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Supporting Students with Severe Anxiety, Panic Disorder or PTSD in a General Class (Part 1)

15th October 2022
at Boreham Wood Village Hall

Supporting Students with Severe Anxiety, Panic Disorder or PTSD in a General Class (Part 1)

Tutor: Louise FORTUNATO

Date: 15th October 2022

Time: 09:00 - 16:00

Location: Boreham Wood Village Hall

Type of Event: CPD

Places Available: 29

Supporting students with severe anxiety, panic disorder or PTSD in a general class (Day 1). 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. 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. Prema Jyoti (Louise Fortunato), an experienced yoga therapist who specialises in helping those with anxiety disorders and PTSD will lead this new CPD day designed to give teachers a greater understanding of the conditions and how we as teachers can help or inadvertently hinder. The CPD 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 and informative with focus on safer more supportive practice in a general class setting.
In case of any cancellation:
1. The event organiser will offer to transfer a person to another event which is on the BWY website.
2. If this is not possible the event organiser will follow the BWY cancellation policy: • Within 2 months of the event a full refund can be made • Between 8 weeks and 4 weeks prior to the event 50% of the fee (a full refund can be made if there is a waiting list for the event) • 1 month to 1 week – 25% of fee paid • 7 days notice no refund.
3. The event organiser will ask the Treasurer to refund the person by BACS – cheque refunds will only be given in exceptional circumstances.



Boreham Wood Village Hall
Main Road
Boreham, Nr Chelmsford


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About Louise FORTUNATO

Louise Fortunato (Prema Jyoti) is a British Wheel of Yoga teacher and Foundation Course leader, Integrated Yoga Therapist and mindfulness teacher. She has taught mindfulness, mainstream yoga and individual yoga therapy for many years and is trained also in marma therapy which she uses primarily in conjunction with her private practice for PTSD and anxiety. Having trained extensively as a yoga therapist for different health issues, her interest in trauma and experience in treating those with PTSD and anxiety stems from neuroscientific research around yoga practices in relation to the effects on the nervous system and changes to brain regions. She is the founder of Lucia’s Light which aims to help those with PTSD or generalised anxiety disorder to use yoga practices safely with targeted marma therapy as part of an integrated approach to move towards better mental and physical health.