Unlocking the Past: A Yogic Perspective on Healing Intergenerational Trauma


Tuesday, April 18, 2023 – 8:00 pm Eastern / 5:00 pm Pacific
Thursday, April 20, 2023 – 8:00 pm Eastern / 5:00 pm Pacific

“Research suggests that unresolved PTSD can facilitate lasting physiological changes and that these modifications can be passed on to the next generation.” -Dr. Arielle Schwartz

Does your family come with a secret story that is hard to tell?

Indeed, most of us grow up in families which carry with us some history of past traumatic experiences.

Sometimes these stories have been deeply imprinted into our minds by frequent retellings. In other families, trauma stories function more like sworn secrets that have been tightly tucked away or only referred to in whispered voices.

In such situations, we may feel like detectives making inferences based on the clues available. Unpacking family legacies can be quite uncomfortable at times; for us or for family members who are invested in the past and staying in the past.

But even when tucked away in the murky shrouds of the past, trauma remains an invisible force that shapes our lives. When the wounds of one generation remain unresolved, they can be passed on to the next generations. Intergenerational trauma affects our approach to life, our interpretation of the events in our lives, and our resilience in the face of challenges.

“Trauma,” in the words of trauma expert Gabor Maté, is not what happens to you. Trauma is what happens inside you, as a result of what happens to you. Trauma is the seed from which troubling behaviors and diseases spring in the wounded human soul.”

Addiction, anxiety, depression, autoimmune disorders – all of these issues often have their roots in unresolved past trauma. And in the case of intergenerational or collective trauma, we may not even realize the connection.

How can we heal the effects of past trauma? If we have a family history of trauma, how can we learn to develop greater resilience in the face of challenges?

And, if we are part of a community that has experienced collective trauma over multiple generations – like, unfortunately, most people in the African American community – how can we find a way to avoid having the wounds of history dominate our present reality?

In this online course, renowned trauma expert and psychologist Dr. Arielle Schwartz takes us on a journey to chart a meaningful path through intergenerational and collective trauma.

Learn how certain yoga practice approaches offer a powerful force for resolving past trauma or dealing with current challenges.

Trauma involves both our biology and our psychology, so dealing with trauma involves as much attending to your body as your mind. Yoga offers the perfect vehicle for that.

When we attend to the body, we recognize that the somatic experience provides us with feedback about the self and can give us insight into other people and our environment.

Embodiment is an ever-changing, dynamic relationship between you, your circumstances, your relationships, and the world. This perspective allows us to attend to our personal wounds and the impact of past trauma.

Your family history provides insight into your predispositions but does not need to define you,” notes Dr. Schwartz. “The outcome of healing from trauma is regaining a sense of choice about how you live your life.”

Dr. Schwartz’s integrative model integrates therapeutic yoga with perspectives drawn from Somatic Psychology, EMDR Therapy, and Parts Work Therapies. Inspired by her work on post-traumatic growth, Dr. Schwartz highlights the resilience of the human spirit, even in the face of adversity.

What You Will Learn

  • How to recognize intergenerational and collective trauma in yourself and your students
  • How to work with your intergenerational trauma legacy to heal the wounds of the past
  • How developing greater somatic awareness with yoga can help to structure new neural pathways and behaviors that empower you to break out of the habits and patterns of the past
  • Understand Embodiment as related to generational trauma
  • How to attend to somatic symptoms of trauma within therapeutic yoga
  • How the science of neuroplasticity relates to collective and legacy trauma recovery
  • How to develop greater resilience and empowerment in the face of trauma
  • Key Practices to support Post-Traumatic Growth.

This Course Also Includes:

  • Yoga Practice Video: Enjoy a yoga practice video that accompanies this course.
  • 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.

This course includes 2 one-hour lectures, plus a recorded yoga practice video and qualifies for 3 non-contact CEs with Yoga Alliance.

Join us live or listen to the recordings!
Tuesday, April 18, 2023 – 8:00 pm Eastern / 5:00 pm Pacific
Thursday, April 20, 2023 – 8:00 pm Eastern / 5:00 pm Pacific

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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