Friday May 26 to 28, 2017
TRAINING DESCRIPTION: Traumatic events may lead to isolation and feelings of helplessness. Traumatic stressors can cause symptoms including anxiety and depression, and lead individuals to develop a variety of dysfunctional coping strategies. Research supports the benefits of Yoga as an effective compliment to other traditional therapies in the stabilization and healing of individuals struggling with the aftermath of acute or chronic, prolonged exposure to trauma. By supporting and enhancing the efficacy of other therapeutic interventions, Yoga can contribute to an individual’s long term stability and recovery. Yoga and healthcare professionals can learn to utilize Yoga with groups and individuals in order to safely support them in developing a sense of agency, safe embodiment and to provide them with tools for self-regulation.
Upon completion of this training, participants will have a comprehensive understanding of the underpinnings and application of trauma informed Yoga theories and techniques to support survivors in their healing. Trauma informed Yoga techniques are simple, highly effective and versatile and can be easily integrated into a variety of settings.
- Gain a theoretical and experiential foundation in trauma informed Yoga theory and techniques.
- Understand the therapeutic application of the philosophy and practice of Yoga when working with depression, anxiety, addictions, PTSD and complex trauma.
- Learn how to create safe classes and practices make for trauma survivors that emphasize choice and focus on the importance of internal, felt experience.
- Explore & practice teaching therapeutic breathing and grounding techniques and the physical forms of Yoga.
- Examine & discuss the Koshas (levels of the human being), Kleshas (the cycle of suffering), Yamas & Niyamas (ethics and practices), the Gunas (basic psychological archetypes), Langhana & Brahmana (categories of Yoga practices) as they pertain to trauma experience.
- Investigate the differences and intersections between Western and Eastern perspectives of trauma, the body and disease.
- Consider the dynamics within the therapeutic relationship including the importance of boundaries, self-care, strengths-based and client centered practices.
BIO: Nicole Marcia, MA, C-IAYT, Certified Yoga Therapist, is the founder and director of Fine Balance Yoga. Since 2004 she has taught therapeutic yoga classes and offered individual sessions to trauma survivors struggling with addiction, depression and anxiety, teaching them healthy self-regulation strategies to empower them to live connected and embodied lives. She trains yoga and health care professionals in the trauma-sensitive yoga theory and techniques required to support trauma survivors in their healing, long-term stability and recovery.
In 2009, she was awarded a master’s degree with a specialization in yoga therapy from Lesley University in Boston, MA. From 2008 to 2016 she served as the Director of Therapeutic Yoga Programming for the Provincial Health Services Authority at their Burnaby Centre for Mental Health and Addictions, where she developed and delivered a comprehensive yoga therapy program for in-patient clients in various stages of recovery from mental health and addiction issues.
She currently serves as the director of training at Yoga Outreach, a not-for-profit organization providing volunteer yoga teachers to marginalized populations. In 2010, she completed the Trauma Sensitive Yoga Training with Dave Emerson at the Trauma Center at the Justice Resource Institute in Boston, MA, and a course on teaching yoga in military communities with Warriors at Ease in Silver Spring, MD.
She is a faculty member at Ajna Yoga and the Vancouver School of Yoga and a project coordinator and instructor at Langara College Continuing Studies in addition to being a yoga therapist st Onsite, the treatment arm of North America’s first safe injection site in Vancouver’s downtown eastside.
She is a Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) with the International Association of Yoga Therapists and a member of Bridge for Health and the Breathe Network which connects survivors of sexual violence with healing arts practitioners.