Warriors at Ease: Teaching Yoga and Meditation in Military Settings: Part 1, 2A & 2B Teacher Training Course

Description

Congratulations to Warriors at Ease for their award from the Smithsonian Institution, presented at the opening gala for the new exhibit Yoga: The Art of Transformation.

Part 1: Fundamentals of Teaching Yoga and Meditation in Military Communities

In the first part of the course you will learn:

  • Key distinctions between “yogic culture” and “military culture” and why they matter
  • Basic information about military culture, history, structure, values, norms, and attitudes
  • Cultural sensitivity skills critical to a teacher’s success and effectiveness
  • Ways to introduce yoga/meditation that enhance your students’ receptivity and focus on their concerns
  • Ways to create a safe learning container and why this is crucial for working with those suffering from trauma
  • A basic understanding of war-related traumatic stress, PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), and TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury)
  • Practical guidelines for working with student’s emotional reactions in class
  • Strategies and tips for initiating a class or workshop series in military facilities and communities

PRACTICUM

Part 2A: Teaching Trauma-Sensitive Meditation

Part 2B: Advanced Teaching Skills for Addressing Combat-Related Issues

In the second part of the course you will learn:

1. Teaching trauma sensitive meditation: guidelines and precautions

2. Trauma-sensitive yoga teaching guidelines and precautions, as well as adaptive yoga asana sequence protocols and modifications for these military populations:

  • able-bodied service-members with and without PTSD
  • older veterans with chronic physical illness and PTSD
  • veterans with MST (military sexual trauma)
  • veterans suffering from major physical illness, TBI, spinal cord injuries and amputations
  • veterans and service-members in wheelchairs

3. The neurophysiology of PTSD and how sensory processing can be affected by war-related trauma.

4. How to incorporate applicable sensory integration treatment principles and techniques into a yoga class for military personnel or combat veterans to maximize healing.

5. Pranayama (breathing) techniques that are most effective in reducing hyper-arousal.

6. How to address PTSD, TBI, amputations, spinal cord injuries and combat-related stress by using sensory-based strategies, yoga and meditation to improve psychological health and help alleviate the symptoms of PTSD and improve resiliency and self-regulation.

Earning your Part 1 and Part 2A and Part 2B Certificate of Completion requires participation in all residential training sessions and successful passage of practice teaching sessions. If you wish to be certified, after completion of Part 1 and Part 2A and Part 2B you can apply for Part 3: Mentoring to complete your certification.

Minimum 200-hour yoga or meditation teacher training certification required.

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STUDENT TESTIMONIALS

~ Thank you so much for your time, energy, and intention. The class was very organized, provided excellent materials, was on-time and gave me invaluable information. I am so glad I chose to take this course. Excellent work ladies! I would definitely recommend this class to others!

~ This course was GREAT, GREAT, GREAT !!! Thank you for the untold hours of love and devotion that have gone into developing your work and this class. The course was impeccably organized…packed with useful information…and extremely generous. It was a joy to sense how lovingly you work together.

~ I think my world has become bigger because of this class.

~ Your generosity is incredible. You have established an inspiring model of collaboration, generosity and excellence.

~ I feel better prepared in every way, not only in working with the military but also working with the homeless, bereavement groups and substance abuse groups, which are populations I am offering [classes] until now.

  • able-bodied service-members with and without PTSD
  • • older veterans with chronic physical illness and PTSD
    • veterans with MST (military sexual trauma)
    • veterans suffering from major physical illness, TBI, spinal cord injuries and amputations
    • veterans and service-members in wheelchairs
    1. Teaching trauma sensitive meditation: guidelines and precautions
    2. Trauma-sensitive yoga teaching guidelines and precautions, as well as adaptive yoga asana sequence protocols and modifications for these military populations: