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"In truth we are always present; we only imagine ourselves to be in one place or another."
—Howard Cohn

Trauma and Spiritual Practice: Mindfulness and Embodied Healing
Sean Feit Oakes
Sunday, April 22, 10:00am - 4:30pm
Community Meditation Center
Sliding Scale $75 - 200. Please bring your lunch. Code SF2D18.
OPEN-Register Here

Many people come to meditation and yoga to help mend old wounds, both physical and emotional. In this study and practice daylong we will explore how the nervous system responds to stress and danger, and how that natural response is affected by trauma, developing into habitual states of anxiety and overwhelm. Trauma is not just caused by intense harmful and shocking experiences, but also by long-term stress and unresolved emotional processes. Meditation and yoga can be very helpful in a trauma recovery process, but do not automatically heal these deep wounds, and may even be destabilizing for some practitioners.

The day will include an introduction to current trauma resolution theory, and specific mindfulness and movement practices that can support healing and resilience. The class will be appropriate for those who suffer from trauma, as well as professional caregivers, family members, and teachers of both meditation and yoga. We will discuss contraindications for common practice instructions, and ways to care for ourselves and others in spiritual practice and daily life.
Young Adults (18-26) and Seniors (65+ with limited income) are invited to attend this day for $45.


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