SURVIVING ASSAULT: Yoga Therapy as Early Intervention Following Assault or Trauma -
A Strength-Focused Approach for Health and Holistic Practitioners with Yoga Experience
with Diana Tokaji, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500, PRYT, M.Sc.
4-Part Series: October 5, October 19, November 2, November 16,
from 1:00 to 5:30 pm.
If you work with assault, trauma, acute anxiety, or PTSD, this series will support your visceral understanding of the physiology of assault, provide you with new physical practices, and guide you in holding space for another’s pain. Applying yoga therapy’s pancamayakosha model, or five sheaths – body, breath, mind, wisdom, bliss – you’ll experience how a strength-focused approach bridges body to highest wisdom, a process essential to assault survival and to finding one’s courageous path. Just as we might stabilize a painful broken limb prior to hospital care, the broken Being needs stabilization of body and mind when her world is uprooted. This is the primary step that we address: the acute stage that may occur immediately after trauma or repeatedly thereafter. How do we safely support a body that is traumatized? How can a client -- and how do we -- tap inherent wisdom at darkest hours? You will be guided to explore inspirational body and mind practices – resources that draw us toward a new midline, breeding health where trauma once held power.
Part I: Foundational Principles & Practices for Acute Trauma Care
Introduces an illuminating power point, foundational asana, R.A.I.N. and basic touch.
Date: Saturday, October 5, 2019. 1:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Part II: Sensitive Touch & the Art of Presence (Part I is a pre-requisite)
Deep exploration of asana, training in multiple assists and in healthy, productive presence.
Date: Saturday, October 19, 2019. 1:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Part III: The Biology of Courage & Safe Restorative Poses (Parts I & II are pre-req)
Powerful hand mudra, active & restorative asana, the reality of triggers, and neuroscience.
Date: Saturday, November 2, 2019. 1:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Part IV: Creative Recovery - Bridging the Art of Survival (Parts I, II, III are pre-req)
Survival techniques, Creativity for Wellbeing, inspirational body/mind practices, and actions that heal.
Date: Saturday, November 16, 2019. 1:00 pm - 5.30 pm
Please bring pen and pad or journal to the workshops. A folder with many handouts will be provided.
Inspirational assignments (one article, two brief videos, and two short writings) will further integrate the program for participants. For questions and to discuss partial scholarship: email@example.com
4-Part Series fee: $420**
Single Workshop for previous participants of this course: $95
** Cancellations for this course must be made before 9/21. All cancellations after this date cannot be refunded.
CEU: 20 Continuing Ed. Units with International Association of Yoga Therapists and Yoga Alliance
(18 contact hours, 2 non-contact hours)
Testimonials from past workshop participants:
“I am already incorporating elements of what you shared into my practice.” Rahel Schwartz, PhD, LCSW, Clinical Director JCADA (Jewish Coalition Against Domestic Abuse).
“I would highly recommend this course to anyone. This course is a must have for all Yoga Instructors! This instructor is one of the best instructors that I have experienced in my lifetime. Patient, knowledgeable, engaging and genuinely concerned and caring for all students.” Zoey Jackson, wounded warrior, author, and ERYT-200 yoga teacher.
Diana Tokaji is a twice-certified yoga therapist. She holds a Master of Science in Yoga Therapy from Maryland University of Integrative Health where this work in early trauma care earned her the Excellence in Innovation and Service Award “for outstanding leadership, commitment to service, and dedication to the community and the larger world.” With creativity and healing as her main endeavors, Diana has been a performer and writer for 45 years (London, San Francisco, Washington DC), has taught yoga for 35 years (E-RYT 500) and is a certified Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist since 1997.
In one-on-one yoga therapy with women, Diana partners on a wide range of issues -- from musculoskeletal and medical, to support of personal equilibrium and recovery -- in tandem with physicians, PT’s, or psychotherapists, and with respect to individual alignment, scientific research, and the wisdom of the client. She is a certified teacher of Pilates Mat, has completed Advanced Teacher Training in Relax & Renew Restorative Yoga with Judith Lasater, is a certified yoga therapist with the International Association of Yoga Therapists, and has ten years of peer, re-evaluation counseling experience.
Diana has been keynote for the Washington Psychologists Association and The Writer’s Center; she has presented at the William Wendt Center for Loss & Healing, the Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy Professionals Conference, The Maryland Regional Institute for Children and Adolescents (JLG- RICA), and numerous Yoga Teacher Trainings. In addition to this Surviving Trauma training attended by nearly 200 participants, Diana leads professional workshops in contemporary uses of ancient mudra, core strength for mind/body, and her signature: Creative Recovery - a bridge between the arts and survival techniques. Her article, Yoga Therapy as Early Intervention for the Acute Stage Following Assault or Trauma, can be found in Yoga Therapy Today, Winter 2018, and her four books, including Six Women in a Cell, and Surviving Assault: Words that Rock and Soothe and Tell the Truth, are forthcoming. firstname.lastname@example.org