Tutor: Loiuse Fortunata
Date: 7th March 2020
Time: 10:00 - 16:00
Many of us may have students who struggle with or avoid breathing practices, can’t seem to relax or even close their eyes during savasana or perhaps become agitated in relaxation or meditation. Possibly you have witnessed fellow yogis become destabilised or distressed in yoga nidra or during intensive retreats. You may even notice that some students appear to tremble excessively when holding postures. These could all be signs of severe anxiety (often called Generalised Anxiety Disorder or Panic Disorder), past trauma (unresolved) or in rarer cases, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Increasingly it seems, anxiety disorders appear more common in general populations and we are likely to have students with one or more of these mental health conditions in our general classes. While we as yoga teachers are often able to aid sufferers of anxiety, panic disorder and (with right training) PTSD through sensitive teaching, we need also to be aware of possible triggers or potentially destabilising practices that may distress our students.
Louise Fortunato, an experienced yoga therapist who specialises in helping those with anxiety and PTSD will lead this new IST day designed to give teachers a greater understanding of the conditions and how we as teachers can help or inadvertently hinder. The IST day is designed to equip teachers to support such students in general classes (where possible) and help teachers spot possible anxiety/trauma related reactions and de-escalate them. Content will be both experiential with focus on safe yoga practice, grounding strategies and aspects of marma and mudra as calming tools, as well as informative. Participants will also learn about the neurobiology of trauma, GAD and PTSD with emphasis on latest neuroscientific research.
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