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Understanding and Confronting Collective Trauma

October 14 @ 12:30 pm - 5:30 pm

with Brooke Corazón

Many yoga classes encourage students to make a connection with their breath and to be present with the physical, mental, and emotional sensations that arise through the practice of yoga postures. Students of yoga are often taught to go toward discomfort with mindful awareness. However, for folks suffering from collective trauma, this discomfort can be overwhelming and even re-traumatizing.

Collective or historical trauma is trauma that happens to large groups of people, often over a long period of time; it can result from colonialism, war, genocide, slavery, incarceration, terrorism, displacement, poverty, and natural or human-made disasters, among others. Collective trauma can be transmitted transgenerationally and across communities, and its impact may be felt by individuals, groups, or entire cultures for years and even generations.

As yoga teachers aiming to teach in diverse communities and environments, it is incumbent upon us to understand the roots of possible collective traumas, lest we undermine our sincere desire to support healing within and among traumatized communities.

This workshop will both empower students with a critical understanding of historical trauma. We will take an engaged look at what the roots and causes of collective trauma are, and also explore how these traumas could be impacting the students in our classrooms and the communities within which we are working.

We’ll examine how we as teachers can create a classroom environment within which all participants can feel safe and nurtured. You will leave with a greater understanding of the complexity of trauma, and tangible tools that will enable you to bring the practices of yoga into communities and settings where collective trauma is present (i.e. juvenile detention centers, prisons, women’s shelters, and more).

About Brooke: A student of yoga since 2003, and teacher since 2009, Brooke Corazón is passionate about the many ways that the teachings of yoga can cultivate personal and collective healing and transformation. Having recently completed her M.A. in Women, Gender, Spirituality & Social Justice, Brooke is constantly working to embody the wise words of profound activist and writer Gloria Anzaldúa: “The personal is political is spiritual.”

Brooke is a student of yoga, of philosophy, and of life. She enjoys filmmaking, writing, and supporting new parents as a postpartum doula. She is devoted to the path of study and practice, and lovingly encourages her students to try new things, to have fun and play hard, and to explore their rough edges. Brooke’s classes are playful, clever, and challenging; they’re athletic, spiritual, and therapeutic.

This elective is part of YGSF’s offerings in our new Trauma-Informed Yoga Teacher Certificate program. For more info, click HERE.

This course provides 5 Elective Contact Hours for YGSF’s 300 Hour Program [5 Yoga Alliance® CEUs].

For more about our 300 Hour Teacher Training CLICK HERE.

Tuition is $120, or $105 if you enroll on or before 9/20.

YGSF Members receive 10% off the regular price of this workshop. Alumni receive 15% off the regular price of this workshop.