This course runs Nov. 10th – Dec. 29th. Early Bird Special through Sunday Nov. 8th — Save $50
- Are you looking for some potent and doable ways to powerfully alter your perspective on yourself and reality? Are you interested in looking more closely at the Bhagavad Gita and discovering how neuroscience can enhance your life?
- Feeling stressed or overwhelmed? Wanting to funnel the anxiety and polarization of these times into action and prepare yourself to launch 2021 in your best possible condition?
- Tired of having people tell you the answer is practice and self-care when you aren’t sure those things are really working and you don’t have the time or energy to just keep doing more of them?
- Do you have a sense that the yoga path contains great wisdom, but you’re wondering whether you really have to practice for thousands of lifetimes before it is possible to feel ok and show up as yourself?
- Have you been writing off pleasure, connection, fun and success in your life in favor of joyless spiritual pursuits? Have your practices become a chore? Want to fall in love with your practice again?
This unique course will usher you out of 2020 (bye!) and into 2021 (yay!) with love, strength, insight and support. We will marry the ancient wisdom of non-attachment in one of the most beloved scriptures of all time with the latest breakthroughs in neuroscience and attachment-based techniques proven to resolve trauma. Join me to engage with a nourishing, fulfilling and meaningful practice that will reorient you towards a new year filled with celebration and infinite possibility.
Attachment, what a minefield! Spiritual texts warn us to avoid it if we want to end suffering. Psychologists, on the other hand, doom us to freakishness for life if we haven’t developed it. So is attachment good or bad (or both or neither)? Yes! 🙂 Of course, the word has different meanings in different contexts, and some speak of it with more or less wisdom, compassion and/or skillfulness. At any rate, trying to practice non-attachment or non-dual wisdom without a strong grounding in psychological attachment and relational neuroscience is like inhaling without exhaling–quite tricky! We will rise to the challenge of these times by honing our intelligence and toning our nervous systems.
Batting for the Non-Attachment team we have the Bhagavad Gita. Each session, we will delve into a couple of chapters, emphasizing how to apply the vast array of insightful teachings practically and authentically. This text is a precious guide to recognizing what matters and why we are here. If you would like to follow along with the readings, I will be referring to the brand-new translation with commentary by my teachers, Richard Freeman & Mary Taylor (When Love Comes to Light: Bringing Wisdom from the Bhagavad Gita into Modern Life).
We will also be implementing trauma healing techniques combined with embodied experiments, shamanic drum journeying and creative processes like stream-of-consciousness poetry and doodling to reach into the unconscious and tap into our innate healing mechanisms. Trauma is everywhere. It is not just personal tragedy but pervades families and societies. We now have ample evidence to suggest that many disturbing symptoms that are disruptive to practice and life can be caused by trauma. Luckily, there is also much evidence showing that attachment repair can heal trauma. To do this, we need to immerse ourselves repeatedly in real and/or imaginal experiences of support, nurturance, protection, love & pleasure, so get ready for your best holiday season yet! 😉
We will be using a 3-part meditation for resilience daily that I have developed from evidence-based research and my own experience on my personal healing journey. We will use the skills and resources generated in the Healthy Attachment sessions as well as more traditional forms of mindfulness with trauma-informed modifications.
This course will meet on Zoom 6 Tuesday evenings 6-8pm Denver time. We will not have class the week of Thanksgiving or Christmas. If you cannot make it live, we will miss you, but the class replay will be posted to our dedicated Facebook group within 24 hours so you can catch up.
Tuesday Class Dates: November 10, 17, December 1, 8, 15, 29, 2020
In addition, I will be practicing our special meditation each non-class night for the 7-week duration of the course (including all holidays) live in the Facebook group from 7:45-8:00pm.
I will be posting links and answering questions in the Facebook group, and it will give us a chance to share experiences with each other. You will have access to the group and all of the course materials until Feb. 28, 2021.
With the purchase of this course you may also choose to add private sessions at my most discounted rate!
Jen-Mitsuke Peters has been teaching yoga internationally since 2005 and is a registered psychotherapist, shamanic practitioner and holistic guide in private practice in Denver, CO.
She holds a BA in Neuroscience & Behavior from Columbia University, an MA in Psychology/Neuroplasticity from Princeton University, an MA in Mindfulness-Based Transpersonal Counseling from Naropa University, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Depth Psychology focusing on Integrative Therapies and Healing at Pacifica Graduate Institute.
Jen has practiced with and assisted her principal Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga teachers Richard Freeman & Mary Taylor all over the world for over 2100 hours since meeting them in 2007 and eventually moving to Boulder to teach at their studio. She is also an 800-hour Advanced Certified Jivamukti teacher with extensive training in therapeutic yoga styles and meditation. She currently trains students and teachers in TIAVY (Trauma Informed Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga), a method she has been developing over the past several years.
Her work combines western science, eastern spiritual technology and indigenous wisdom. This eclectic approach arose out of personal necessity in response to her experiences with trauma and chronic illness. Her own healing journey has taken her from an obsession with a distant enlightenment to a passion for life here and now, trusting in the transformative power of compassionate and mutually beneficial relationships on this planet and beyond.
This is a busy time of year. What if I can’t make it to class? I believe this course will actually provide you with relief and feel nourishing. If you have to miss sessions, you can make them up with the replay on the Facebook group. You have until the end of February to digest the course materials.
Are the daily 15-minute meditation sessions mandatory? You do not have to commit to the 15-minute meditation with me each day, however, you will want to plan many 1-minute sessions into your schedule in order to fully benefit from our work transforming the brain and nervous system. Hang a sign to remind you to practice in the bathroom! I highly recommend setting aside 15 minutes to do the meditation at a time that works for you, as many days as you can.
Do I have to keep up with the reading? I will not be summarizing the reading, but instead choosing key passages to chant and highlighting aspects of the work that are not often discussed. We will take a trauma-informed perspective and emphasize themes that help us to get the most from our lives. If you are behind in the reading you will still get something from the class, but obviously, you will get even more from it if you keep up.
I don’t like Facebook. Is there an alternative? You could just come to the Zoom sessions, but you will miss out on a lot, so I strongly advise you to join the Facebook group. This will be our main place for bookmarking announcements, sharing relevant links and talking about our experience. I will be answering questions there regularly, and we will all learn from each other. This will be our little community for our time together.
Feel free to contact me with any other questions or concerns.
What’s it like to take a course with Jen? Testimonials from TIAVY (Trauma Informed Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga) Students
“Jen’s training provided real framework to help identify, work with and trust your inner wisdom. The experience also really helped reinforce how personal empowerment and connection and support from others are inextricably linked. And within that environment, honoring a thoughtful balance between tradition and transparency, framework and freedom, allows deep personal healing and growth to unfold. I’m so thankful to Jen for exploring this fascinating territory.” — Jenny Flatt, Denver, CO
“In a way, life had already shown me that to evolve means to give a true meaning to everything that touches us and everything that we touch. When I went to study with Jen, I did not know exactly what I would find, besides a loving group and a welcoming Jen, but I learned a new way of looking at science-based Yoga, one that shows us that we can be different, question everything, transform, work through fear, leave the comfort zone, and learn to live with the others who are permanently shaping the way we act and relate. With TIAVY, I assure you, Jen, I’ll try to make a difference every day and at every moment. I will change, because we all deserve happiness!” — Rosana Santos, Serra da Cantareira, Brazil, TIAVY-200hr Certified Teacher
“The satsang created in Jen’s Trauma Informed Ashtanga Yoga workshop was a rich, supportive & nourishing container in which I could safely explore what might better serve me, as a teacher & as a student myself. I so appreciate Jen’s curiosity about & deep embodiment of all things yoga & her courage in questioning the teachings she’s received, to not swallow them whole.” — Jaimie Epstein: Writer, Editor, Jivamukti Yoga Teacher, Boulder, CO
“Living in times that so much emphasis (at times obsessively) is placed on the physical practice of yoga, it’s encouraging to know that there are teachers that have studied, and continue to study, so that they may share something of real value, and not something that is all fantasy with unattainable results. We all have experienced some form of trauma, unconscious or conscious. If you feel stuck in your practice (or in life), and are not getting the results that you would expect after years of practice, I can’t recommend studying with Jen-Mitsuke enough! She has a natural gift for creating a safe, open, light, and fun environment for discussing subjects of a sensitive nature often ignored in yoga trainings.” — Reinghard Abarca, Orlando, FL
Read more testimonials here!