Trauma Sensitive Yoga: Criminal Justice System

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Saturday, April 29, 2017
Time:  12 pm - 6 pm

Sunday, April 30, 2017
Time:  10 am - 3 pm

Broad Street Ministry, 315 S Broad St., Philadelphia PA 

**Attendance required for BOTH sessions**

Investment: $225

Transformation Yoga Project is offering this 2-day, in-depth training for yoga teachers, social workers, counselors, and interested yoga practitioners who are:

  • interested in sharing yoga within the criminal justice system, or
  • working in the field already and interested in how mindfulness based trauma sensitive yoga can support people impacted by the system.

Colleen DeVirgiliis and Bri Murphy will share their experience working within the criminal justice system in prisons, jails, detention centers and Reentry spaces. Special segments led by Michael Huggins, founder and executive director of Transformation Yoga Project and author of Going Om, and Charlene Sams, Yoga Service Council board member, Empowered Community Instructor and owner of POSH Yoga.  

Both days will include interactive lecture, discussion, experiential exercises and practice instruction at Broad Street Ministry, a welcoming space which serves hundreds of people each year returning from incarceration. This is a great opportunity to experience yoga training outside of a studio setting!

Topics include:

  • What is yoga service 
  • Developing self and cultural awareness within yoga service 
  • What is unresolved trauma and how does this affect working with the body, mind spirit connection 
  • Pillars and framework of trauma sensitive yoga 
  • Evidence supporting benefits of Trauma sensitive Yoga in institutions 
  • Logistics of working with institutions in the CJ field 
  • Brief overview of the history of prison and incarceration 
  • Best Practices for engagement and designing classes (asana, pranayama, and meditation) appropriate for trauma sensitive yoga 

Amrita Yoga Open House

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Doors open at 2:00pm. Yoga Class, instructed by Brianne Murphy, begins at 2:30pm. 
Raffle Items Include:
  • Scholarship to our Foundations of Trauma Sensitive Yoga training in June.
  • Scholarship to Yoga for Recovery 2-day teacher training in September.
  • Hand-painted, framed Mandala art created by Lindsay Jamison
  • 10-class card to Amrita Yoga.
  • Single month unlimited of classes at Amrita Yoga.
  • Amrita gift bag of yoga related relaxation items.
$5 - Donation for the yoga class
$10 - Either a book or a raffle entry and a donation towards the yoga class.
$20 - An entry for raffle items, a copy of the book "Going Om" by Michael Huggins and a donation towards the yoga class with Brianne Murphy
Additional raffle entries can be purchased for $5.
    All Proceeds Benefit Transformation Yoga Project
    If you are unable to attend but would still like to support our mission, please visit our donation page

    Teacher Training: Foundations of Trauma Sensitive Yoga

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    Are you interested in learning how Mindfulness based trauma sensitive yoga can aid healing from unresolved trauma?

    Foundations of Trauma Sensitive Yoga
    Saturday June 17, 2017 / 12:00 - 7:00 pm  
    Yoga Garden - 114 Forrest Ave, Narberth, PA

    A certificate for 7 hours of continuing education credit will be issued.  

    Until May 15 – $125

    After May 15 - $150  

    Transformation Yoga Project is offering a special training for yoga teachers, social workers, and committed yoga practitioners interested in working with people who have been impacted by trauma and/or addiction.

    This full day workshop is led by Transformation Yoga Project's Colleen DeVergiliis (E-RYT) and Mike Huggins (E-RYT). Through sharing practical foundational techniques of trauma sensitivity, participants will learn tools to apply to instructing trauma sensitive classes in a community setting.

    This workshop will introduce participants to personal and professional considerations for pursuing yoga service and working within trauma impacted populations. This workshop is a precursor to advanced training for working in hospitals, treatment centers for substance abuse and mental health disorders and within the criminal justice system. 

    Topics will include:
        •    What is trauma, the various types of trauma, and how unresolved trauma manifests in the setting of a yoga class
        •    How does trauma affect the mind, body, and ability to confront the challenges in our lives? 
        •    How to use Yoga and Mindfulness to heal the mind-body connection and provide tools to calm, focus and find personal strength, balance, and resiliency
        •    What constitutes a trauma-sensitive Yoga and Mindfulness class
        •    Skillful language and trauma sensitivity
        •    Review of evidence supporting the effectiveness of yoga
        •    Instruction in specific poses, breathing, and meditation practices proven effective with individuals recovering from trauma

    Contact: Cheryl Spera

    If you pay a registration fee and later find you must change your plans, you can either transfer your fee to a later Training or ask for a refund. Our policy is to refund the amount less an administrative fee of $25. If you have to cancel within twenty four (24) hours of Training or after Training has begun, we will refund one half of the total fee because our expenses accelerate dramatically. The more notice you provide, the more likely we can fill your spot. We appreciate your understanding.