Embodied Healing: Trauma-Informed Yoga and Meditation for Sexual Assault Suvivors
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 and holistic practices.
Starts April 1, 2020
*Individual Course Participation
For group or organization course + consulting package, please inquire directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: Equity Pricing/Sliding-Scale Rates are available for this course upon request. We will prioritize access for Black, Indigenous, People of Color, LGBTQIA, Disabled and Low Income survivors. Please contact Molly at: email@example.com with your request.
Deepen your healing journey with our thoughtfully curated and experiential course on trauma-informed yoga and meditation.
As the only national nonprofit organization with a single focus on connecting sexual assault survivors with sliding-scale, trauma-informed, holistic healers, The Breathe Network is a pioneer in the anti-sexual violence movement. Therefore, we are uniquely positioned to deliver a course that is sensitive to the unique vulnerabilities of survivors and also holds up the tremendous strengths of this community.
You’ll learn about trauma-informed yoga and meditation from a variety of lenses and instructors, 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/body-based practices like yoga and meditation can feel vulnerable, and this course allows you to participate from the comfort of your own home and at your own pace. You can move along with us each week, or you can take your time to digest and integrate the materials over a period of months.
This course will support you in nurturing the 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
- 6 experiential yoga and meditation classes of varying lengths to support a home practice
- Over a dozen 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?
Each week you will receive an email including the course videos for the week, supplemental reading and/or videos associated with the course content.
You will receive 3 yoga practices in varying lengths and you will receive 3 guided meditation practices in varying lengths via email. These classes will be a combination of either audio or audio and video.
How to access the course
You will receive your first email of course content on Wednesday, April 1st, 2020.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need prior yoga and/or meditation experience?
No. The content is accessible to new and seasoned practitioners. We welcome first time yoga and meditation practitioners into this space.
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, yet I have experienced other forms of trauma – can I still take the course?
Absolutely. The content will address trauma in general extensively, with a specific focus on sexual trauma, yet all of the practices and information are readily accessible and translatable to other forms of trauma and overwhelming experience.
“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. Thank you.”
This course may stir memories that causes participants to experience emotional or physical responses and/or stress. The objective of this online course is educational, not psychotherapeutic in nature. The course is not intended to be a substitute for therapy or any other form of professional consultation. If you have been treated for, or believe you may have suffered from a psychological injury, please consider if you are in a position to safely participate in the course at this time, and/or consider enlisting the support of a professional who can be a resource to you both during and after the course. Our organization and team of facilitators are not liable for any distress 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 options that connect survivors with support systems that facilitate sustainable, embodied healing and resilience after trauma.
How Trauma Impacts the Nervous System and the Wisdom of Survival Part 1
How Trauma Impacts the Nervous System and the Wisdom of Survival Part 2
The Benefit of Integrating Mind, Body and Soul Inclusive Practices within Trauma Recovery Part 1
The Benefit of Integrating Mind, Body and Soul Inclusive Practices within Trauma Recovery Part 2
Understanding Trauma-Informed Yoga and How it Can Increase Resilience After Trauma
Understanding Trauma-Informed Meditation and How It Can Increase Resilience After Trauma
Compassionate Collaboration with Your Body: Resourcing Before, During and After Triggers and Flashbacks
Self-Care: Nourishing the Nonlinear Process of Healing