This is an informal experience sharing workshop for those wishing to teach yoga to refugees or other trauma survivors. Since 2017, we have been growing a community of yoga teachers and psychotherapists who are interested in teaching yoga to refugees or in deepening their understanding of how trauma effects our body and mind, and how to restore wellbeing, individually and collectively through the tools of yoga. The aim of the 8-10 July weekend is to continue developing our understanding and sharing experiences about teaching yoga practices in a manner appropriate to refugees and other trauma survivors. It will be an informal weekend, with practical asana, pranayama, yoga nidra and meditation sessions, as well as facilitated group discussions on topics such as the following: Understanding the neuroscience of trauma recovery Learning about teaching yoga to people with trauma Practising yoga to free up the body, the breath and emotions from tensions Orienting to presence and safety in the here and now As part of the weekend, there will also be karma yoga (including preparing meals together),
Following the asanas, pranayama or breathing techniques pave the way to relaxation and meditation, bringing the mind to a state of calm alertness and introversion. The breath profoundly affects the state of mind and emotions, as well as physical health. The various techniques, such as abdominal breathing, full yogic breath and classical pranayama, work on the nervous system to bring about vitalising, harmonising or tranquilising effects. Breathing slowly and deeply is the easiest way to activate the rest-and-digest system. The effect can be felt immediately – pranayama soothes frazzled nerves and quiets the anxious mind. With regular practice it works at an even deeper level, reestablishing healthy breathing patterns and teaching us to relax consciously and systematically.