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Yoga for Survivors of Sexual Abuse

August 19, 2018 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

When we look at the word yoga, we can understand it as both a goal (yoga is union), and the process by which we can reach that goal (yoga is a practice). Throughout our lives, as we engage with the teachings of yoga, our lives are influenced by our practice; so too, our practice is influenced by our lives.

The experiences that we go through in life will often cause us to re-examine and perhaps even shift what our “yoga practice” looks like. This is certainly true for survivors of sexual abuse.

What might a yoga practice for survivors of sexual abuse look like? How might the practice shift and change when we’re looking to support folks who have had traumatic sexual experiences?

In this three hour workshop, we will look at the answers to these questions and more, including:

• Potential symptoms of sexual trauma and how yoga can help
• Teaching to a group or within a community of survivors
• Teaching with sensitivity in your everyday studio classes; classroom power dynamics; and language and cueing in yoga postures.

Yoga provides an accessible, personalized practice that can enable survivors of sexual abuse to safely process sensations through multiple, ongoing stages of healing. Healing after sexual abuse requires intentionality, consistency, and tremendous patience. Like yoga, healing is nonlinear and often lifelong—there will be breakthroughs and there will be setbacks.

In the same way that we would modify our practice to facilitate healing from a torn hamstring or vertebral disc injury, so too can one work with injuries to one’s sexual health and psycho-spiritual wellbeing.

An intentional yoga practice gives practitioners who have experienced sexual trauma the ability to explore sensation in a self-directed way and incrementally regain a sense of comfort and ease within their own shape. This serves as a tangible reminder of their innate resilience.

This workshop will empower you with the tools you need to meet your students where they are with greater awareness, sensitivity, and compassion. It will enable you to teach survivors of sexual abuse how the practices of yoga can help them establish safety and resource in their bodies in a way that feels authentic and manageable.

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 course provides 3 Elective Contact Hours for YGSF’s 300 Hour Program [3 Yoga Alliance® CEUs].

For more about our 300 Hour Teacher Training CLICK HERE.

***This elective is part of YGSF’s offerings in our new Trauma-Informed Yoga Teacher Certificate program..***

Tuition is $65, or $55 if you enroll on or before 8/5.

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