Trauma-Informed Yoga Series
6-week trauma-informed yoga series designed for LGBTQ+ people of all skill levels and ability. Classes will be held in the barn of the Pride Center starting on October 13th and will last approximately 1 hour.
- Friday, October 13th @ 6:30 pm
- Friday, October 27th @ 6:30 pm
- Friday, November 3rd @ 6:30 pm
- Friday, November 10th @ 6:30 pm
- Saturday, November 18th @ 6:30 pm
- Friday, December 1st @ 6:30 pm
Register here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/W67C35F
More information from the instructor: Brandon Schulze
I was led to meditation when I was young as a means to help create balance in my life after struggling with depression/anxiety. This started me on a 10+ year path of learning and practicing various types of bodywork and meditations by using Energy, Breath, and eventually Massage Therapy. Three years ago due to anxiety and chronic body pain I began taking up Yoga and saw great results with relief in my mood and body. It was a challenge for sure but the results I saw in keeping up a steady Yoga practice made it worth it. Creating a new network of friends, teachers, and training I found the best fit for me at Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy, an internationally recognized Yoga Training facility. The style I teach combines Psychology with Yoga Philosophy and Postures. This can be done one-on-one or with group classes. I am excited to be able to share my experiences and training with others, helping them find a means of bringing about comfort in their body as well as the environment in which they live day to day. I believe the skills learned in Yoga and self-exploration can apply to anyone’s life and create a silent space that allows transformation to unfold. All humans experience trauma, and in traumas we can experience deep growth and understanding, allowing us to appreciate the joys life has to offer.
Week 1 [Oct. 13th] - Inner Child: It is through our childhood that we unwittingly develop and experience traumas that grow and transform into our personal struggles as we grow into adulthood. Creating space with movement and awareness while holding a dialog with our inner child allows us to see an innocent, playful side of ourselves that may have not understood why we felt the way we did when we were young. Through these imprinted notions, our inner child can take control at various times when we are growing. Our inner child is both playful and fun as well as causes limitations in our beliefs about how we see ourselves. Through this class we will find playful movements and self-dialog to tap into what our inner child may be asking of us and how we can use this connection in our lives.
Week 2 [Oct. 21st] - Feminine, Masculine, & Neutral Self: In our world we see love or pains, strengths or weaknesses of our expressions and actions that can be experienced with our inner Feminine, Masculine, & Neutral selves. With this class we will use relaxing flow poses to connect with how we perceive the Feminine, Masculine, and Neutral aspects within ourselves as well as how these parts may see or relate to the world around us.
Week 3 [Oct. 27th] - Exploring Types of Edges: When we reach an edge, we have reached what we perceive to be a physical, mental, or emotional limit. Often brought on by challenges in our daily lives, past traumas, and our current state of being, edges can be explored by means of a physical pose or becoming aware of mental and emotional limitations. Edges are not necessarily painful, they can exist in a Yin or Yang state, having elements both negative and positive. In this class we will explore with movement various Edges and learn how to recognize them as a means of showing ourselves where we are at and where we may be willing to explore beyond an edge.
Week 4 [Nov. 3rd] - Fight, Flight, & Freeze Response: In this class we will explore the benefits of being aware of the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous systems’ response to trauma and triggers. When we experience a traumatic event or are triggered and reminded of one, the sympathetic nervous system responds with Fight, Flight, or Freeze. Creating awareness of how this can happen at small levels or on a larger scale in various situations will help us to overcome these responses. We will learn mind-body tools through movement, breath and mental habits to regain control.
Week 5 [Nov. 10th] - Yoga Philosophy: People often think of Yoga as purely movement (“Asana”), but there are actually 8 different aspects of Yoga. Classes often combine multiple aspects, but a whole class could solely focus on just one, such as breathing (“Pranayama”). Other aspects of Yoga Philosophy include embodied meditation, inner attunement, bliss connection, practices for life, personal practices, and focus or concentration. We will stick with the English wording for these aspects of Yoga and work together as a group on deciding which ones we want to develop more for ourselves.
Week 6 [Nov. 18th] - LGBTQA Spiritual Leadership : Throughout history and even in some modern day cultures, people with LGBTQA identities were often revered or simply accepted as a natural state of being. Queer people were seen as a third gender in some cases, such as the “Berdache” traditions of many Native American cultures who looked to the Queer people of their tribes as gate keepers to the spiritual realms. With our Yoga in this class we will explore individually our role as leaders, both in our communities and of our own spiritual journeys. We will find ways to reclaim this spiritual leadership in today’s society where people are not always as accepting of LGBTQA people.