In this inaugural episode Hala and I dissect the core components to creating a safer, more trauma sensitive environment when teaching yoga. Hala offers invaluable advice about what yoga teachers should ask themselves before stepping in the yoga room and what we need to understand about the nervous system so that we don't cause harm to our students. Hala also offers outstanding advice about how to navigate different stress levels within the yoga space and how to understand where yoga fits in in the range of tools available for stress management.
Hala Khouri, M.A., SEP, E-RYT (she/her), is a sought-after speaker and trainer on the subject of trauma, embodiment and social justice. She has been teaching yoga and movement for over 25 years and has been doing clinical work and trainings for 15 years. Hala is a co-founder of Off the Mat, Into the World, a training organization that bridges yoga and activism within a social justice framework and an Adjunct Professor at Pitzer College. She leads Collective Resilience trauma informed yoga trainings nationally. Hala also trains direct service providers and educators to be trauma informed and culturally responsive. She leads a monthly, online membership program called Radical Wellbeing. She is the author of Peace from Anxiety: Get Grounded, Build Resilience and Stay Connected Amidst the Chaos (Shambhala). Follow Hala's instagram here.
Opening and Closing music: Other People's Photographs courtesy of Daniel Zaitchik. Follow Daniel on Spotify.
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