Traumatic events happen to everyone and can range from a distressing childhood to singular, painful disruptive events (i.e. difficult child delivery, loss of a loved one, divorce, etc.). Such common events can result in isolation and feelings of helplessness. Traumatic stressors can result in chronic pain, disordered eating, addiction, insomnia, anxiety and depression.
Trauma-informed yoga can help by introducing better coping skills and helping to connect to the present moment in a safe and empowering way. This highly interactive 2 hour lecture is for anyone who wants to understand more about traumatic experience and how yoga can help.
- Gain a theoretical and experiential foundation in trauma informed Yoga theory and techniques.
- Understand the therapeutic application of the philosophy and practice of Yoga when working with depression, anxiety, addictions, PTSD and complex trauma.
- Explore & practice therapeutic breathing and grounding techniques and some of the physical forms of Yoga.
Nicole Marcia, MA, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500 has taught therapeutic yoga classes and offered individual sessions to trauma survivors since 2004. She trains yoga and healthcare professionals in the trauma-informed yoga theory and techniques required to support trauma survivors in their healing, long-term stability and recovery.
In 2009, she was awarded a master’s degree with a specialization in yoga therapy from Lesley University in Boston, MA. Since then, she has been employed by the Provincial Health Services Association at their Burnaby Centre for Mental Health and Addictions. She serves as the director of training at Yoga Outreach, is a faculty member at Ajna Yoga and the Vancouver School of Yoga and is an instructor and project coordinator in the Langara College Continuing Studies Yoga Teacher Training Program.
She teaches at Onsite, the treatment arm of North America’s first safe injection site in Vancouver’s downtown eastside and is a member of Bridge for Health and the Breathe Network which connects survivors of sexual violence with healing arts practitioners. www.finebalanceyoga.ca
Free, but seating is limited. Programs with low enrollment may be cancelled, so please register by phone at: 604-299-8955, or online.
If you cannot attend the program, please contact the Library so someone else can have your spot. Thank you.