Bend Don’t Break: Healing Trauma through Trauma Sensitive Yoga

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  •  March 20, 2021
     10:00 am CDT - 12:00 pm CDT

Held via Zoom
Michelle Gessler, LPC
CEUs: 2

*Limited to 20 participants.

This program will offer an overview, experience, small-group discussion, and large-group Q&A of a trauma-informed approach to healing called Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TSY). Developed at the Trauma Center of the Justice Resource Institute in Brookline, MA, TSY is an empirically validated approach, offering shared experience through invitation and choice-making. Attendees will learn about the history and principles of TSY and then be led through a short session. They will be encouraged to explore feelings evoked through their TSY experience on their own and in small groups. Over one-hundred years ago, Jung envisioned what is now advanced through neuroscience: traumatic and upsetting events have a way of imprinting on us. We may find ourselves so overwhelmed by emotion that we feel disconnected or cut-off. TSY invites us safely to reconnect to our bodies, making choices for ourselves at our own pace. TSY is appropriate for all body types and fitness levels. No prior Yoga experience is necessary.

* Please dress comfortably for simple movements that can be done seated or standing.

About the Instructor
Shelly Gessler (she, her, hers), LPC, received a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from DePaul University and is a certified Trauma Sensitive Yoga facilitator and a registered yoga teacher. She has studied, taught, and practiced Yoga and meditation for sixteen years and is continuously inspired by the self-compassion and personal understanding people realize through an embodied practice. Currently, she offers private Yoga sessions for healing or personal growth online or in-person.

Recommended Reading
Trauma-Sensitive Yoga in Therapy: Bringing the body into treatment by Emerson & West
Overcoming Trauma through Yoga: Reclaiming your body by Emerson, Hopper, & Levine

*Program CEUs are an additional $15 processing fee. Please note that the current CEU processing time is around 3-4 weeks during this time of limited office use.



This event will be hosted online through Zoom.
Further info will be provided after registration.