Ever wonder why you leave yoga feeling grounded and relaxed? This worksop is designed to give you a framework for understanding the science behind why that happens. Using the lens of Stephen Porges’ polyvagal theory, Elizabeth Napolin, LPCMH will begin with the anatomy and physiology of the autonomic nervous system and how that applies to the yoga process. Each participant will create and leave with a personalized ‘map’ of their own nervous system that was created by Deb Dana, author of the Polyvagal Theory in Therapy. With this fresh in our minds, Anne Duch, PT will lead us through a vin/yin sequence that will offer a safe place for us to bring awareness to where we are in our nervous system and practical strategies that can be used on and off the mat to help us move out of the anxious or hopeless feelings and back to a place of feeling connected to ourselves and others with the belief that ‘I can handle it’ even when life around you doesn’t change.
This workshop is appropriate for yoga students of all levels, yoga teachers and mental health workers.