yogacampus Finsbury Park
  • Location London
  • Eligibility Full Details

    Eligibility

    This workshop is open to all trainee yoga teacher and yoga therapists and qualified yoga teachers and yoga therapists would want to enhance their group class teaching student sensitivity, adaptive teaching capacity, and interpersonal relationship skills.

  • Other Information Full Details

    Other Information

    Maximum participants: 24

    Number of hours: 6

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We practice yoga to help ourselves. We teach yoga to share the benefits we have found with others. Along the way we learn what helps and hurts us, and that what we need can change with our conditions. Teaching others expands our awareness to realise that what we need is sometimes the same, and sometimes different for our students, and that their needs change too.

In order to create a safe environment where our students can experience the benefits of yoga practice we want to share with them, and to create a welcoming environment where students with a variety of needs and conditions can practice together, as teachers we need to continue to expand our awareness of other perspectives, our ability to provide adaptions and modifications, and our receptivity to people whose needs may be both the same and different from our own.

It is now generally recognised that the trauma sensitive teaching principles that were developed to create a safe yoga class environment for people who are known to have experienced trauma in their lives are actually excellent principles to adopt in all yoga classes.

This is true for at least two reasons:

1) many of our students may have experienced trauma and we just don’t know it,

and

2) the principles guide us to be welcoming, respectful, and to empower our students to make choices about what is best for them.

We aspire to be inclusive. More and more classes are called “yoga for all.” Many of us became teachers so we could offer yoga to people who might not otherwise have access to it. And yet we know that there is more to be done in creating welcoming spaces for our diverse community to find its way into our yoga studios and classes. This includes people of all ages, body shapes and sizes, genders, ethnic, racial, religious, and cultural backgrounds, and socio-economic statuses. Inclusive principles raise our awareness of how to reach out and welcome the entire community into our yoga sangha. Accessible yoga principles increase our knowledge and skills about how to adapt the yoga we love to become the love they can do and love.

Becoming more knowledgeable and aware of trauma sensitive, inclusive, and accessible yoga principles is the essential first step. The second step is to become increasingly more comfortable and competent at putting them skilfully into practice. That’s a lot to do in two days, but we will get started.

My favourite Gandhi quote is “_Be the change you want to see in the world_.” One of the oldest definitions of yoga from the Katha Upanishad is “skill in action.”
Raising awareness and putting our knowledge into action is the way we can more skilfully be the change in our yoga community.

In this workshop, we will combine lecture to increase knowledge, discussion to incorporate diverse perspectives, and practice to make it immediately useful in your life.

Topics we will address include:

1. Principles and practices for teaching a trauma sensitive group yoga class
2. Communication options for obtaining consent to touch and adjust
3. Knowing how to keep calm and respond constructively when feelings arise
4. Rituals for connection and learning to let go constructively
5. Resources for guidance and referral – having your own sources to turn to
6. Language and cues to welcome, inform, guide, and invite adaptions and choice
7. Recognising our language habit patterns and unintended consequences
8. Using observation and warm up practices as resources to guide and adapt class planning
9. Clarifying our intention and recognising our attitudes when teaching yoga

Recommended pre-reading for this workshop includes:

1. Moonaz, Steffanie, What’s the Difference between Accessible Yoga and Yoga Therapy?

2. Farhi, Donna, Teaching Yoga: Exploring the Teacher-Student Relationship, Rodmell Press, CA, 2006.

Certification

You will receive a Yogacampus certificate of attendance.

What our students say

Best yoga workshop attended!! Opened new horizons, step change in practice. Very grateful and appreciative of Lisa's knowledge. Laure Camus on Yoga for Anxiety and Depression, October 2016

Course Information

Dates

Friday 6th and Saturday 7th December 2019

10m to 5pm each day.

  • Cost £190
  • Booking Full Details

    Teaching to People in the Room: Putting Trauma Sensitive & Inclusive Yoga Principles into Practice

    Click BOOK NOW to confirm your place. You will be taken to our booking partner’s site to complete the booking. Please look out for your confirmation email. If the course is fully booked click on WAITING LIST to join the wait list.

  • Venue Yogacampus Finsbury Park
  • Location London
  • Eligibility Full Details

    Eligibility

    This workshop is open to all trainee yoga teacher and yoga therapists and qualified yoga teachers and yoga therapists would want to enhance their group class teaching student sensitivity, adaptive teaching capacity, and interpersonal relationship skills.

  • Other Information Full Details

    Other Information

    Maximum participants: 24

    Number of hours: 6

Book Now