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Sivananda Training

Teaching Yoga in Military/Veteran Settings

March 23 to 29, 2018  |  Sivananda Ashram, Bahamas

$790

Join Susan Alden, an Army veteran and Executive Director of Warriors at Ease, Annie Okerlin, a leading expert on adaptive yoga for veterans, and Nick Caris, a Marine Corps veteran and experienced therapeutic yoga teacher, to learn best practices for teaching yoga to military service members, veterans, and their families.   Topics covered include the key distinctions between “yogic culture” and “military culture” and why they matter; trauma-sensitive teaching guidelines and precautions; as well as yoga asana protocols and modifications for specific military/veteran populations that address injury recovery, behavior mental health, and combat-related health conditions.  This course also integrates ample time for self-care practices.

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 to service members, veterans, caretakers and military families
  • Ways to create a “safe container” and why its essential when working with survivors of trauma
  • Basic neuroscience associated with trauma
  • General understanding of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and Military Sexual Trauma (MST)
  • Practical guidelines for working with emotional reactions in class
  • Strategies and tips for initiating a class or workshop series in military facilities and communities
  • Fundamental understanding of moral injury and pathways for post-traumatic growth

Part 2:  Advanced Teaching Skills for Trauma-Related Health Conditions

In the second part of the course you will learn and practice teaching:

  • Teaching trauma-sensitive meditation: guidelines, precautions & best practices
  • Pranayama (breathing) techniques that are most effective in reducing hyper-arousal and promoting self-regulation
  • 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 injury/illness, TBI, spinal cord injuries, and amputations
    • veterans and service-members in wheelchairs
  • Practices that support self regulation, promote healing, and enhance preventive health in military/veteran communities

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

Attendance in this training qualifies for 58 contact hours through Yoga Alliance.

This course is the equivalent of Warriors at Ease training Levels 1 & 2.  Upon completion of this course, trainees will be invited to enter a mentorship and self-study program in order to become a Certified Warriors at Ease Teacher.

To learn more and register, please visit the Sivananda website.

Self-Paced Online Training

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$395

This is a self-paced course that involves seven (90 minute) webinars and as well as live a discussion group with Warriors at Ease faculty.  This course is fundamental to all other WAE training.  Scholarships are available for service members, veterans, spouses of injured veterans and Gold Star family members.

CLICK HERE to learn about course prerequisites, learning objectives and more.

ON-GOING  |  Register anytime.

$295

This course is made up of four self-paced webinars (120 minutes each) and a live discussion group with Warriors at Ease faculty and teachers.  Scholarships are available for service members, veterans, spouses of injured veterans and Gold Star family members.

CLICK HERE to learn about course prerequisites, learning objectives and more.

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