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Friday, March 10 • 8:00am - 12:00pm
Yoga for PTSD, immersion for Yoga Teachers and Service Providers "Traumatic Stress: Resiliency and Healing with Yoga"

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The carefully selected faculty and comprehensive courses in the SYF Gives Back training aim to provide: the latest in scientific research and support for alternative modalities in healing; specific practical techniques of yoga, pranayama and meditation and an understanding of why and how they work in relation to trauma and the nervous system; a comprehensive overview of complex trauma, PTSD, and TBI; break out sessions with practitioners working in specific populations (veterans, first responders, survivors of abuse/war/crisis, caregivers, injured athletes, etc) to help guide you to a deeper understanding of how to apply these universal healing modalities to the specific community you intend to serve. In providing these trainings over the years we have realized that it is the same YOGA that benefits everyone, and that trauma works in the body in a consistent way. These universal principles may be applied to each unique individual through the care of the teacher. We want to give teachers the tools to take these skillful means to heal their communities throughout the world.

8am-4pm Thursday, March 9th. 8am-12pm Friday, Saturday, and Sunday March 10-12 with up to 20 CEUs

Heart of Yoga: The Promise of Healing - Mark Whitwell

iRest Yoga Nidra for Trauma - Molly Birkholm
There are many reasons iRest Yoga Nidra is being broadly used in communities with high rates of trauma, including the military, homeless, human trafficking survivors, refugees, hospitals, and first responder populations. Clinical research is providing valuable insights into how these practices can be highly effective with insomnia, chronic pain, depression, and anxiety. iRest is a secular, trauma-sensitive form of Yoga Nidra guided meditation. Many elements of it can be used not just in the practice, but also in 1-on-1 private sessions and in daily life. The session will include a short opening iRest, a lecture and discussion on the essential elements of iRest Yoga Nidra, a 1-on-1 co-meditation experience, as well as a deep 1 hour iRest Yoga Nidra experience.

Serving Yourself & Serving Others - Gina Garcia
When we talk about serving others, we rarely talk about serving ourselves.  We teach, we reach out, we share, we give, we serve and yet we don’t make it a priority to take care of ourselves. This workshop is one of the most important elements to doing this service work. Because when we serve ourselves, we serve others. You’ll learn tools and practices to keep you inspired and energized in your journey of teaching. No more burn out and fatigue.  It’s time to take a new approach and prepare yourself for doing this work for a life time. 

#unstoppable Trauma Sensitive Training - Yoga Tools & Practices - Gina Garcia
We all come from different walks of life and along the way we all experience trauma and challenges.  With the #unstoppable tool kit and training you will learn how to be resilient and unstoppable when you encounter challenges or perceived setbacks. This training showcases how to use the #unstoppable toolkit which is rooted in the Baptiste Methodology.  The tools include asana, meditation, breathing techniques, relaxation techniques and self inquiry and how you use them to be more resilient and unstoppable.  Through an embodied experience of these tools in your own practice and in your life, you will learn how to share these tools with others.

Taming the Komoto Dragon Within:  When talking about a problem won't work.  - Suzanne Connolly  
Find out more about the inner workings of the most primitive parts of our brains and how to remap this difficult to reach neural connections. You actually have many brains in one and they all perform different duties. While they all have important functions, there are primitive parts of the brain that sometimes outlive their usefulness. We usually think, for instance of Post Traumatic Stress as something that is deep-seated and resistant to change. Yet, when you understand how trauma is stored and how to connect with that part of the brain with mind-body approaches, the road to recovery is often surprisingly easy. 

Enhance your Yoga Sessions using Tapping: An Introduction to Thought Field Therapy  - Suzanne Connolly
The evidence based original tapping technique that is changing the world one heart at a time.Learn the basics of Thought Field Therapy, a proven, highly-­effective, non-­invasive brief therapy technique that was developed and refined over the last 35 years by the late psychologist, Dr. Roger Callahan and his wife Joanne Callahan. TFT utilizes a sequence of self‐tapping to stimulate specific acupuncture points while recalling a traumatic event or cue. It facilitates the relaxation response while the person experiencing exposure to the problem by simply thinking about the problem. The improvement is almost always relatively quick and, in most cases, long-­lasting. The National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) a searchable online database of mental health and substance abuse interventions (a service of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Agency (SAMHSA) within the federal Department of Health and Human Service) has listed Thought Field Therapy as an effective evidence-based practice for improving personal resilience/self-concept, for improving self-regulation, and for reducing trauma-and stressor-related disorders and symptoms. They have also listed Thought Field Therapy as promising, for reducing depression and depressive symptoms; for improving general functioning and wellbeing; for reducing phobia, panic, and generalized anxiety disorders and symptoms; and for reducing unspecified and other mental health disorders and symptoms. http://nrepp.samhsa.gov/ProgramProfile.aspx?id=60#hide1  

FOR PROFESSIONALS: As a therapist or health practitioner, you’ll invite your client to identify a problematic thought or memory that they wish to heal. This could be an anxiety, a past trauma, anger, feelings of guilt, shame or embarrassment, addictive urges, or even physical pain. Then, typically, they’ll watch that disturbance, addictive urges or pain diminish as you instruct them to tap on certain areas of the face and hands in a specific order. Even the most skeptical clients usually report that TFT reduces the intensity of their unwanted feelings. While no therapist can offer a guarantee; clients typically cannot get back the original feeling of upset, even if they try. Addictive urges and physical pain require the person to self‐treat between appointments. Thousands of psychotherapists, medical doctors, nurses and others in the caring professions around the world use Thought Field Therapy as a complimentary alternative technique to help others in need. 

FOR YOGA Professionals: TFT can help your clients release the unwanted feelings, negative patterns and emotional burdens that they carry with themselves day to day. It’s a simple tapping technique that they can use anywhere, anytime, whenever they need to. While the process is simple, their body and their mind will work together in a highly sophisticated way to eradicate the core of the feelings that get in the way of living a full, rich and satisfying life. Traumas, guilt, fears, shame, anxiety and depression are a few of the most common reasons people use TFT. Numerous scientific studies have proven its effectiveness around the globe. Whether you want to use TFT for yourself or you want to integrate it into your yoga practice you will take away a tool that will likely have life to change effects.

Trauma in the Second Degree: Intergenerational PTSD Within Military and Veteran Families - Pamela Stokes Eggleston
Yoga and meditation offers several practices for healing and transformation. With military and veteran families, these tools can uniquely aid in easing stress, burnout and fatigue. Additionally, understanding the nuances of secondary PTSD and intergenerational trauma is important to working with veteran and military families. Many military and veteran families are depleted due to multiple deployments and PCS moves. In this workshop, Pam will speak to her experience as a military family member and wounded warrior caregiver and weave it in with the science backing secondary and intergenerational PTSD.

Breathing Through Emotions - Essie Titus
This session will include multiple breathing techniques coincided with mindful movement. Encouraging participant to establish a daily routine of breath awareness and turning toward balance. We will identify specific coping mechanisms and the potential to disassociate that create obstacles on our path. Often times we lack the dialogue and tools to fully express ourselves. Specific practice for specific feelings such as anger, grief, sadness, fear, anxiety, and depression. This session has been designed to support a routine of asana, pranayama, systematic relaxation, mantra, and meditation for an internal feeling of comfort and safety regardless of external circumstances.

Myofascial Release - taking yoga healing to the next dimension - Lori Zeltwanger
Myofascial Release & yoga are both powerful avenues for realignment and activation of your fascial system. Myofascial Release utilizes a gentle hands on pressure into tissue restrictions an…

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Molly Birkholm

co-founder, Warriors at Ease
Molly Birkholm is a recognized leader in trauma sensitive yoga and meditation.  She is the co-founder and Executive Director of Warriors at Ease, an organization that builds yoga and meditation programs in military communities.  Molly is a long-term partner with the Department of Defense on PTSD treatment and prevention programs.  She also serves as the Director of Yoga Programming and Yoga Therapy for the Sivananda Yoga... Read More →
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Suzanne Connolly

Suzanne Connolly is a licensed as a Clinical Social Worker, Marriage and Family Therapist, and Substance Abuse Counselor. Suzanne currently serves on the board of the Association of Energy Psychology (ACEP) and formerly served on the Board of the TFT Foundation. She has participated in three research studies in Rwanda, which have been published in peer-reviewed journals. Suzanne serves as an advisor to Japan Association for TFT (JATFT). She has... Read More →
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Pamela Stokes Eggleston

CEO, Yoga2Sleep, LLC
A certified yoga instructor and yoga therapist, Pamela has practiced yoga for 15 years and completed specialized training to include certifications in plant-based nutrition, stress management, prenatal yoga and yoga for trauma in veterans and the military: empirically- and evidenced-based yoga therapy programs, to work with service members, veterans with combat trauma and PTSD, and their families. She is the founder of Yoga2Sleep, an... Read More →
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Gina Garcia

Yoga Teacher; Mother; Writer, Yoga Across America Founder; Baptiste Foundation Board
Gina Garcia stumbled upon yoga 20 years ago, when a scheduled step aerobics class was switched to a beginning yoga class. | | She spent a large part of her life sharing the news of the day as a journalist, for KCRA-TV in Sacramento, and as the Capitol Correspondent for KTTV-TV in Los Angeles. Not long after giving birth to her third son, she decided to choose a path that would allow her to bring more grace to her family life, and to those... Read More →
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Essie Titus

Firefighter / EMT / Yoga Teacher, Kansas City Fire Department
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Mark Whitwell

Founder, Heart of Yoga
Mark Whitwell has enjoyed a life long relationship with the teachings of Professor T. Krishnamacharya "the teacher of the teachers," notably BKS Iyengar, K. Pattabhi Jois and T.K.V. Desikachar. Having studied since 1973 in the home of Krishnamacharya Mark is committed to communicating the timeless yoga principals with compassion and clarity. Yoga is every person’s direct intimacy with reality, which is an entirely abundant, regenerating and... Read More →
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Lori Zeltwanger

Owner and Physical Therapist, Myofascial Mastery Academy and Advanced Release Therapy
Lori is a licensed physical therapist, best selling author, featured representative on TV as women's health advocate and owner of Advanced Release Therapy and Pelvis Wellness Therapy specializing for over 25 years in Myofascial Release from a total body/mind/spirit perspective. | | Lori also founded the Myofascial Mastery Academy providing inspiring seminars & retreats on how to both treat and receive Myofascial Release for all types of... Read More →

Friday March 10, 2017 8:00am - 12:00pm
Canyon Ballroom A

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