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Discuss the role of language in a trauma informed yoga class, the use of touch in any yoga setting, cultural appropriation, and more!

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This 4-hour workshop is "sequel" - with totally new content - to my original trauma informed yoga workshop (view the 6/21 workshop details here) on how trauma informed yoga is different from "regular" and how an instructor might go about setting up a service class.

This workshops will cover the following areas:

language: how to make language more invitational and avoid ranking postures or modifications, inclusive language

touch: pros/cons of various ways of asking consent if you do use touch in any setting, why many trained trauma informed instructors avoid touch

practice: a short NON-trauma informed practice as a sample for participants to improve upon and practice teach with changes to langauge and options offered

reading/discussion: short articles on the intention behind meditation in schools, cultural appropriation in yoga, and what "trauma informed" means in any field.

The original workshop is NOT a prerequisite for this one (though that foundation may be helpful).  The content of this sequal workshop will be substantially different from the original workshop, so those who have participated in my workshop before can find new content here.

Bio: Kate Rice was introduced to yoga service in 2010, when she began working administratively as outreach coordinator for a Washington, DC based yoga service organization. After moving to Chicago in 2014, Kate completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training. Since then, she has:

  • taught in residential homes shelters and public libraries on Chicago’s south and west sides;
  • offered yoga to survivors of sexual violence at the metropolitan YWCA;
  • volunteered via Yoga for Recovery's program for women held at Cook County Jail and served as volunteer coordinator;
  • helped nationally recognized Eat Breathe Thrive and Street yoga find space to offer trainings in Chicago; and
  • received a scholarship to attend the Yoga Service Council's annual Yoga Service Conference at Omega in Rhinebeck, New York.

Kate's training includes the Trauma Center's 20-hour Trauma Sensitive Yoga training; Street Yoga; the Prison Yoga Project training; Eat Breathe Thrive; Yoga, Sexual Violence and Resilience through the Breathe Network; Yoga Activist's training on Yoga for Homeless, Mentally Ill and In-Recovery Communities; and Illinois' 40-hour training on Sexual Violence Crisis Intervention.

Find out more about what makes this workshop unique and what this workshop is NOT about.

Privacy: Zoom requires an internet connection and a device with camera and audio. I will provide a link via email, and I set up zoom to require registration, meaning you'll be prompted to enter your name and email. Your email is shared with me only, but your name (either the one you enter into zoom or if you already have a name set up with a zoom account) may be visible to the group. I do appreciate it if people turn their cameras on when they join the group (and when they join smaller groups for brief discussions), but understand some people may prefer to do the workshop largely with cameras off.

Payment: If you can pay, please do. I know many people face financial side effects of our current situation. If you fall into that category and cannot pay, or can pay a reduced fee, please email me at kate@traumainformedyogachicago.org by Thursday 4/23 to let me know. I am happy to have you participate at whatever cost you can pay and will send you a code to enter into eventbrite for your discount.

Note: Kate is not a psychologist or social worker, and strongly believes yoga instructors do not need advanced degrees to gain a basic awareness of trauma, its impact, and how yoga can help any of us heal. If you teach yoga to people, you most likely *already* teach trauma survivors. Kate does not advocate yoga instructors going above and beyond the formal instruction they have received in their 200-hour training. She simply believes a yoga instructor with some information on trauma is much better prepared to work with underserved communities and the public at large than one without. This is not a training, no CEUs are offered, and Kate would not suggest anyone is "trained' in trauma informed yoga after a 4-hour workshop. She does recommend further training, through organizations that offer CEUs and have an established history of yoga service, and is happy to provide resources and info as part of this training or outside of it for those unable to attend. Reach her at kate@traumainformedyogachicago.org.

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