My favorite trauma researcher and author Dr. Bessel van der Kolk will be presenting a weekend program along with Licia Sky, LMT, BFA, at the Kripalu Center in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. I've found movement and yoga to be essential to my recovery program.
Looks like an amazing program, running October 23–25, 2015 and January 1–3, 2016.
For health professionals, therapists, yoga instructors, and others interested in the nature of trauma. Overcoming trauma means fully engaging in the present without being hijacked by survival-related emotions and sensations. Success means allowing yourself to know what you know and feel what you feel without reentering the past. Recovery depends on physical experiences that contradict sensations and feelings of helplessness and disconnection.
This program, based on the practices of yoga and mindfulness meditation, includes
- Current research on trauma
- An exploration of how overwhelming experiences change the capacity for self-regulation and how imprints of trauma are held in the body
- How brain function is shaped by experience
- Specific techniques that affect regulation, the integration of dissociated aspects of experience, chronic helplessness, and the reintegration of human connections.