Yoga In 2020; Breathwork & Embodiment Practices for Resilience

Wednesdays 6:30pm-8pm
August 5 – September 9th 
This 6-Week Pilot Program includes 30 minutes of lecture to cultivate a better understanding of the mind-body connection and 60 minutes of breath and embodiment practice. Classes will be held online via Zoom.

You know that this year has brought a laundry list of changes, disruption to routine, and discomfort. What you may not know is that our entire country, and world, is in a state of chronic stress. After 4 months of active diligence, and higher levels of daily stress our brains get tired, similar to wearing out a muscle. 

The Situation:

When we experience trauma or chronic stress, our brain’s natural pathways to the prefrontal cortex are disconnected. This means that people experiencing trauma have less access to verbal expression, planning, creative thinking, and decision making. As a response to stress, our nervous system can get stuck in the “on” position: making it hard to relax, sleep, and feel safe, or conversely, in the “off” position: making it hard to take action, feeling low energy, and depleted. Studies show that unaddressed trauma can lead to strain in personal relationships, work, and even disease.  

Are you feeling overwhelmed by making decisions (even simple ones!)? Do you feel like you’re always on guard and having trouble relaxing? Are you feeling forgetful of tasks or trouble recalling words in conversation?  Do you feel anxious about the future? Would you like some support in navigating these unprecedented times? You are not alone! 

The Good News:

You can take control of your natural nervous system response and practice resilience through simple breath and embodiment practices. Trauma Informed Yoga incorporates somatic, evidence-based practices from the latest science of the human nervous system in combination with the ancient wisdom of yoga to reduce anxiety and stress. 

Feel rested, resilient, and empowered with Yoga In 2020; a 6-week program that offers an in-depth understanding of the mind-body connection, and weekly support in breath and embodiment practices to reset, restore, and train the nervous system. 

New to Yoga? The hardest part is getting to yoga class, and now you can login to zoom from the comfort of home. This is a gentle, relaxing, and accessible practice for beginners and experienced yogis alike.   

Topics Include:

Week 1: Breath; A Useful Tool That’s Always with You

Week 2: Vagal Tone; Training Resilience 

Week 3: Present Moment Awareness

Week 4: NeuroPlasticity: Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Reality  

Week 5: Serotonin: Feeding The Gut Brain

Week 6: Intention Setting; Practicing Loving Kindness 

About the Instructor: 

Erin found the benefits of yoga instrumental to her own wellness journey and trauma recovery. She became a yoga instructor in 2013 with the intention of sharing essential tools with people experiencing trauma and chronic stress so that they too can claim their human right to wellness. 

Erin Winters is a 500ERYT Yoga Instructor and Reiki practitioner with a passion for empowering humans to live their best lives. Erin believes in the practice of radical self acceptance and making yoga accessible to all bodies by emphasizing function over form, and teaches people over teaching poses. Erin’s teaching style is relaxed, encouraging, and evidence based. Erin is an expert instructor of Yin Yoga, Taoist Yoga, Slackline Yoga, Acro Yoga, Functional Anatomy, Breathwork, Yoga Nidra, and Meditation Practices. Erin has trained over 100 wonderful yoga instructors, lead yoga retreats, and over 7 200 hour, and 300 hour yoga teacher training programs.

Learn more about the instructor here. 

Program Pricing:

$250 for the 6-Week Program ($41/ per class)

It takes 21 days to form a new habit; we want this program to add positive and lasting benefit to your life. This Program includes 90 minute weekly class, course, and practice notes. 

Alpine Lakes Holistic Counseling & Wellness Center is committed to inclusion and support. We are able to offer 1-3 $100 scholarships, depending on the number of students who enroll. 

To apply for scholarship please email erin.winters@alpinelakescounselingcenter.com by July 17th with a little bit about you and how this program would benefit your life and those around you. 

Setting aside time for self-care is a radical act of loving kindness. When you fill your cup, you have more energy to give to the people and work that you love. 

Resources for Class:

https://www.iahe.com/docs/articles/6_Ways_to_Instantly_Stimulate_Your_Vagus_Nerve_to_Relieve_Inflammation.pdf

TED VIDEOS:

https://www.ted.com/talks/nadine_burke_harris_how_childhood_trauma_affects_health_across_a_lifetime/discussion?CMP=

https://www.ted.com/talks/lucy_hone_3_secrets_of_resilient_people

https://www.ted.com/talks/shilpa_ravella_how_the_food_you_eat_affects_your_gut