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Yoga Workshop: Trauma - Reconnecting and Healing Through Yoga
Exeter NH USA
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Classical/Hatha Yoga
YogaLife Institute of NH
with Julie Golkowski, MA, PD, LCMHC, CYT Saturday, October 26, 1:00-4:00pm Blue Moon Studio, Exeter, NH

We know that emotional pain can become stored in our bodies long after traumatic episodes and can manifest chronically in a multitude of ways. One response is for the body to maintain an over aroused pattern resulting in anxiety, fear, intrusive memories, and an increased startle response. Physical sensations may include chronic headaches, backaches and stomachaches. In an under aroused system, the body can become numb, fatigued, emotionally shut down, sometimes leading to interpersonal isolation.

Trauma can occur from abuse, accidents, natural disaster and war and can result in post traumatic stress disorder along with other anxiety disorders. Yoga creates an opportunity to reconnect to one's body and heal the dysregulation in the nervous system through breathing, mindfulness practice and yoga poses.

There is a clear physiological response to trauma and an increasing understanding that treatment of trauma must include a somatic intervention. Merely talking about the trauma may not be enough. An important component of healing can be reconnecting to the body as a way to reconnect with emotions.

Yoga has been increasingly seen as an effective treatment for trauma. Currently Yoga classes are being offered all over the country for returning combat veterans who are dealing with posttraumatic stress.

We will explore the variety of yogic practices which have the potential to heal the mind, spirit and body. While asana practices can assist in reconnecting to the body, there may be some poses which can be retraumatizing to certain individuals. This workshop will address some of the practices which can potentially be risky. Additionally, we will explore the risks and benefits of breathing practices and meditation practices for individuals with trauma histories.

In addition to lecture, there will be an experiential opportunity to learn about important modifications in yogic practices to support a safe therapeutic practice for vulnerable populations. We will work on postures and practices which are empowering to those impacted by trauma. These practices can be introduced into traditional therapy interventions to assist in affect regulation, distress tolerance, grounding skills, building a mindfulness practice and reducing anxiety.

This workshop is open to yoga teachers and psychotherapists.

Julie Golkowski, MA, PD, LCMHC, CYT, with over twenty five years of clinical experience serving vulnerable youth and their families, Julie has offered solutions in multiple capacities. She has served as Principal Consultant in a National Consulting Company, Children's Director at a Community Mental Health Center, and Clinical Coordinator in a residential program for youth with histories of trauma, abuse, neglect, and juvenile justice involvement. Julie has been a statewide and national trainer/presenter at conferences covering topics in the fields of resilience, trauma, mentoring, post traumatic stress disorder, suicide prevention/postvention and attachment theory. She has also trained and supervised clinicians in evidenced based practices in mental health.

Julie currently has a private clinical practice in Exeter NH serving children, youth, adults, families and couples. As a comprehensive yoga therapist, she integrates yogic practices into her clinical work with children youth and adults suffering from trauma, anxiety and depression. As an adjunct to more traditional evidenced based therapy models, yoga therapy offers somatically based practices which can offer a comprehensive treatment leading to wellness in mind, body and spirit. She also provides consultation to national and state wide organizations in the delivery of social solutions to vulnerable populations.

Workshop cost: $65 This workshop is eligible for 3 Yoga Alliance CEU's and is also approved for 3 CEU's by the NH NASW for mental health clinicians (please add $10 to the workshop cost).

Email, call 603-969-8968, or visit for more information.

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