8-week Weekly, Live, Zoom

Integrating Yoga with Polyvagal Theory: An Adjunct Treatment for PTSD, Depression, and Anxiety.
23 CEs. 

Based on Joann's new book, Trauma Healing in the Yoga Zone

This course provides a clinical foundation for integrating trauma-sensitive yoga with polyvagal theory,  neuroscience research, and somatic psychotherapy, to improve mental health outcomes. The teachings are appropriate for healthcare  and yoga professionals and coaches, as well as the general public. 

This is an 8-week, live, online zoom course which includes a 2-hour weekly class, plus a weekly practicum with a partner, at your convenience. The teachings are appropriate for healthcare and yoga professionals and coaches, as well as the general public.


"All I can say is, it is truly a gift you are offering us. I can honestly say that your information, when communicated via Zoom, is professional, calm, and packed with everything we signed up for and more." C.R., Australia


*Integrate the neuroscience advances, such as Polyvagal Theory, interpersonal neurobiology, and neuroplasticity, into your work and life.
*Learn to teach a nervous-system informed, trauma-sensitive chair yoga sequence.
*Offer the benefits of the yogic 3-part deep breath, alternate nostril breathing, brahmari, the bee breath, and padadhirasana, the breath balancing pose, to your students/clients. 
* Learn to administer the four stages of a trauma-sensitive yoga deep relaxation, the yogic sleep.
*Master Keying your interventions to your students/ clients' current nervous system state.

23 CEs will be available to Yoga Therapists, Internationally; U.S. Psychologists, Social Workers, and Health and Wellness Coaches, and in California, to LCSW, LPCC (LICENSED CLINICAL PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS), LEP (LICENSED EDUCATIONAL PROFESSIONAL), LMFT PRACTITIONERS, AND LICENSED NURSES.

Course includes class recordings and a private Facebook page for Joann's students, for networking and ongoing learning. Please email Joann with any questions: [email protected]

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At the end of the program, you will be better able to:

Discuss 2 ways that somatic approaches increase the effectiveness of psychotherapy.

Describe three benefits of mat and chair-based hatha yoga poses for psychotherapy clients.

Describe three components of autonomic nervous system dysregulation.

Describe three anatomical landmarks through which the vagus nerve runs in the body.

Describe three major tenets of classical yoga.

Apply three principles of trauma-healing in teaching trauma-sensitive chair yoga.

Describe three behaviors in the therapy office that could impact clients' neuroception of safety.

Explain the basic three-part deep breath as a psychological intervention in the trauma therapy session.

Describe the difference between "top-down" and "bottom-up" precessing.

Use the appropriate yogic breathing technique for a traumatized client in a psychotherapy session.

Use two new skills in bringing breathing practices into the psychotherapy session.

Describe two physiological underpinnings of yoga nidra (deep relaxation). Describe four stages of yoga nidra practices for trauma survivors.

Use two methods of meditation in psychotherapy sessions.

Discuss three symptoms in a client diagnosed with PTSD which could be improved with polyvagally-informed yogic interventions.

Create a treatment plan which incorporates polyvagally-informed yoga.

Name 2 ways that somatic approaches increase the effectiveness of psychotherapy.

Describe three components of autonomic nervous system dysregulation.

Please complete the registration form, below, to indicate your interest in an upcoming program. Include your name, address, email address, phone number, and if you want CEs (if so, designate profession).

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