Trauma-Informed Resilient Yoga for All Addictions

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$100.00 Trauma Informed Resilient Yoga for All Addictions

Monday, June 20, 1-5 pm

Online and In-Person

Vaccine required class- please bring your vaccination card in with you

Heather will share her 20 years of experience as a person recovering from addictions and as a trauma-informed yoga therapist specializing in addictions recovery. Science is helping us to understand that unresolved traumas held in the body need to be brought into healing from addiction. Resilience is the process of adapting well in the face of daily stress and is something that is not necessarily addressed in the treatment of addictions. Evidence-based studies are showing that trauma-informed yoga can give people tools of self-regulation and self-soothing that are accessible any time and in any place, and can aid in cultivating a positive recovery process.

People in recovery report that they can’t do yoga because they "can’t sit still”, or “they can’t sit on the floor”, or “the breathwork made them have a panic attack”. This can perpetuate the feeling of isolation which is one of the painful experiences of addiction. In this training, Heather will help you learn how to hold compassionate and safe yoga spaces for all who are abstaining from addiction so that they can experience the “medicine” of yoga. 

By understanding all the layers of addiction through the philosophy of yoga, the latest science, and trauma-informed yoga tools of resiliency, Heather will help you to develop an awareness of how integral trauma-informed yoga is to the recovery process. This workshop will help you feel more confident to share yogic tools in substance abuse rehabilitation centers or with people in recovery from any addiction.

You will learn:

  • How science is helping us to understand that addiction is a brain disease and unresolved traumas held in the body need to be brought into the healing of addiction
  • How to use education on the autonomic nervous system and brain structures to aid in empowering people in recovery to participate more fully in helping the body heal, and the nervous system regulate
  • How the philosophy of yoga has always been a therapeutic system that addresses the suffering of the obsessive mind
  • How to teach yogic tools of resiliency (anywhere/anytime) to help people abstaining from an addiction befriend the body, breathing exercises to aid in emotional balance and affirmations for positive self-esteem and wholeness
  • How to create an inclusive yoga practice through customization with a chair/wall and gentle breathwork

Heather Hagaman

Heather Hagaman MA C-IAYT is the Director of Beloved Yoga’s  Befriending Therapeutic Programs with a specialization in Trauma and Recovery in Reston.  She has a Masters in Psychology from Marymount University and is a board certified Yoga Therapist.  Heather also holds a Certification in Trauma Sensitive Yoga from David Emerson and Dr. Bessel Van der Kolk (Kripalu).

Heather is a pioneer in the new field of Yoga and Trauma Recovery. This emerging field utilizes Trauma Informed Yoga and Meditation to help people start to move beyond PTSD, Addiction, Anxiety, and Depression and start to build fulfilling lives.  There are numerous studies now that show that Yoga compliments addictions and trauma recovery.  Heather has worked extensively with psychotherapists and health practitioners to assist clients in reaching their wellness goals.

Heather believes that recovering from trauma requires healing of the mind, the body and the breath. Many people in addictions recovery have experienced traumatic stressors from childhood.  These events can create havoc in one’s nervous system and set up a maladaptive coping system for years to come.  Yoga helps to move the stuck energy in the body; it helps release the issues that live in our tissues. Once released, a person can begin to learn yogic tools to self regulate and to self soothe.  Yoga helps one to pause and not run from the feelings but flow with them as energies.  Yogic tools help the person to stay present, breathe and grounded rather than to reach and run to the outside world for an instant fix. 

 By creating a non-judgmental and confidential environment, Heather holds sacred space to help her clients connect and feel safe in their own bodies. This space encourages clients to experience inner connections and a way back to wholeness. Clients are given enormous control in their sessions and are encouraged to approach their practice with curiosity and mindfulness. This approach assists her clients in developing body awareness through intereoception (the sense of the physiological condition of the body) to cultivate the feeling of being grounded and embodied. Grounding invites you to sense your body, notice your tension patterns, and surrender the weight of your physical body into gravity to feel the support of the earth. As a resource for trauma recovery, grounding can help you reclaim a sense of safety, feel rooted in the present moment, and strengthen your resilience.  

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