The Burnaby Public Library and Bridge for Health are presenting this workshop. Traumatic events happen to everyone and can range from a distressing childhood to singular, painful disruptive events (i.e. difficult child delivery, loss of a loved one, divorce, etc.). Such common events can result in isolation and feelings of helplessness. Trauma survivors often come to the practice of yoga upon the recommendation of their health care providers in order to cultivate, "the simple body awareness that makes it possible to gauge, slow down, and halt traumatic hyperarousal, and to separate past from present (Dr. Bessell van de Kolk)." Traumatic stressors can result in chronic pain, disordered eating addiction, insomnia, anxiety and depression.
Trauma-informed yoga can help by introducing better coping skills, and helping to connect to the present moment. In this 2 hour lecture you will learn more about how yoga can be used to empower trauma survivors to live connected and embodied lives.
Nicole Marcia, MA, E-RYT 500, our guest speaker, has been a yoga teacher, therapist, and trainer since 2004. In 2009, she was awarded a master's degree with a specialization in yoga therapy from Lesley University in Boston, MA. Since then, she has been employed at the Burnaby Centre for Mental Health and Addictions, where she developed a comprehensive yoga therapy program for in-patient clients in various stages of recovery from mental health and addiction issues. Nicole is the director of training of Yoga Outreach, a not-for-profit organization providing volunteer yoga teachers to marginalized populations, and a faculty member at Ajna Yoga and Langara College Continuing Studies.
Everyone is welcome but registration is required. To register, call 604-436-5400 or register online.