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Somatic Experiencing® and Yoga: Tending Trauma and Chronic Stress Through the Wisdom of the Nervous System


Somatic Experiencing® (SE) is a potent psychobiological method for resolving trauma symptoms and relieving chronic stress. It can reset the nervous system, restore inner balance, enhance resilience to stress and increase people’s vitality, equanimity and capacity to actively engage in life. It is the result of the life’s work of Dr. Peter A. Levine.

Yoga is the powerful art and science of bringing the body, mind and heart into the present moment. It offers varying tools for being present and integrating the layers of our being into a united and functional whole. But when the nervous system is stuck in the past due to trauma and chronic stress that is unresolved, then these tools don’t always work well. Paradoxically, these tools can also be part of the resolution when the right context and attention is given. This is where SE can help yoga be of more benefit to the practitioner, and where yoga can be a doorway into the simple and subtle practices of SE. SE and yoga can mutually benefit and support each other in deepening our access to the present moment and cultivating a resiliency of body, mind and heart.

“Trauma is responding to today’s events as if they were the same as the past.”
~ Bessel Van der Kalk

In this workshop you will gain insight into…

  • How the nervous system functions and how it can get stuck

  • An understanding of the poly-vagal theory of the nervous system

  • Seeing trauma as it is held in the body

  • How yoga poses can support or hinder the healing of trauma

  • How chronic stress impacts the nervous system and tools for coping with it

  • How simple SE techniques can help yogis settle their nervous system and gain more benefit from their yoga practice

  • Tending the mind through the body and visa versa

Saturday, May 11, 12:30-6:30p
Sunday, May 12, 1:00-4:00p

Hours: 9.0

$195 Early bird pricing through May 5
$225 Full price May 6 & after


This weekend is open to anyone and is also part of our 300-hour Advanced Teacher Training program. If you are taking this workshop toward your advanced teaching certification, please register for the 300-hour program in advance.