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Sept 10 - Matthew L. Vasquez, PhD, LMSW,  University of Northern Iowa 

  • Conceptualize acute trauma to include brain processes, information processing, and the polyvagal system.

  • Identify complex developmental trauma and it's effects on self-sensing systems, mind-body connection, emotional regulation, and dissociation.

  • Navigate the effects of stress and secondary trauma to include the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis, allostatic load, and muscle memory.

  • Discover the therapeutic effects of social interaction in the group practice setting using an attachment/regulation theory perspective.

  • Discuss evidence-based research and the impact of our current research targeting post-trauma symptoms with yoga-based bodily interventions.

Sept 11-12 - Traci M. Ludwig, LISW, ACSW, RYT-200,  MercyOne Behavioral Health

  • Explore the evolution of trauma-responsive yoga and the relevant theoretical underpinnings in neuroscience, attachment theory, and traumatology as it relates to the physiology of stress.

  • Recognize the domains of trauma-responsive yoga to include language, choice-making, interoception, proprioception, shared/authentic experience, and non-force.

  • Articulate the anatomy of trauma-responsive yoga forms and the relationship with breath-work.

  • Ascertain post-trauma symptoms which can be decreased with the potential benefits of trauma-responsive yoga practices.

  • Practice several trauma-responsive yoga forms and scripts to immediately apply in your practice.

  • Learn several resourcing and self-regulation practices that balance the autonomic nervous system by inducing calm and aware states (bee breathing, yoga nidra, alternate nostril breathing); all useful for your own affect regulation and application as a clinician/yoga instructor.

  • Investigate the elements of a trauma-responsive yoga group and potential reimbursement opportunities.

  • Respond to triggers and trouble-shoot the challenges that may arise with trauma-responsive yoga practices and consideration of special populations.

  • Witness "real life" participant experiences from those who have benefited from trauma-responsive yoga practices in their healing journey.



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