Every person who walks through the studio doors is a resilient, beautiful survivor of something stressful and/ or traumatic. As human beings we just don’t get out of this life without experiencing adverse events. This is not a bad thing! Stress and trauma can be rich and fertile ground for growth, transformation, and learning when one has the capacity and resources to be with the bodily experience of such events, as well as a safe and supportive atmosphere and community.
In this workshop, we will learn how to be well- resourced, regulated human beings in order to create and hold safe space for others. We will look at how trauma responses might show up on the mat and how we can best support our students.
We will practice pranayama, guided visualization meditation, and gentle asana.
This workshop will finish with the practice of Yoga Nidra, or yogic sleep, so as to leave students feeling relaxed yet energized as they leave.
A portion of time will be set aside for questions and debriefing, and Meg will be available for private conversation should one feel the need for one on one support.
This workshop will look at the effects trauma has on our physiology and psychology through the framework of polyvagal theory, as theorized by Stephen Porges.
Topics we will consider include:
- The difference between positive and toxic stress
- Regulation, dysregulation, and co-regulation
- Nervous system anatomy and hygiene
- The use of hands of touch
- Passive versus active languaging
- How trauma might show up on the mat
- How to be a safe “other”
- Self care
Meg is a certified and registered Yoga Instructor, a certified TRE® Provider, and holds a diploma in Social Services. Meg’s approach to yoga is trauma informed, and based in cultivating friendliness with one’s body through mindful attention and intention to breath, sensation, and movement. She also focuses a great deal on nervous system health and stress physiology, and how we can use the power of neuroplasticity to transform patterns that no longer serve our highest self. Meg began her lifelong love affair with yoga fifteen years ago. The evolutionary and compassionate nature of yoga drew her in and she’s never looked back. She believes in the transformative and illuminative qualities of yoga, and offers them with the intention of creating deep connection to one’s self. Through her work as a mental health and addictions outreach worker, Meg discovered the practice of TRE®, or tension and trauma releasing exercises, and trained under Jessica Schaeffer in Portland, Oregon. TRE® has been an invaluable addition to her toolbox of health and wellness empowerment, and she is passionate about sharing it and empowering others in their well being. Meg’s overall work focuses on getting to know and befriending the body through a compassionate and strengths based approach. She strongly believes that the healthier one’s connection is to one’s body, the more one can enliven inner resources thereby facilitating growth and transformation. Meg has over 1000 hours of training in styles from Vinyasa to Yin, and as a lifelong learner, attends professional development workshops and trainings whenever she can, and very often has her face buried in a book! When not immersed in pro-d, you will find Meg in the yoga studio, hiking, or sitting quietly and enjoying what this beautiful island has to offer.