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Teach to Transform Trauma Leadership Training with Catherine Ashton
Friday, July 21st - Sunday, July 23rd
9:00am - 5:00pm
Hosted at the Midland Country Club

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Teach To Transform Trauma is a comprehensive three day certification program that marries the emerging and developing field of traumatology with the ancient wisdom and healing of Yoga philosophy, principles and teaching.

Open to Yoga Teachers, Therapists & Social Workers, Nurses, community workers, medical personnel, activists, educators and anyone effected by, working with or interested in working with trauma.  The training and curriculum provide a comprehensive approach to trauma recovery that couples the somatic with the cognitive experience providing the foundation for implementing an actual program which blends a more “traditional,” supportive talk group experience with that of a specially designed yet “classical” Yoga class that is trauma informed in nature.

Learning Objectives:
•           The nature of Trauma and the Survival & Stress Response
•           The different types, prevalence and effects of traumatic stress
•                Recognizing the signs and symptoms of trauma
•              Current trauma theories, neurobiology and physiology
•           How our story shows up in our bodies and body memories
•           The relationship of shame and trauma and why the words won’t come
•           The body as the home of our emotions
•           The Chakra system as a healing framework yoking the intrinsic qualities of each
chakra with childhood development, psycho-spirituality, energetic imbalances and
Yoga asana
•           The overlay of trauma and Yoga and how the healing happens
•           The impact of trauma on the practice of & teaching Yoga
•           How to create a sacred, safe, open and inclusive space

•               How to create a mindful and sustainable experience which cultivates distress
tolerance, resiliency building and enhanced self-regulation with present moment
awareness to utilize both on and off the mat.
Understand the basics of facilitating a focused and supportive group experience
•           Understand the distinction between and the basics of teaching both a trauma sensitive
and trauma focused Yoga class and experience that is empowerong and feels safe

•               How to create and teach a trauma informed class including principles of, sequencing,
adjustments & language

•           How to offer weekly Yoga for Trauma Recovery classes in the community, treatment
and studio settings.

Join us to help transform trauma one mat at a time. Includes lecture and discussion, personal & experiential exercises and daily practice.  The training provides 24 CEUs that fulfill Yoga Alliance requirements and that has been accepted for other professions.  Students may wish to solely take this three day Intensive for their own intentions and/or, if a Yoga Teacher or Teacher in Training,  may wish to complete the additional phase of certification and independent study following the intensive.

Required Reading

Emerson, David and Hopper, Elizabeth, PhD, Overcoming Trauma Through YogaReclaimingYour Body (Berkeley, California, North Atlantic Books, 2011).

Levine, Waking the Tiger (Berkeley, California, North Atlantic Books, 1997)

The readings need not be completed prior to the Intensive and the comprehensive training manual will be provided and emailed to individual participants shortly before the program begins to use in electronic or paper form.

*****Please bring a journal, required reading and a yoga mat. 

Catherine Ashton, E-RYT is a registered & experienced Yoga Teacher, certified therapist, licensed healthcare administrator and board certified Trauma Expert. Catherine currently teaches Yoga full time at a number of studios in the Chicago south suburbs, is on faculty for the Yoga Teacher Training Program at Reflections Yoga Center and is the Director for the program at YoUnique Yoga of NWI. Catherine facilitates and leads special workshops & seminars as well as maintains a private practice dedicated to wellness & mind body therapies.

Catherine’s experience is that Yoga has the ability to touch our bodies & spirit in a way & depth that words may never reach, gently releasing sometimes stuck energies, wounds and trauma while uncovering our own natural healing. Catherine recognizes and has personally experienced the beauty, strength, joy and healing of the practice in her own life as well as a professional therapist supporting yoga as an integral component of mind – body therapies.
She is committed to bringing the tradition of Yoga, as well as its teachings & the healing qualities of the practice to others. Catherine grew up in California, is a long standing student & teacher of yoga & draws from her graduate studies in Clinical Psychology and extensive experience in yoga and the mental health field to provide a holistic approach to living and working with others.
Please call or write for more information about special workshops, seminars, Corporate Wellness Programs or outreach needs.

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90 minute Endurance Ride - YES you can!!!

Join us every 1st Sunday of the month at 10:00am and push your body, mind, and spirit through 90 minutes of Endurance Training on our Spinner Bikes – no challenge – no change!

Bikes are limited – Reserve your today:

July 9th  ***2nd Sunday of July***

August 6th

September 3rd

October 1st

November 5th

December 3rd

If you are in it for the long haul, this 90-minute endurance ride is made for YOU!
A 90 minute journey together, working on building muscular endurance, aerobic capacity, and perfecting your cadence work.Train your body and mind to break past your usual 45 – 60 minute long ride.
This class is an excellent class to build mileage and longevity for future rides and classes.

The emphasis of endurance training is finding a comfortable heart rate and pedaling style that can be maintained for a long period of time. Endurance training is your fitness foundation and key for increasing aerobic capacity and improving efficiency in metabolizing fat, pedaling efficiency and long-term energy.

Join us every month  at 10:00am and experience the stamina, strength, and excitement that a 90 minute ride can bring to your day and fitness routine!

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Vinyasa Flow Moon Salutations - Chandra Namaskar

Moon Salutations, or Chandra Namaskar, is a receptive, meditative and cooling practice intended to help you release the energy you no longer need and create a calm and restoring nature back to your body, mind, and breath.
This Vinyasa Style practice will encompass mind, body, and spirit – beginning with a guided meditation and moving into our Moon Salutations sequence. Practice will end with a 10 minute Savasana. While students rest and reflect, a smudging ceremony using Clary and White Sage will be performed – intended to fend off negative energies and create blessings, healing, and purification.
Chandra Namaskar aids you in channelizing the lunar energy; which has cool, relaxing, and creative qualities. Chandra Namaskar also stretches the spine, hamstrings, and backs of legs; strengthens leg, arm, back, and stomach muscles.
The moon offers us the ability to feel, learn from the past, and creatively unlock and express our essence.
All levels welcome.

2017 Full Moon Calendar:

July 9th – Buck Moon

August 7th – Sturgeon Moon

September 6th – Harvest Moon

October 5th – Hunter’s Moon

November 4th – Beaver Moon

December 3rd – Cold Moon