Yoga For Your Brain: The Neuro-Psychophysiology of Stress and Trauma


  • Hive Yoga 140 - 2270 Dollarton Hwy North Vancouver

Two day workshop with Hiroko Demichelis, RCC and Danielle Hoogenboom, E-RYT

Day #1: Fri, Jan 29, 6:30 PM to 9 PM
Day #2: Sat, Jan 30, 12:30 PM to 5 PM

Price: $225 for members / $245 for guests

Students will learn about how trauma affects the brain and the body via the lens of an expert in neuropsychophysiology.   Through movement like yoga, we are able to increase our resilience and self-regulation tools both in life, in private practice or on the yoga mat. Based on neuro-science, this workshop offers a combination of theory, practice and applied technology demonstration to increase our capacity to negotiate stress and trauma. Students will learn why yoga helps in trauma, and how to promote a shift from post-traumatic stress to post-traumatic growth.  Yin yoga is a predominantly seated practice of long slow holds that adapts to meet the needs of the student. Feel how this practice is accessible, adaptable and neurologically transformative.

Theory component:                                                                    

  1. What is PTSD and what is trauma (F. Shapiro)  
  2. The neurology of trauma. Which areas of the brain are involved in trauma and which are not? (B. van der Kolk, N. Doidge).  
  3. EEG markers of trauma (J. Gruzelier, S. Fisher)
  4. Vagus nerve, HRV, CO2 tail, autonomic regulation, vagal tone, poly vagal theory (S. Porges, R. Sapolsky)
  5. Mindfulness (Jon Kabatt Zinn) 

More about Hiroko and also check out her Vancouver Brain Lab and her last blog on LLY here.