I will be offering this training for experienced vinyasa practitioners and teachers Friday-Sunday, January 31-February 2, 2020 at my home studio in Denver. This training will be limited to 12 students. A 5-day Advanced TIAVY Immersion will follow (February 3-7) for those interested. Registration is now open with Early Bird until January 8th!
Awaken the healing potential of your practice by combining ancient wisdom with modern neuroscience & psychotherapy.
I’m thrilled to be offering this training for a third time as a synthesis of my counseling MA project, my extensive background in neuroscience, 15 years of yoga teaching experience, and my own journey getting the most out of spiritual practices despite trauma and chronic illness. This is an all-level workshop meant for Ashtangis looking to practice smart. (Please note, in April I will also be offering a 15-hour training for therapists and healers looking to better serve their clients and 5-day Fundamentals Immersion, in case you are not very familiar with Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga.)
Leading psychologists and neuroscientists agree that nearly all of us (whether we recognize it or not) are living with at least some degree of trauma, a condition stemming from overwhelm that has been linked to both distress and disease. Fortunately, yoga interventions based on cutting-edge clinical treatments have been shown to significantly reduce symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (Price et al., 2017), and as trauma resolves, people often find a redoubled sense of vitality and purpose. As Ashtanga yoga practitioners, we have a potent set of techniques at our fingertips, but unless we inquire deeply into the theories, attitudes and interpersonal interactions surrounding these practices, we are not likely to reap maximal benefit from our daily efforts, especially when trauma is present.
In this workshop, we will explore key concepts in trauma healing and examine how we can immediately apply them to our practice. We will consider how the practice environment and student-teacher relationships exert a tremendous impact on the nervous system. We will study the fundamental features of trauma physiology and gain awareness of how our intentions and actions may be perpetuating or alleviating trauma in ourselves and others. Most exciting of all, we will investigate where Ashtanga technologies (such as bandha, mudra and chanting) fit in alongside some of the most ground-breaking trauma theories available.
This workshop is best suited for curious vinyasa yoga practitioners and teachers with any level of experience and proficiency. All asana work will be gentle and adaptable to individual circumstance. Although sharing will never be forced, there will be opportunities to engage in partner exercises and group discussion. Please note that this training is not intended to treat trauma, nor are participants encouraged to work outside of their professional Scope of Practice. Resolution of severe trauma may require a multifaceted approach, a pivotal part of which may be a careful yoga practice.
JEN-MITSUKE PETERS 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 Practices at Pacifica Graduate Institute. She has practiced with and assisted her principal Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga teachers Richard Freeman & Mary Taylor for over 2100 hours in addition to training extensively in other yoga styles and meditation. Her own personal experiences with emotional, sexual and spiritual abuse as well as chronic illness have awakened both her passion for healing and her deep trust in the transformative power of compassionate and mutually beneficial relationships. She has been teaching yoga internationally since 2005 and is a registered psychotherapist and coach in private practice in Denver, CO. Full Bio
Schedule for the Weekend
Location is near Water World at 84th & Pecos in Denver
Saturday– 10am-1pm, 2:30pm-6:00pm
Sunday– 10am-1pm, 2:30pm-6:00pm
Each session will include a mix of theory, practice/experiential and discussion. Check out Testimonials for an idea of what students gained during a similar training last year.
Investment: $325 (Early bird $280 if paid in full by January 8th!). January Soulful Morning Sadhana members get an additional 20% off!