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August News!

 


 

Trauma-Informed Yoga Training offers Continuing Education Credit for Yoga Teachers and Mental Health Professionals


 

Paula Soto, a Licensed Social Worker, Yoga Teacher (E-RYT 200), and trauma survivor who found yoga to be vital in her recovery from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, will equip participants in this one and a half day workshop to: 

  • Gain knowledge of the manifestation, causes, and pervasiveness of trauma
  • Understand what makes yoga a vital tool in trauma recovery
  • Gain awareness to recognize and respond to the signs of trauma in yoga students and therapy clients
  • Apply the basics of skillful intervention when a student or client is triggered
  • Understand the key elements to offering trauma-informed yoga instruction; referring therapy clients to appropriate yoga classes and teachers.
  • Learn best practices for collaboration between organizations that serve traumatized populations such as veterans,first responders,at-risk youth,and abuse survivors,and yoga teachers who wish to work with these population
  • Learn best practices for referral and collaboration between mental health professionals and yoga teachers

 
This training is hosted by Sangha Center for Yoga and Wellness in Beaver, PA, on September 10-11. 2106.  For more details or to register, please visit:  http://www.sanghacenteryoga.com/other-offerings.html


 


 


Paula Soto’s and Linda Meacci’s Interview about Trauma-Informed Yoga

 
This spring, IW’s founder, Paula Soto and Linda Meacci, one of Pittsburgh’s well respected yoga teachers, teamed up to offer the Ahimsa – Introduction to Trauma Informed Yoga Instruction workshop at Schoolhouse Yoga.  Paula and Linda were interviewed by Zander Winther, founder of Pittsburgh Yoga Mala, about this collaborative effort. Here is a link to this very informative interview!  
 


   Donation              Classes!!!

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Women’s and Youth Wellness


         
 
The schedule has been set for Intersections Wellness’ Yoga Basics for Women Donation-Based classes at Beaver Area Memorial Library!  Treat yourself to these relaxing classes; they are welcoming and appropriate for any woman of any age and fitness level. Click here for details! 



 
Youth Yoga 14 Week Curriculum Development

 

2016 marked a new and exciting partnership for Intersections Wellness! Looking for ways to improve the reach and effectiveness of the Youth Wellness Program at Morado Dwellings, a residential project of the Housing Authority of Beaver County, Intersections Wellness collaborated with Tiger Pause, an organization serving the youth of Morado Dwellings and Beaver Falls. Youth yoga teachers Heather Forsythe ERYT 200, RYT 500 and Nicole Gartz, conducted yoga sessions with the youth once a week.  Additionally, the teachers provided Tiger Pause staff with yoga mini-lessons to review with the kids on the days when the yoga teachers were not there.  Improvement in focus and motivation in kids who had previously struggled with these skills, was noted by program staff. The kids – ages Kindergarten through age fourteen – voiced their enjoyment of the program – and let us know that their favorite pose to practice was Tree pose!

The IW Youth Yoga team is extremely proud to announce the development of a Youth Yoga 14-Week Curriculum, with a focus on mindfulness skills instruction.  The curriculum provides detailed instructional techniques presented within a strategic yet simple framework, so that lessons can be easily modified to fit different teachers’ styles.  It is our hope that IW’s program can be of use to other teachers in various settings, to further the goal of bringing yoga and mindfulness skills to our communities’ youth.  The curriculum was authored by Heather Forsythe E-RYT200, RYT500, with contributions by Nicole Gartz, Paula Soto E-RYT200, and with consultation from  Joanne Spence of Yoga in Schools.  The curriculum utilizes the Yoga4Classrooms Cards, developed by Lisa Flynn and Childlight Yoga.

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