Teaching a Trauma Sensitive Yoga Class*

Presented by Judy Weaver, E-RYT 500, YACEP, C-IAYT; and David Emerson, E-RYT 200, YACEP, TCTSY-F | Published on: April 17, 2018

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About This Workshop

Many students that attend yoga classes have experienced trauma, which may be relived in a yoga class. Judy Weaver and David Emerson talk about the yoga teacher’s responsibility for understanding the effects of trauma on the body. They also share some useful tools for teaching a trauma sensitive class.

About Judy Weaver and David Emerson

Judy Weaver is the Founder and Executive Director of the non-profit organization Connected Warriors. She is a certified yoga therapist and was a contributor to Best Practices for Yoga for Veterans, published by Omega Institute and the Yoga Service Council in 2016.

David Emerson is the Founder and Director of Yoga Services for the Trauma Center at the Justice Resource Institute in Brookline, Massachusetts. He has co-authored several articles on the subject of yoga and trauma, including Overcoming Trauma through Yoga (North Atlantic Books, 2011) and Trauma-Sensitive Yoga in Therapy (Norton, 2015).

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