Embodied Healing: Trauma-Informed Yoga and Meditation for Sexual Assault Survivors
The Breathe Network’s course, Embodied Healing: Trauma-Informed Yoga and Meditation for Sexual Assault Survivors, is co-taught by a team of 16 instructors, all of whom are seasoned professionals in the realms of trauma, psychology, sexual assault, yoga, and meditation. We have designed this course to be an accessible and empowering way for survivors to embark upon or deepen their healing through sustainable, somatic, and holistic practices.
We offer both individual and group/organization enrollment rates, please inquire directly at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn about group registration options.
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*Partial scholarships are available for this course through our Embodying Survivor Justice fund. We will prioritize access for Black, Indigenous, People of Color. Please contact Tosha at: email@example.com to learn more about this program.
Deepen your healing journey with our thoughtfully curated and experiential course on trauma-informed yoga and meditation. We have created this course in a way that is sensitive to the unique vulnerabilities of survivors while also honoring and amplifying their tremendous strength.
You will learn about trauma-informed yoga and meditation from a variety of lenses and teachers, and that learning will be bookended with an accessible introduction to cutting-edge insights on stress and resilience physiology, managing triggers and flashbacks, self-care, and more.
Beginning to work with somatic or body-centered practices like yoga and meditation can feel vulnerable, and this course allows you to participate from the comfort of your own space and move through it at your own pace. You have time to take your time.
Embodied Healing will support you in nurturing your nonlinear journey of sexual assault recovery by inviting your body and mind as partners in that process.
What’s included in this online course:
- Accessible teachings on nervous system functioning, integrating body-mind practices for healing, an understanding of trauma-informed yoga and meditation, navigating triggers and flashbacks, sustainable self-care
- 7 experiential yoga and meditation classes of varying lengths to support a home practice
- 16 video interviews with experts on the topics of trauma, stress and resilience physiology, holistic healing, yoga and meditation
- Transcripts of all video interviews
- Supporting reading materials selected by our teaching team to enhance the learning from the course content
- Yoga teachers who participate in this course can earn 16 non-contact CEUs through the Yoga Alliance
How does the course work?
The course is broken out into 8 modules. Each module includes the video lectures, transcripts and supplemental reading and/or videos associated with the course content. The content was structured intentionally to provide a foundation of physioeducation, then move to experiential yoga and meditation practice, and close with tools, resources and insights for ongoing self-care, and still, you have the option to move through the material in the order that most resonates with you.
You will also receive 4 yoga practices in varying lengths and 3 guided meditation practices in varying lengths. These classes will be a combination of audio and video.
How to access the course
You will be given access to all of the course content through our online course platform on Teachable.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need prior yoga and/or meditation experience?
The content is accessible to new and seasoned practitioners. We welcome first time yoga and meditation practitioners into this space as well as yoga teachers with a well-established personal and professional practice.
Can I receive CEUs through Yoga Alliance if I am a yoga teacher?
Yes. You can receive 16 non-contact hours from the course.
I am not a survivor of sexual trauma, however, I have endured other forms of trauma – will I still benefit from this course?
Absolutely. The content will address the hallmarks of trauma extensively and how we might work with them through somatic healing approaches. All of the practices and information are readily accessible and translatable to other forms of trauma and overwhelming experience. We also recognize most survivors of sexual trauma are navigating other traumatic experiences and systems, and we attend to those complexities of how individual and collective trauma intersect within our conversations.
“I am tuning more and more into what regulating oneself means, and how to move towards it when moving away from it. With being centered or not in any given moment, I am learning that I can take action to regulate myself; not just ‘survive’ the moment.”
“The fact that I even know now how to put everything into language more intelligibly is a huge revelation stemming from all of the discussions and talk in this course around a trauma survivor’s nervous system. Now, that new level of awareness, ushers in a more real possibility of relief and management of symptoms of trauma, perhaps even a (bodily) reprocessing of, and thus deeper healing of, both the mind and body. I loved the statement (and the others’ reference too) that story follows state, psychology follows physiology. Who knew? And the powerful implications of trauma physiology research, studies, and healing outcomes. I’m excited for this knowledge and wisdom to spread and for it to eventually become normal jargon in all of the healing arts and beyond.”
“I really love the highlight of ‘a body level of safety’ versus a cognitive one. This is a distinction that was very validating for me to hear. I’ve had experiences, particularly in talk therapy sessions, where my therapist has me look around and acknowledge that I am ‘safe’ because she hears me saying that I am unsafe or I feel unsafe and she wants to help me counter that. But, that process feels very invalidating because to me, that lack of safety is very real and no amount of cognitive recognition of my external safety seems to help. This is a deep body sensation, as described in this course.”
The objective of this course is educational, not psychotherapeutic, in nature. The course is not intended to be a substitute for therapy nor for any other form of professional consultation or accreditation. Participation in this learning may stir unconscious or dormant memories, emotional or physical responses, and/or stress responses. If you have been treated for, or believe you may have suffered from an untreated traumatic experience, injury, or systemic condition, please consider if you are in a position to safely engage with the course at this time. You may choose to enlist the support of a professional who can be a resource to you both during and after the course. The Breathe Network and the course facilitators are not liable for any distress that participation might create.
Molly Boeder Harris, Facilitator
Combining personal and professional experiences, academic research, and nearly two decades studying the holistic practice of yoga, Molly Boeder Harris is a trauma-informed yoga teacher and trainer, as well, she is a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP). She is the Founder and Executive Director of The Breathe Network. She offers a variety of programs, lectures, and consulting resources for survivors of sexual trauma and the professionals and organizations which seek to support them.
Module 1 – How Trauma Impacts the Nervous System and the Wisdom of Survival Part 1
Module 2 – How Trauma Impacts the Nervous System and the Wisdom of Survival Part 2
Module 3 – The Benefit of Integrating Mind, Body and Soul Inclusive Practices within Trauma Recovery Part 1
Module 4 – The Benefit of Integrating Mind, Body and Soul Inclusive Practices within Trauma Recovery Part 2
Module 5 – Understanding Trauma-Informed Yoga and How it Can Increase Resilience After Trauma
Module 6 – Understanding Trauma-Informed Meditation and How It Can Increase Resilience After Trauma
Module 7 – Compassionate Collaboration with Your Body: Resourcing Before, During and After Triggers and Flashbacks
Module 8 – Self-Care: Nourishing the Nonlinear Process of Healing