Trauma Informed Yoga Therapy
Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist
6 Week Women's Trauma Yoga Therapy Group
Thursdays April 23rd - June 4th, 2020
(No Class 5/21)
Location: Nurture Denver Nexus Studio, 2949 Federal Blvd, Denver, CO 80211
Cost for 6 week group: $199
($49 deposit holds your space, payment plans available)
Join Alexi Neal, a Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist specializing in trauma and PTSD, for this six week series of trauma-informed yoga therapy and meditation classes. In this process, you will learn to engage your body with the profound awareness, acceptance and choice that allows trauma to transform.
Trauma takes many forms, but often has similar impacts on our lives. Our bodies hold our traumatic memories, creating patterns that play out over and over in our lives and relationships. At the heart of these patterns is the role of the nervous system, the automatic way our bodies respond to the world around us. Whatever your experience, you can enter this space knowing that you will be held in your process, validated, and encouraged to step into your own authentic wisdom. Yoga has been proven to assist in the unravelling of these patterns, especially when attention is paid to how movement and breath interact with the nervous system.
Alexi specializes in working with trauma through the lens of empowerment and acceptance. These patterns and symptoms are not flaws, but rather the coping mechanisms you needed to survive. Now, you have all the wisdom, knowledge and tools needed to thrive. This series will provide a process to allow you to connect, in an embodied, authentic way, with that wisdom. In the course of this connection, as we move our bodies with curiosity and acceptance, our nervous system is given permission to settle, allowing our innate healing potential to activate.
Each week, we will work with a theme that allows us to connect with a different facet of this process. These themes build on each other, ending the six weeks with a complete process of embodied transformation that can be engaged again and again throughout our lives. While the themes connect with the universal experiences of self-connection and transforming trauma, they express themselves in unique ways for each one of us.
With these themes in mind, we will move our bodies, with breath and awareness, seeking out edges - the places of just enough discomfort, a safe space of curiosity. This is where our brains and nervous systems have the opportunity to shift. This is also where we have the opportunity to discover our own inner knowing.
We will end each session with meditation - starting with a short period of time and lengthening as the course progresses. As our ability to hold all of ourselves with love and compassion increases, this meditative space can become a sanctuary as well as a mirror.
Each week you will be sent home with prompts to journal with, a recorded practice to use in between sessions, as well as access to a closed Facebook group to share experiences and support each other.
No yoga or meditation experience is needed to benefit fully from this process.
Please note that this is a closed group, which means that we will allow no new participants to join once we have begun. This helps ensure a safe, comfortable space for all. Commitment to all sessions is necessary.
Alexi started practicing yoga when she was just twelve years old, following along with videos of Rodney Yee in the living room with her mother. In 2012 she completed her first yoga teacher training, but after six years of teaching she found that there was a deeper layer of work calling to her. This eventually led to Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy, where she completed her 600 hour certification in 2018.
Through this process, Alexi discovered how her own body was clinging to past traumas, and impacted every layer of her life. Now her passion is in helping people rediscover their strength and wisdom in the aftermath of grief and trauma. Having experienced both the empowerment and acceptance that comes from embodied processing, she decided to give all her energy to offering this transformation to others.
Outside of yoga and this practice, Alexi loves to hike, is always in the middle of a few books, and relishes a good cup of chai tea.