Intensive Training Programs | Commencing 2015
January to December 2015
The word ‘trauma’ is used to describe experiences or situations that are emotionally painful and distressing, and that overwhelm people’s ability to cope, leaving them powerless. For some people trauma can occur frequently and become part of the common human experience. In addition to terrifying events such as violence and assault, there are also relatively more subtle and insidious forms of trauma—such as discrimination, racism, oppression, and poverty—which are pervasive and, when experienced chronically, have a cumulative impact that can be fundamentally life-altering.
Trauma when left unresolved, has severe negative effects on one’s life. Hence it needs to be addressed in a respectful and careful manner. The impact of trauma pervades all the different layers of our human structure. It also needs a heartful approach that fully understands the complexity of its origin, impact and constant presence in daily life, so that tangible solutions can be found to slowly change its influence on the care seeker.
The approach of Yoga Therapy has understood trauma (paritäpa) and has explored it in great detail. Hence Yoga Therapy provides an excellent way of addressing this need, as its approach is holistic and individual centric. Yoga Therapy offers potent solutions that need to be implemented in an individualized and context sensitive manner. The approach of Yoga is sensible as it allows each individual to engage with varied tools that can slowly change the momentum of our lives.This integrative and holistic approach is becoming very popular in the modern era, and is not only being embraced by care seekers, but also it is being accepted by different health care providers.
This online intensive training will explore in detail the mind-body approach of Yoga Therapy in understanding and dealing with trauma. Participating trainees will learn many topics related to this theme including - how to understand trauma, what are the kinds of trauma, how does Yoga Therapy understand it, the challenges in trauma care, the tools of Yoga that can be useful, the application of these tools in a respectful and individual manner etc. The training program will present previously unknown material on these very subtle concepts of Yoga and how to apply them carefully in practice. Places are limited for this course, so kindly register early.
A part of the training cost collected will be donated to social organisations working to help trauma victims. So your participation will support a good cause.
January to December 2015
Yoga has long supported the empowerment of women, and has in place very specific practices to support women in every stage of their lives. Women were considered to have a special right to practice Yoga as they not only were the givers of life, but were also the primary source of nourishment for mankind and the environment. Yoga also understood that a woman’s body and mind goes through various transitions throughout her life. Hence it requires very specific care that embraces these changes in a respectful manner through every stage of life.
Women experience specific circumstances such as pregnancy and menopause, and are predisposed to certain illnesses like Breast Cancer, Osteoporosis, Menstrual difficulties, Hormonal imbalances etc. Modern life also brings its own set of challenges that create imbalances in a woman’s health thus leading to various new illnesses that require attention. It is for such reasons that both Yoga and Ayurveda offer special emphasis on the nourishment and wellbeing of women. Yogacaryas like T Krishnamacharya, made integrated this knowledge and offered potent and powerful practices including Asana, Pranayama, Mantra, Mudra, Bandhas and Dhyanam to suit these circumstances. A deep immersion in the diverse practices of Yoga and its application for women is essential for every Yoga Teacher, Yoga Therapist and even a Yoga Student.
This online program provides a platform for serious practitioners to explore this topic in depth. The program will last for twelve months with one meeting each month. Each meeting will last approximately two hours with a break of ten minutes included. In the meetings we shall explore these themes in detail, and how to utilise the diverse tools of yoga to assist in such circumstances. Detailed handouts will be provided prior to each session that will support the learning experience.