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BOOKED OUT: MAY 2019 50-hour Advanced Yoga Training in Trauma, Mental Health and Body Image

Are you a qualified yoga teacher, wanting to feel confident and equipped to offer more specialised support for your students, but are unsure exactly how to refine your teaching skills to be most sensitive to working with complex and vulnerable situations and communities? This training is for you.

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BOOKED OUT: MAY 2019 50-hour Advanced Yoga Training in Trauma, Mental Health and Body Image
BOOKED OUT: MAY 2019 50-hour Advanced Yoga Training in Trauma, Mental Health and Body Image

Time & Location

May 16, 2019, 8:30 AM – May 19, 2019, 5:30 PM

Govinda Valley Retreat, 51 Lady Carrington Rd, Otford NSW 2508, Australia

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About the event

PLEASE EMAIL INFO@SARAHBALL.COM.AU TO ADD YOUR NAME TO THE WAITLIST FOR THE NEXT TRAINING, AS THIS TRAINING HAS BOOKED OUT.

Are you a qualified yoga teacher, wanting to feel confident and equipped to offer more specialised support for your students, but are unsure exactly how to refine your teaching skills to be most sensitive to working with complex and vulnerable situations and communities? This 50-hour advanced teacher training is designed specifically for you.

What is the training?

This 50-hour 4-day advanced training is for qualified yoga teachers, focusing on Yoga for Trauma, Anxiety, Depression, and Body Image. The training is non-residential with an option to stay at the retreat centre if preferred. All modules are integrated from a person-centred, ethics-oriented, social-justice perspective. The course is designed to create deep shifts in the way you think about yoga, social justice and mental and spiritual health, and support you to be a confident facilitator of safe and empowering spaces for yoga to be shared in the context of challenging personal and psychological experiences in the lives of your students.

Based on contemporary research, social justice principles, and underpinned by the framework of the highly popular workshops and programs below (among many others), developed by your facilitator Sarah Ball over 15 years of teaching yoga and working with trauma, mental health, and eating and body image issues.

Who is it for?

The training is designed for yoga teachers who genuinely want to feel confident and equipped to offer more specialised support for their students, but are unsure exactly how to refine their teaching skills to be most sensitive to working with complex and vulnerable situations and communities. If you're among this community of teachers, then this course is tailored specifically to train you in these areas so you can feel confident and clear in your approach to mental health, trauma, and body image, in your teaching.

A minimum certification of 200 hour yoga teaching is required to attend the course (teachers-in-training who are currently completing a minimum 200 hour certification may also enrol). The training is kept below 20 participants, to ensure there's plenty of opportunity for integration of learning.

Modules and Topics Covered

Day 1: Trauma Sensitive Yoga + Social Justice Principles for Yoga Teachers

  • Yoga and Trauma: Understanding and applying the 4 primary principles of the Trauma Sensitive Yoga method
  • Methods of working with the nervous system to create greater safety in individuals and groups
  • Introduction to trauma informed practice as a wider social movement in the ‘helping professions’.
  • How yoga can be adapted in specific contexts to support trauma sensitive principles
  • A suite of simple teaching principles and practices that can be integrated into daily life, group yoga classes, and 1:1 yoga sessions
  • Methods of teaching public yoga classes with a trauma-informed approach
  • The scope of professional practice for yoga teachers in the field of mental health, trauma and body image.
  • Bringing life experience to teaching: peer work and the appropriate use of self-disclosure and lived experience.
  • Social Justice in Mental Health: The role of critical reflection in influencing how and what we teach
  • The Art of Facilitation: creating and sustaining a safe space
  • Providing tools in the yoga space that encourage acceptance self-empowerment, connection, agency and change.

Day 2 and 3: Yoga for Anxiety, Depression, and Mental Health

  • Mental Health through Multiple Lenses: yoga, western psychology and questioning pathology
  • Narratives of mental health: Ways of thinking about anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues using a narrative approach
  • How to adapt yoga for anxiety reduction
  • How to adapt yoga to support depression
  • The ecology of healing: The intersection of the koshas and ecological systems theory
  • A bio-psycho-social framework for teaching yoga for mental health
  • Working with the needs of the individual: avoiding a prescriptive approach
  • When and why to avoid certain practices for specific mental health issues
  • Spiritual Bypassing – what is it, and how does it show up in the yoga world
  • Working with ‘shadow’ - our own and those of others
  • Specific practices and teaching methods that work with the nervous system to support relief from psychological and emotional experiences, including anxiety, depression, grief, anger, and burnout
  • How to structure classes to cater to diverse mental health needs in one space

Day 4: Yoga for Body Image (+ Personal Practice Considerations + Self-Care)

  • Yoga and Body Image: How Yoga Harms, How Yoga Heals
  • Unpacking the notion of the ‘Yoga Body’
  • Encouraging environments of body-positivity and body-acceptance in yoga classes, 1:1 sessions, and personal practice
  • Balancing acceptance and change in the yoga space
  • Working with the damage wrought by the ‘transformation fantasy’ as it relates to the body and yoga in the west, while honouring the transcendent possibility of the practices
  • Practical approaches to welcoming difference and diversity in yoga spaces
  • Codependence in yoga teaching: how to work with the distress of others without moving to save or fix
  • Sustaining our own practice and passion for this work
  • Cultivating active hope in the face of the difficulties of our students and communities.

There will also be plenty of time for discussion and questions, as well as ample opportunity to practice facilitating the methods and practices explored in the theoretical modules.

Home study requirements to meet 50-hours of Training

The vast majority of the course content is covered over the 4-day intensive. However, in order to meet the 50 hours of training and receive a certificate of completion, the following activities are required:

  • Read the required text (this needs to be read prior to the training), and at least one of the recommended texts either prior to, or following the training, and write a 250 word summary of your key learnings from each book:
  • Required reading: Overcoming Trauma Through Yoga by David Emerson and Elizabeth Hopper (write a 250 word summary of your key learning)
  • Recommended Readings (choose at least one and write a 250 word summary of your key learning)​​

1. Yoga for Depression by Amy Weintraub

2. Yoga for Emotional Balance by Bo Forbes

3. Yoga and Body Image edited by Melanie Klein and Anna Guest-Jelley

PLEASE NOTE: If reading these texts is not possible for you for any reason, please get in touch to discuss alternative methods of meeting additional study requirements.

Also included in the training...

  • Resources for key topics and methods covered
  • Membership to a closed facebook group for ongoing peer feedback and resource sharing beyond the training
  • Optional priority booking for 1:1 mentoring with Sarah in-person or on Skype following the training (limited number of spots available as Sarah's clinic is often booked out)
  • Nourishing lunch and refreshments provided daily
  • Attracts CPD points
  • Certificate of completion for 50-hours of advanced yoga teacher training

Your Facilitator

Sarah Ball has been teaching yoga for over fifteen years, and regularly facilitates on level 1 and 2 yoga teacher trainings as well as yoga therapy trainings. She is also a qualified social worker, counsellor, and art therapist, specialising in mental health, social justice, positive body image, eating disorders, and trauma recovery, who has developed the popular Yoga for Anxiety and Depression 8-week course, 4-week intro to Trauma Sensitive Yoga, and Body Love Yoga programs. Sarah also teaches the trauma informed practice and mental health subjects in the Bachelor of Social Work program at the University of Wollongong.

Sarah's yoga courses and facilitation are informed by her extensive ongoing training in a wide variety of yoga approaches. Her programs offer a fusion of trauma-sensitive, body-positive, hatha, vinyasa flow, Vini, yoga therapy, and yin yoga methods, with an emphasis on the power of yoga to inform and transform our lives beyond the yoga mat. She is also an affiliate member of the Yoga and Body Image Coalition and senior facilitator for Off the Mat, Into the World Australia.

Sarah runs a private clinic in Bulli NSW and on Skype, working with counselling and yoga teacher mentoring, specialising in 1:1 and group therapy for anxiety, depression, trauma, body image, emotional eating and eating disorder recovery.

Investment Options

OPTION 1: NON-RESIDENTIAL

This option includes the 4-day Training program, as well as resources, and nourishing lunch and snack each day (earlybird $1250) Full fee $1350

OPTION 2 : RESIDENTIAL STAY FOR DURATION OF TRAINING

(INCLUDING QUAD SHARE ACCOMODATION AT THE BEAUTIFUL GOVINDA VALLEY RETREAT CENTRE)

This booking option includes all described in option 1, plus 3-nights residential quad-share stay at the retreat centre on Thurs-Sat nights, including meals and refreshments (Lunch and dinner on Thursday, all 3 meals on Friday + Saturday, and breakfast and lunch on Sunday). Limited to 12 quad-share spots. (Earlybird $1500). Full fee from March 16th $1600

OPTION 3 : ADD MENTORING TO YOUR BOOKING

  • Add a single 1-hour mentoring session with Sarah post-training $120
  • Add a 6-session package of monthly mentoring sessions with Sarah post-training $600

EARLYBIRD DATES: Earlybird fees apply until two months prior to the training (March 16th 2019). 

RE MENTORING: These sessions can be in-person at the clinic in Bulli NSW, or on Skype following the training (limited number of spots available as the clinic is often booked out)

PAYMENT PLANS AVAILABLE with a $300 non-refundable deposit- please get in touch to discuss.

Terms and conditions of payment can be found here.

COMPLETED THE TRAUMA SENSITIVE YOGA TRAINING WITH ME BEFORE? Please note: A fee reduction of $100 from any of the above booking options is available for students who have already completed the 1-day intensive trauma sensitive yoga training with me. You are still welcome to attend day one of the training to refresh the Trauma Sensitive Teaching method, or can receive recognition of prior learning for this day - please get in touch to arrange this option.

Venue and Training Times

  • Training dates for 2019 are Thursday May 16th to Sunday May 19th.
  • The training will be held at the beautiful Govinda Valley Retreat Centre in Otford, NSW, which is just 75 minutes south of the Sydney CBD.
  • The training will run from 8:30am-5:30pm daily.

What Others are Saying About training and courses for Anxiety, Depression, Trauma and Body Image with Sarah

"Hi Sarah Thank you so much for yesterday. Your knowledge and delivery is excellent as is your approach. You are one of the best facilitators I have ever experienced, and I felt that your integrity is impeccable. I learnt way more than I expected and believe that you have left me with so much that I will integrate personally as well as professionally over time. I look forward to training with you again in the future." Adrianne, Trauma Sensitive Yoga trainee

"This is a complex body of research. Sarah has the ability to distill important aspects into pieces of information that can be applied to teaching to improve the experience of class members, while also assisting the teacher to identify other areas of personal interest in the subject matter." Fiona, Trauma Sensitive Yoga trainee

"Yoga is not just for the elite, the well, the skinny, the able or the brand wearing. Yoga, just like us, come in many forms, and like us, that’s the beauty of it!! I’ve booked more training with Sarah for next year, and, if you can’t tell by my excitement, I highly recommend her courses for all you yogi teachers out there who need reinvigorating!!!" Jessie, Trauma Sensitive Yoga trainee

"It was a pleasure to meet you on Saturday and to attend such a well delivered, informative, helpful and interesting workshop. Your expertise and passion for your work shines through and creates a positive environment for learning. Thank you for creating a space in which I had a breakthrough of my own and was still be able to learn." Wendy, Trauma Sensitive Yoga teacher trainee

“This is yoga, but not as you may know it through past experiences, or images on social media. This course encourages you to do what you can and offers you a range of options on postures dependent on your capabilities. There is time to rest the body, reflect, learn, and heal yourself.” Jodie, course participant

You can read more of what other's say about trainings and courses with Sarah here.

Tickets

  • 4-day non-residential

    4-day non-residential training including resources, and nourishing lunch and snack each day (earlybird $1250) Full fee from March 16th 2019 is $1350

    A$1,250.00
    Sold Out
  • 4-day Residential training

    4-day Training including resources, and nourishing lunch and snack each day, plus 3-nights residential quad-share stay at the Govinda Valley retreat centre on Thurs-Sat nights, including meals and refreshments (Lunch and dinner on Thursday, all 3 meals on Friday + Saturday, and breakfast and lunch on Sunday). Limited to 12 quad-share spots. (Earlybird $1500 end May 16th 2019). Full fee $1600

    A$1,500.00
    Sold Out
  • Post-training mentoring single

    Add a single 1 hour mentoring session with Sarah post-training to your booking. These sessions can be in-person at the clinic in Bulli NSW, or on Skype following the training (limited number of spots available as mentoring with Sarah is often booked out). Learn more https://www.sarahball.com.au/support-for-yoga-teachers

    A$120.00
  • Post-training mentoring x 6

    Add a 6-session package of monthly 1-hour mentoring sessions with Sarah post-training, to your booking. These sessions can be in-person at the clinic in Bulli NSW, or on Skype following the training (limited number of spots available as mentoring with Sarah is often booked out). Learn more https://www.sarahball.com.au/support-for-yoga-teachers

    A$600.00

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