Trauma-Sensitive Yoga in the Sivananda Tradition

Joann Lutz L.I.C.S.W.Friday, January 19 – Sunday, January 21, 2018Tuition : $150.00






Course Description

For yoga teachers and for yoga students with an interest in reducing the symptoms of psychological trauma, anxiety, depression or chronic stress; and for highly-sensitive individuals. While it may be a helpful adjunct, this introductory weekend is not a treatment for these conditions. If you are having disabling symptoms, please consult your medical professional before registering.  Participants will learn how Sivananda yoga can be used to moderate the physiological basis for the above conditions. Included are the basics of the

  • autonomic nervous system and how it becomes dysregulated;
  • evidence-based elements of Sivananda yoga which rebalance the system;
  • trauma-sensitive chair yoga postures, breathing practices and deep relaxation which can be practiced on your own for a yogic program of self-healing.

Course Schedule

6:00-7:30am: Satsang
8:00-10:00am: Trauma informed Yoga practice
10:00am: Brunch
11:00am: Karma Yoga
12:00-3:00pm: Class Lecture on teaching trauma informed yoga
4:00-6:00pm: Trauma informed Yoga practice
6:00pm: Dinner
8:00-9:30pm: Satsang

Arrival and Departure

Arrival: The course will begin on the first Date with Ashram Orientation at 7pm followed by Satsang at 8pm. 
Departure: The course will finish on the final date at 1pm or after the final workshop.

We encourage you to arrive by 4pm on the first Day making the most out of the afternoon by joining us for the Asana class and dinner. You are always welcome and encouraged to extend your stay to any length before or after the course. Please indicate your desired arrival and departure dates on your registration form.

What to Bring

slip on shoes, loose comfortable clothing, writing materials, meditation shawl or blanket, yoga mat, flashlight. All books and materials are available in our boutique.

Accommodation Prices and Photos

Tenting: $50/night

Om Cabins
 - Dorm: $65/night per person
 - Double: $85/night per person
 - Single: $130/night

Siva Cabins
 - Double: $120/night per person
 - Single: $170/night

Deluxe Shanti Cabins 
- Triple: $120/night per person
- Double: $160/night per person
- Single: $240/night
- Family of two: $280/night per family
- Family of three: $320/night per family

Accommodation Discounts: Seniors (60+) 10% & Students 10%

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Joann Lutz L.I.C.S.W.

Joann lectures internationally on the influence of yoga on the nervous system. She has been practicing Sivananda/Integral Yoga for 40 years and teaching them for 30. She currently practices as a psychotherapist in Northampton, Ma. and teaches yoga to veterans with PTSD at the Veteran's Administration Hospital in Leeds, Ma. She was the staff yoga instructor for Walden Behavioral Care Eating Disorders Program in Northampton. She is Certified in Trauma-sensitive Yoga, developed by Dr. Bessel van der Kolk at The Trauma Center in Brookline, Ma.; in Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy through the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers; in Integral Yoga (Advanced Certification) with Swami Satchidananda; in EMDR and in Psychosynthesis. She completed Level One of the Somatic Experiencing training, developed by Dr. Peter Levine. Joann has taught yoga at Omega Institute; Harbin Hot Springs; Rowe Conference Center; Sivananda Yoga Retreat, Bahamas, and other venues.