This workshop offers teachers an opportunityto exploring the concepts and methods that underpin trauma sensitive yoga while experiencing parts of the EMBER yoga curriculum. It is intended for yoga teachers, meditation instructors, and practitioners with relevant professional experience who are interested in bringing mindfulness-based tools of proven effectiveness to underserved or at-risk populations.
EMBER (Mindfulness-based Emotional Resilience) is a twelve-week resilience training program geared toward women and men from underserved communities who are rebuilding their lives after trauma. In this weekend workshop, EMBER co-founders Michele Vinbury and Marybeth Hamilton offer an introduction to the curriculum, which they have implemented in prisons, hospitals, and organizations responding to substance abuse, domestic violence, and human trafficking. YOHI’s co-founder Marcia Miller draws on her long experience of teaching traumatized populations to join Michele and Marybeth in the teaching of the psychology of trauma and the principles of trauma-sensitive yoga. Psychiatrist and yoga teacher Lee Shackelford shares relevant aspects of brain anatomy and function to shed light on how yoga can facilitate the integration of traumatic experiences for more healthful everyday functioning in the world.
The weekend training will include:
- An exploration of portions of EMBER’s evidence-based, trauma-informed, culturally-sensitive methodology for working with women in prison, in transition, and in recovery. (This is not an EMBER Trauma Sensitive Yoga Teacher Certification Training - we offer that in a 9-mo 100hr format.)
- Discussion of the foundations of the EMBER curriculum: trauma-sensitive yoga, restorative yoga, pranayama, and mindfulness-based yoga nidra.
- An experience of two EMBER classes
- A review of clinical research on the practical application of mindfulness-based practices for emotional and psychological issues, including PTSD.
- An exploration of the dynamics of creating “safe space” for practice in challenging institutional settings, particularly the singular environment of prison.
- Instruction in specific asana, pranayama and meditation practices that have been proven effective with women and men in challenging settings and circumstances.
- Exploration of student-teacher dynamics, including issues of transference, boundaries, and the importance of teacher self-care
- How to get started: practical strategies for establishing classes in prisons, therapeutic communities, hospitals, detention centers, and rehabilitation facilities.