Therapeutic Yoga for Trauma Recovery: Applying the Principles of Polyvagal Theory for Self-Discovery, Embodied Healing, and Meaningful Change


Have you ever faced challenges in your life that were so overwhelming that they brought you to the edge of your coping skills?

If so, you are a survivor of trauma – and, indeed, you are not alone. Nine out of ten people have experienced periods of such intense stress that it qualifies as a traumatic experience – i.e., an experience that overwhelms one’s capacity to mentally, emotionally, and physically cope with or process the experience.

Intense trauma and stress, sadly, are part of the human condition. And for many of us, they leave lasting imprint in mind and body – affecting the balance of our nervous system, making us more brittle, and undermining our resilience and coping skills.

In recent years, however, the insights from polyvagal theory have cast new light on how can we heal the imprint of trauma in mind and body. And as it happens, many of the techniques in yoga offer a particularly effective path to healing the pain of the past.

Join us for a not-to-be-missed course with renowned author and yoga therapist Dr. Arielle Schwartz on Yoga for Trauma Recovery – Keys to Healing the Past and Fostering Lasting Change.

Dr. Arielle has worked closely with Dr. Stephen Porges for numerous years. She is a trained somatic psychotherapist and trauma treatment expert with more than twenty years of experience applying the tools of yoga for trauma recovery.

Learn how specific yogic practices can help heal the mind by working on the level of the body. With the right approach, yoga enables us to address physiological imbalances through practices that allow us to reconnect with our body, balance the breath, move stuck energy, and rest into stillness.

Many of the symptoms of traumatic stress are due to an imbalance in the autonomic nervous system. Trauma survivors are often flooded by intrusive sensations or emotions and as a result, can become hypervigilant to their surroundings or they may shut down with fatigue and depression.

The effects of trauma are as much physical as they are psychological. For this reason, body-centered interventions can be particularly useful to rebalance body and mind and heal the imprint from the past.

Within this course, you will learn tools to enhance your personal yoga practice. Through the lens of polyvagal theory, you will learn how the vagus nerve is a bi-directional information highway between mind and body.

And, you will learn to fine-tune your health with breath, movement, and awareness practices that become the building blocks of a life-changing daily practice.

What you will learn:

  • How is trauma held in the body, and what you can do to heal
  • Yogic techniques to apply polyvagal theory to release the imprint of trauma
  • The two levels of co-regulation and how this benefits you and your students
  • How to use pranayama to facilitate optimal heart rate variability (HRV) to enhance your health
  • How to naturally and gently increase vagal tone and vagal efficiency to restore nervous system balance
  • Building blocks for a home-based therapeutic yoga practice to nourish your nervous system

This Course Also Includes:

  • Yoga Practice Video: Enjoy a yoga practice video that accompanies this course designed by Dr. Arielle Schwartz.
  • Recordings of All Webinar Sessions: It’s generally acknowledged that many people only retain 10-20 percent of what they learn in a workshop. You will get access to the recordings of all webinar sessions – both MP3 (downloadable) and MP4 (streaming online), enabling you to go back and listen to the workshop as many times as you like.
  • Transcripts of All Sessions: Ever wanted to refer to a certain part of a course? Even the best note-takers miss a point every so often. With the transcripts of the webinar sessions, you can go back and refer to particularly important passages or clarify sections you were in doubt about.

About the Speaker:

Arielle Schwartz, Ph.D., E-YRT is a psychologist, internationally sought-out teacher, yoga instructor, and leading voice in healing PTSD and complex trauma. She is the author of six books, including Therapeutic Yoga for Trauma Recovery, The Complex PTSD Workbook, and The Post Traumatic Growth Guidebook. Dr. Schwartz has a depth of understanding, passion, kindness, compassion, joy, and a succinct way of speaking about very complex topics. She is the founder of the Center for Resilience Informed Therapy in Boulder, Colorado. Dr. Schwartz believes that the journey of trauma recovery is an awakening of the spiritual heart. Discover more at

This course qualifies for 3.5 CEs with Yoga Alliance.

Arielle Schwartz, Ph.D., E-YRT is a psychologist, internationally sought-out teacher, yoga instructor, and leading voice in the healing of PTSD and complex trauma.

$127/ Lifetime Access

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