Teaching Yoga and Meditation in Military Settings

Part 1 + Part 2A+2B Combination Courses
Fundamentals plus Residential Practicum and Teaching Trauma Sensitive Meditation
Cost: $849 (accommodation and meals are a separate charge)
Yoga Alliance CEUs: 42.5 contact hours

Date: Mar 19- Mar 25, 2016
Location: Sivananda Yoga Ashram, Bahamas
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(watch this video from a participant about her experience at our course http://vimeo.com/40645652 )

Fundamentals: 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

Residential Practicum:

  • Teaching Trauma Sensitive Meditation
  • Advanced Teaching Skills For Addressing Combat-Related Issues:

In the second part of the course you will learn about:

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 (click here for more information on certification.)

Please visit the Sivananda Ashram in the Bahamas website for the refund policy.

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