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Yoga for Trauma weekend workshop, near Sheffield, June 2024

Dates: Friday 21st – Sunday 23rd June Venue: Lockerbrook Residential Centre, Snake Pass, Bamford, Hope Valley S33 0BJ Join us for a workshop on the neuroscience of trauma recovery and trauma-informed yoga. Experience its benefits on body, breath and mind through gentle asana, pranayama, yoga nidra and meditation. This weekend is open to everyone wishing to teach yoga to refugees or other trauma survivors, or interested in learning how to use the body, breath and awareness to overcome and heal from their own stress and trauma. Asana, pranayama, yoga nida and meditation will be combined with theory and an understanding of how trauma affects your physiology and psychology, as well as how yogic practices can support your capacity to find balance and restore resilience. Sessions will include: • Yoga for renegotiating trauma and connecting with the body • Freeing up the breath and letting go of tensions • Orienting to the present and an environment of safety • Understanding the neuroscience of trauma • Signs and symptoms of trauma • Trauma first aid: doing no

Street Youth Yoga in Sierra Leone

From the Community, For the Community The YAMA (Yoga and Music Arts) Project was founded by ex-street youth wanting to give back to people living rough on the streets of Freetown. Each founding member, Badardee, Francess, Meeky and Sulcus, has their own personal experience of how precarious life in Sierra Leone can be for a homeless person. Inspired by their first-hand experience of the many benefits that yoga, music and poetry writing can bring, they are committed to sharing these practice with others. With support from Tools for Inner Peace, they began giving yoga sessions to street youth in January 2022 and interest in these classes has been growing ever since. The group has grown from 23 to 50-60 people meeting for yoga every Saturday. The sessions are reaching some of the most marginalised and vulnerable members of society, including street workers and gang members. YAMA facilitators understand the value of these activities as tools that help support trauma recovery and manage life’s daily struggles (economic hardship, food insecurity, abuse, addiction…) The facilitators have noted