At Fine Balance Yoga we teach therapeutic yoga classes to trauma survivors, teaching them healthy self-regulation strategies to empower
them to live connected and embodied lives. We also 
 train yoga teachers and clinicians in the trauma-informed yoga theory and techniques required to support their clients in their healing, long-term stability and recovery. 

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Students at River Bend Education Center start their school day with a trip through a metal detector and a backpack search. The doors are locked so no one runs away.
At River Bend, teachers try yoga and other strategies to help children control their own emotions. While yoga won't cure a behavioral disorder, it seems to be helping some kids. And in a school where many come from chaos, that's a start. "The children who come to us are not willfully defiant," said school social worker Rebecca Stewart. "Many of them have suffered multiple traumas. We understand the brain science behind that now, and that kids need to learn how to regulate. They need to learn how to sit in a chair before they can read."

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MPR NEWS -Sasha Aslanian · Minneapolis · Oct 14, 2014

An Introduction to Trauma Informed Yoga
A workshop for Yoga students, teachers & individuals who are interested in learning more about how yoga can be helpful for addressing some of the symptoms associated with the aftermath of a traumatic event.

Lochdale Community Hall - 490 Sperling Ave. North Burnaby
Monday March 30th 6:45 - 9:30
$35 + GST
To register:
Deadline to Register: March 27th, 
No refunds will be issued after March 27th, 2015

Traumatic events happen to everyone and can range from a distressing childhood to singular, painful disruptive events (i.e. difficult child delivery, loss of a loved one, divorce etc.). Such common events can result in isolation and feelings of helplessness. Traumatic stressors can result in chronic pain, disordered eating, addiction, insomnia, anxiety and depression. Trauma sensitive Yoga can help by introducing better coping skills, and helping to connect to the present moment. In this 2.75 hour introductory workshop students will learn more about how yoga can be used to empower them to live connected and embodied lives.

 Bring your own mats, notebooks, pens etc.

Practices for Daily Life with
Sarah Holmes de Castro & Nicole Marcia

April 26th 12:30 - 6:30
#240 - 2083 Alma St.
Cost: $60 + GST

Explore how yoga can support the skilfull management of life's challenges and stressors to appreciate more fully the goodness that we encounter. 
Drawing on the philosophy and techniques of yoga & the physiology of the nervous system we will experience a  Trauma Sensitive Yoga practice, a restorative yoga nidra and explore ‘micro-practices’ including breath work, mudras and affirmations to incorporate into our lives, taking yoga off the mat to bring us into balance wherever we are. 
To register click here.
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Langara College Continuing Studies Presents:

The Therapeutic Yoga for Trauma, Resilience & Emotional
60-hour Certificate Program

Yoga is now widely regarded as being particularly effective in the stabilization and healing process of individuals with emotional wellbeing challenges. A comprehensive and experiential therapeutic Yoga training program developed in response to the growing body of research which points to Yoga as a powerful adjunct to other therapies. Upon completion, learn to use therapeutic Yoga when working with groups presenting with depression, anxiety, addictive behaviours and trauma. 

May 7th, 2015 at 5:00 - 7:30 pm 
601 W. Broadway Suite M11

Course Starts September 2015
For more information & to register click here.
Trauma Sensitive Yoga Teachers Training, Brighton UK
with Sarah Holmes de Castro

May 15-17, 2015
St. Michael's Community Hall,
Saint Michael's Place, Brighton, UK

Cost:  £160.00 
Click here for more information and to register.
An Introduction to Trauma Informed Yoga with Nicole Marcia
 17th Annual Canadian Energy Psychology Conference
Victoria, BC
October 2-4, 2015

Featuring Bessel A. van der Kolk MD- Keynote Speaker 
Other distinguished keynotes include
Donna Eden, David Feinstein, PhD and Joyce Hawkes, PhD, Fred Gallo, PhD & Lee Pulos, PhD

Since 1999, the Canadian Energy Psychology Conference has offered a warm, inspiring environment for learning, sharing and networking. Uniting healing practitioners, therapists, teachers, and lifelong learners, the Canadian EPC is an ideal space to develop new skills, gain deeper knowledge of yourself, share your experience and meet like-minded friends and energy therapists from around the world. The connections you make, the ideas you encounter, the resources you discover will inspire you. Feed your intellect, nourish your spirit and satisfy your professional Continuing Education requirements all in an atmosphere of collegiality, collaboration, compassion and fun.
For more information and to contact click here.

A great review of the Fine Balance Yoga Workshop from It's All Yoga Baby at the Victoria Yoga Conference 2015
The Yoga Outreach Retreat 

June 5th -7th, 2015
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