We are so excited to have Stacey Hoksbergen, LPC bring her experience into this fun, interactive and educational workshop. This workshop is for anyone who is interested in learning more about how trauma effects you. You do not need to be a yoga teacher to attend this training.
We asked Stacey a couple of questions about the training:
What is your background and how you have seen the impact of yoga and mindfulness in children’s lives with the work you have done/are doing?
I have my Masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Colorado. I specialize in working with children who have been in the child welfare system due to child abuse and neglect, who are adopted or have experienced trauma that is keeping them from being fully alive as a child. Trauma teaches children that they do not have control, they must abandon what their body is feeling and they cannot speak up for themselves. Yoga and mindfulness have played a crucial role in teaching each one of the children I have worked with that they can listen to what is happening in their bodies, that they have control and that their bodies are powerful. I have seen the beauty of children realizing that their breath can calm their body down when they are anxious or upset. This realization builds their self-esteem and also creates awareness that they are powerful and they can rely on their skills to solve problems.
What happens at this workshop, do I need to be a yoga teacher/therapist/etc to participate?
In this workshop we will learn about trauma and how it impacts children’s minds and bodies in significant ways. Once we have a shared understanding of trauma, we will talk about how yoga can work towards unraveling the negative messages trauma has taught children and then discuss things to consider when creating trauma sensitive classrooms. Due to the pervasiveness of trauma, this workshop is not limited to yoga teachers or therapists. If you have any interest in learning more about trauma and the ways that yoga can create bridges of healing for children please join us!