Over time, as teachers, clinicians, parents, and yoga teachers who are working in high stress environments with students and clients who are considered “at-risk”, we may find ourselves with symptoms similar to those of the people we are serving. Although we may not have directly experienced the same events or have lived through similar traumas, the cumulative effect on us over time can be remarkably similar to the effect on them.
This is not news to those of us on the front lines, but when one stops sleeping well, or when one feels a decreasing desire to get out of bed and go to work in the morning (among other symptoms), the first key is noticing. It sounds so simple, yet secondary trauma can surprisingly manifest itself even within the seasoned practitioner.
Join Joanne Spence, BSW, MA, C-IAYT, certified yoga therapist and executive director of Yoga in Schools, and learn:
- What secondary trauma is and who is at risk.
- How to recognize the early signs of secondary trauma in yourself and others.
- How gentle movement and simple breathing exercises can help you access the parasympathetic nervous system (rest and digest).
- About vagal tone: how to achieve it, why it matters, and how it relates to secondary trauma.
- Five specific tools to address, mitigate, and reduce symptoms.
- How to maintain your equilibrium during your work day.
- Ways to recommit to faithful self-care.
Purchase includes life-time access to video content and downloadable pdf handout.
*This course is eligible for 1.5 Yoga Alliance CE hours