Yoga for Emotional Trauma and Eating Disorders

This 3-day training is designed to facilitate personal growth and to enhance existing yoga teaching and yoga therapy skills on the topics of eating disorders and emotional trauma. All people of all ages can experience trauma and eating disorders, and this experiential workshop will offer yoga practices for people experiencing the after effects of emotional trauma and eating disorders that can help manage, decrease, and transform existing symptoms.

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Eating disorders and the experience of trauma often disconnect us from our bodies. Yoga provides the perfect empowering, re-embodying, compassionate antidote we need to re-establish positive, self-care relationships with our selves.

As a culture, we have increasingly begun to acknowledge the impact of disordered eating and body image on our lives, and to acknowledge that the experience of trauma lives on in our bodies. At the same time, the number of people practicing yoga has grown tremendously. At a time when we need a way to heal our conflictual relationship with self-care, and bring self-compassion to our action and interactions, yoga provides what we need at every level involved in the transformation of our self-identity. We’ll apply to the tools of yoga practice to creating more awareness, acceptance, and skilful change in our self-relationships.

Topics that will be covered during the training:

• Understanding and positively influencing the autonomic nervous system (ANS) that underlies symptoms of anxiety and trauma, pranamaya kosha.

• Reconnecting with inner wisdom and guidance, and distinguishing it from the self-critical voice, vijnamaya kosha.

• Practices to integrate and regulate wisdom and energy toward greater self-acceptance, and to re-direct the power of will and determination toward life affirming action.

• Yoga concepts than inform practice element choices.

By attending this training, you can expect to gain the following:

• We are not alone: practicing in community with other yogis who have also experienced disordered eating and trauma builds connections and enduring feelings of support.

• Yoga can help us feel more comfortable in our own minds as well as bodies: we can be present, mindful, and experience ourselves in ways that recognise thoughts and emotions without having to avoid or be consumed by them, including the thoughts and symptoms that seem beyond our control.

• “The issues live in our tissues” – the body holds and reveals what the mind tries to conceal. Yoga practice can be misused as another way to loose weight, punish and control our bodies, and distract from what we are feeling. We’ll address the yoga concepts and language cues that can perpetuate our self-injurious behaviours and provide alternatives.

• Language is powerful: we’ll experience re-directing our minds to desired objects of attention, and ways to self-guide, adapt, and teach that create safe space for practice.

Themes for each day:

Physical and physiological symptoms common to disordered eating and experience of trauma and practices to re-set physiological reactivity.

Inner voices and our relationship to self. Drawing on yoga philosophy and concepts that support acceptance and change.

Connecting to an integrated practice that can become a sustained source of support.

Suggested itinerary for each day:

9:30 Introduction and overview
10:00 Practice
11:30 Tea break
11:45 Lecture and practice
13:00 Lunch break
14:00 Guided relaxation to digest
14:30 Lecture and practice
15:45 Tea break
16:00 Integrated practice and practice guidance
17:30 Closing


You will receive an electronic Certificate of Completion eligible for 18 Hours of CPD points upon attendance of all 3 days.

What our students say

I really enjoyed the course. The content, the way it was delivered, and the practical practices. What surprised me was the profound and deep effect it had on me as a person. In some of the practices I experienced something I never did [before]. Yogacampus Student on Yoga for Anxiety and Depression, October 2016

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