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Shanti Yoga hosts ‘Trauma Yoga Workshop’ with Nathalie Croix and Dr. Elise Johns

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Dr. Elise Johns, a private practice doctor, and Nathalie Croix of Shanti Yoga (3528 Magazine St.) will be hosting a “Trauma Yoga Workshop and Series” at Shanti Yoga during March and April.
 
“Trauma is a very person specific concept,” explained Elise. “For the purposes of this class, we are defining trauma as any negative event a person has experienced that has left a lasting impression. For some, trauma could be a divorce and for others, it could be being a victim of an assault or witnessing an assault.”
She continued, “Meditation and yoga can be helpful tools in trauma recovery. These tools can be used to aid in cultivating self-compassion and awareness in addition to stimulating emotional release. This workshop, lead by Nathalie and myself, will utilize yoga and breath work along with psycho- education to blend the physical, mental, and emotional components of recovery.”
 
The Trauma Yoga Workshop ($40) will be held on Friday, March 11 from 5:00pm-6:45pm. “The workshop will begin with a discussion of the emotional and physical connection that one’s body has to trauma in addition to addressing some grounding techniques that can be done at home by participants. This will be followed by a Vinyasa yoga sequence directed to target the physical consequences of trauma. The yoga sequence will be followed by a trauma process group. This is designed to allow participants time for guided self-reflection in a safe supportive environment.”
 
In addition, there will be a Trauma Yoga Series ($25 per class) on the following Saturdays from 3:30pm-4:30pm: March 29, April 9, April 30, May 14.
 
Elise concluded, “Trauma has many negative effects. Some effects include aches and pains, memory deficit, lack of concentration, fear of being unsafe, detachment, anxiety, and emotional outbursts. Each individual experiences different effects of trauma. Much research has been done showing the beneficial effects of breath work and meditation with trauma. In trauma work, exercises in breath work are used as grounding tools. A grounding tool is anything that can aid an individual to refocus themselves on the present. Yoga uses a combination of breath work and physical postures that will serve as grounding tools. Mantras, such as ‘I am safe’ or ‘I am brave,’ associated with different poses in the class aid in personal empowerment and the class aspect fosters a sense of community and safety for individuals. The practice of yoga allows for an individual to make use of all of these healing tools simultaneously. Yoga is a means to teach relaxation and concentration and depending on the type of trauma experienced, yoga can aid an individual in the process of empowerment and reclaiming their body.”
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