Integrating Body, Breath & Movement within our Therapeutic Relationships using the tools of Trauma Sensitive Yoga – 2 Day Workshop
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Integrating Body, Breath & Movement within our Therapeutic Relationships using the tools of Trauma Sensitive Yoga – 2 Day Workshop

A 2 day weekend workshop for health professionals, mental health workers and yoga teachers with an interest in making their current practice and classes more trauma informed

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A 2-day workshop for health professionals, mental health workers and yoga teachers with a keen interest in making their current clinical practice more trauma informed whilst gaining confidence and practical skills to take back to their practise to integrate the body, breath and movement when working with anxiety, depression & trauma.

On completion of this 2-day workshop you will gain an understanding of the core concepts of working with the body, breath and movement in therapy, focussing on anxiety, depression & trauma.   You will also gain practical tools to integrate into your current clinical or therapeutic practice focusing on the body and movement.  These tools are trauma informed, including, Trauma Sensitive Yoga, which is a proven treatment for survivors of trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) offering effective healing and symptom reduction, it is a clinically validated method of yoga researched by Bessel van der Kolk in the USA. Trauma sensitive yoga has foundations in Trauma Theory, Attachment Theory, Neuroscience and Hatha Yoga with an emphasis on mind body connection, breathing and movement.   You will leave with a deep understanding of the importance of Science in relation to bringing the body, breath and movement into therapy including Neuroscience, the Autonomic Nervous System and Poly Vagal Theory.

During this 2-day workshop we will explore:

Integrating Body, Breath and Movement within our Therapeutic Relationships 

Key aspects of psychoanalytic understanding of the relationship with mind and body

  • The history of the Body in both science and therapy exploring the work and research of Freud, Wilhelm Reich, Laura & Fritz Pearls (founders of Gestalt therapy) , Eric Berne, Patruska Clarkson, Babette Rothschild, Bessel van der Kolk, Pat Ogden, Nick Totton, Robert Shaw, Daniel Stern, Peter Levine, Stephen Porges, Allan Schore and Danielle Siegel.

The competing forces of the Mind Body connection in a clinical environment in 2020

Countertransference within the therapeutic relationship: Two bodies in the room

“One patient evoked wildcat sensations in my own body …
a wildcat countertransference & an unfamiliar body experience”   Susie Orbach

The Power of the Breath & Movement in healing

“Every muscular rigidity contains the history and meaning of its origin…
the spasm of the muscle is a somatic side of the process of repression”  Wilhelm Reich

The Power of Science when working clinically with the Mind & Body

  • Autonomic Nervous System & Heart Rate Variability: How movement, the breath and yoga help us return to our window of tolerance
  • Neuroscience: The science behind the “WHY” yoga makes us feel good
  • Polyvagal Theory: Why the Vagus Nerve has startling implications for the treatment of anxiety, depression & trauma

An Introduction to Trauma Sensitive Yoga?

“The single most important issues for traumatized people is to find a sense of
safety in their own bodies”
                                           Dr. Bessel van der Kolk

Click here to watch a video featuring Bessel van der Kolk on Interoception & Yoga

Empowering Language when working with Body, Breath and Movement in Therapy

 The 4 Therapeutic Goals of Trauma Sensitive Yoga

  • Practising Making Choices
  • Present Moment Experience Safety:  Understanding what may feel unsafe in a regular yoga class
  • Creating Rhythms
  • Taking Effective Action

“is there something you can do now to make yourself feel more comfortable?” …
“And all of the students stood up and moved their mats, checked the windows, doors and changed the lighting, wow, this would never happen in a regular yoga class, brilliant!”
   Lorna Evans TSY Teacher

Theoretical Underpinnings of Trauma Sensitive Yoga

  • Trauma Theory: Focus on anxiety, depression & trauma
  • Attachment Theory: When working with anxiety, depression & trauma
  • Hatha Yoga: What type of Yoga is the root of TSY
  • Neuroscience:  The science of why yoga feels good

Ethics & Safety implications when working with Body, Breath and Movement in our therapy rooms

Tools for Healing: The future for working with Body, Breath and Movement as tools in therapy 

Learning outcomes for attendees:

  • An understanding of the scientific and clinical research findings supporting working with the body, breath, movement. Specifically, benefits for anxiety, depression, trauma, positive mental health and self-care
  • Practical tools for therapy room when working with anxiety, depression, trauma and positive mental health and self-care
  • Accessible resources: Reading list, Audio and Online practices for many trauma informed methods

Physical Practise

Attendees will have extensive opportunity to experience and practise trauma informed tools working with the body, breath and movement, including Trauma Sensitive Yoga, to “get it in the muscle” and integrate these new tools within their practise.

Equipment & Experience: 

No yoga experience is required to attend this workshop, just an interest in yoga and the body.   On the day of the workshop do wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat and blanket. You have choice to practise seated or on a mat, adjustments are always given.
Spare yoga mats will be available on the day for you to use.

This workshop will be delivered over 2 days and will provide 11 hours of CPD.   Course hours will be:

9.30 am – 4.00 pm – Saturday 6th February 2021
10.00 am – 4.00 pm – Sunday 7th February 2021

Note:  delegates must complete both days of the course.   There is not an option to attend one day only.

Your trainer:

Lorna Evans is an integrative Psychotherapist registered with UKCP & BACP, holding an MSc in Body Awareness & Psychotherapy and PGDip in Integrative Psychotherapy.   Lorna has been practising yoga for over 25 years and has taught yoga across the world since 2006.  Lorna has trained with Bessel van der Kolk’s Trauma Centre and is working with David Emmerson, Author of Overcoming Trauma Through Yoga & Trauma-Sensitive Yoga in Therapy: Bringing the Body into Treatment.  Lorna proudly teaches Trauma Sensitive Yoga at the NHS Recovery College, Mind and many other trauma survivor groups across the UK.

This workshop is not designed to qualify participants to be a trauma informed or sensitive yoga teacher, yoga teacher, yoga therapist, mindfulness instructor, Psychotherapist, Counsellor or trauma therapist. Instead, the workshop seeks to provide knowledge and skills to enhance the existing skills of therapists or yoga teachers within their existing scope of practice. Further training and support via supervision or personal therapy is always recommended when integrating new approaches into one’s existing work.

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Please note, our training room is on the first floor and is accessed by stairs.     If you have any special requirements, or if you need to advise us of anything before booking or attending the training, then please contact us.


Jesmond Therapy Centre, Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
7 Holly Avenue West, Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear NE2 2AR United Kingdom
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0191 281 2167

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