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At Fine Balance Yoga we teach therapeutic yoga classes and offer individual sessions to trauma survivors struggling with addiction, depression and anxiety, 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 trauma survivors in their healing, long-term stability and recovery. 
Yoga classDid you know that a recent study found that yoga is better for improving brain function than vigorous exercise? Researchers at the University of Illinois report that a single, short session of hatha yoga significantly improves memory, speed and focus.

The study involved a 20-minute progression of seated, standing and supine yoga postures that included contraction and relaxation of different muscle groups and regulated breathing. The session concluded with a meditative posture and deep breathing. Researchers were surprised to see that participants showed more improvement in their reaction times and accuracy on cognitive tasks after yoga practice than after the aerobic exercise session, which showed no significant improvements on the working memory and inhibitory control scores. They found that following yoga practice participants were better able to focus their mental resources, process information quickly and more accurately and also learn, hold and update pieces of information more effectively than after performing an aerobic exercise bout. 
"The breathing and meditative exercises aim at calming the mind and body and keeping distracting thoughts away while you focus on your body, posture or breath,” Professor Neha Gothe, who led the study, reported. “Maybe these processes translate beyond yoga practice when you try to perform mental tasks or day-to-day activities."  

Prof Gothe went on to state: "...meditation and breathing exercises are known to reduce anxiety and stress, which in turn can improve scores on some cognitive tests.” (source: Telegraph UK).

Trauma Sensitive Yoga Therapy Training
at Sanga Yoga Studio

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June 29th, 2013 1:00 – 5:00
Cost: $80.00 (+GST) 

Many people choose yoga to help cope with personal trauma. In this training teachers will learn about how to use trauma sensitive yoga teaching theory and techniques to create safe classes for trauma survivors.
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Langara College Continuing Studies Presents:

An Integrated Approach to Yoga Therapy for Trauma

July 19th – 21st, 2013
$469 (special summer discount:
register before July 1 and save $117)
Topics in this comprehensive training course include: issues of addiction, depression, anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and the role of the Yoga Therapist in working effectively and compassionately with this population.
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More Fine Balance Yoga Events Coming Up Soon

  • Trauma Sensitive Yoga Teachers Training, July 27, 2-5 pm at Open Door Yoga
  • Yoga for Trauma Survivors, August 24, 2-5 pm at Open Door Yoga
For more information about these events click here.
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