“Dorie Silverman’s first yoga experience in 1999 immediately shifted her relationship to years of depression. In her first class, she felt yoga’s power to transform us physically, emotionally, and energetically, and she began teaching so that she could share that experience of transformation. Dorie sees her yoga mat as an opportunity to to practice self-love by strengthening the muscle of seeing herself as she is with an open heart. She began sharing her creative approach to yoga with students in 2001. She went through the Anusara certification process and has over 500 hours of training in asana, philosophy, alignment, and therapeutics. She is currently studying fascia and The Bowspring Method (functional movement) which is woven into the her classes. Her teaching style is warm and lighthearted, and she is expert at distilling poses and alignment instructions clearly and concisely, making yoga accessible to beginners while offering challenges and refinements to advanced practitioners. She strives to offer fresh and interesting perspectives on all the aspects of yoga she teaches, and continually seeks out new knowledge in order to serve her students in living their fullest lives on and off the mat.”
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Phone: 773-220-7815 | Website: www.doriesilverman.com | Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Lovethislifestudios/ | Twitter: @Dorie_Silverman | Practice Location: Chicago, IL
About Dorie Silverman
Dorie Silverman’s 15 years of teaching experience and years of in-depth training led her to create a continuing education course for yoga teachers called “Holding the Seat of the Teacher,” where she helps yoga teachers practice and refine their teaching skills and build their classes. In addition, Dorie has been seeking out healing for the the surgical traumas her body has experienced. Her first reproductive surgery at 11 years old, shaped a disregulated nervous system. Subsequent surgeries on her breast, jaw, skin, and uterus compounded the challenges that she faced not only with depression but also eating disorders, anxiety and fibroid tumors that wreaked havoc on her entire body/mind. Her years of self-development off the mat which has included art therapy, Cognitive behavioral therapy, Somatic Experiencing, dance therapy, talk therapy, Shamanic practices, cooking, nutrition, productivity and the dozens of books on self-improvement has framed her interest in incorporating tools for hive vibe living in her coaching sessions and classes. She is sought after as a guide who encourages lightness and humor and is admired for her sensitivity, realness, and ability to get to the heart of life’s challenges and develops creative ways grow from them.
She draws inspiration from art, psychology, gardening, dance, nature, many feline and canine friends, and her community, all of which fuel her search for meaning and connection in everyday life. Dorie’s main yoga influences have been Desi Springer, Geri Bleier, John Friend, Sianna Sherman, Desiree Rumbaugh, her parents and sister, her chosen family of friends, and all of her students. Lifestyle coaching is located at her private home studio, home sessions or via Skype. She offers workshops, retreats, and small group classes as well at her private studio. You can also take public classes from Dorie at yogaview.
In the last 15 years of teaching, people come to me via public classes at studios, small group workshops or privately at my home studio. Many of my private clients have experienced sexual violence in their past and I’ve found that most of them have experienced trauma of some kind. I’ve found that body movement brings up many emotions, memories and fears. Its been an opportunity to support people in working with these deeper issues through movement practices such as yoga, Bowspring and tools for somatic healing.
My Interest in Working with Survivors
My interest in working with those who have experienced trauma comes from my personal experience with PTSD from multiple medical procedures that began at birth. I feel a calling to offer tools that create ease to those suffering from the anxiety, depression, disconnection, lack of focus and clarity that trauma manifests in the body/mind. The sensitivity that trauma survivors possess is a much needed asset that can emerge with healing. These individuals can then offer this level of sensitivity to heal families, communities and the earth.
My Approach to Trauma-Informed Care
Sensitivity to trauma is a kind of care that I rarely experience with healing practitioners or traditional doctors when seeking out support for my own healing. It is a missing link that desperately needs to be addressed because we all have experienced trauma of some kind. I’ve found that most people, myself included, were never taught how to integrate these intense experiences into our lives in a healthy way. I feel honored to be able to provide this kind of care for individual health and well being but also because we can all do way more good in the world if we have healthy nervous systems.
Yoga, the Bowspring Method, meditation and breathing have been my tools in working with clients with trauma. In addition, I bring in my knowledge of talk therapy, creative expression, mindfulness and my most recent study of Somatic Experiencing in which we focus on sensation and/or emotion that emerges. There is an emphasis on giving the experiences that come up attention, love and space to express and merge into the next experience rather than letting the trauma stay stuck. The pace and depth of the work is different from client to client and moment to moment.
How My Practice Holistically Addresses the Impacts of Sexual Violence
I’ve found that bringing people into their bodies to feel what’s happening a little at a time is very valuable in working with the dissociation that happens with trauma and sexual assault. Clients may or may not verbally tell me about their trauma but there is definitely an aspect of expression when we move and breathe together. I’ve found it valuable to open the space for clients to verbally share what they are feeling little by little. Verbalizing wakes up disconnected parts of the body/mind and brings them fully into the whole of who they are.
The ways I offer modifications is through asking permission to touch, giving lots of options, being sensitive to pacing, body language and noticing disconnection from the present moment.