People-Informed Yoga Workshop: From a Trauma-Informed Lens

Sunday, January 16th 9:00am-4:30pm

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This immersive workshop is geared for the modern-day yoga teacher who recognizes we are living in a society full of chronic stress & trauma. Everyone has it. This means anyone entrusting in you can be triggered into a trauma-response, especially true when working with the body. Or this might mean that you have your own trauma history and internal landscape yet to navigate.  This workshop embodies "people-informed yoga" which values the emotional and psychological safety of those on the mat in front of you. This is done by understanding the physiology of stress and trauma in the body, inviting a language that promotes choice-making to enhance empowerment, introducing trauma sequencing scripts, and learning self-regulation and resourcing practices to balance the nervous system (our stress response system). Upon completion of this workshop, you will have an improved awareness of your own trauma relationship, while also providing expert guidance to create a sense of safety for healing to begin in the mindbody.

CEUS available for RYTs!


Traci Ludwig, LISW, ACSW, RYT-200, is a licensed clinical social worker practicing in Cedar Falls, IA and adjunct instructor with the University of Northern Iowa Social Work Department. She specializes in treating stress and trauma-related responses with evidenced-based somatic interventions to include yoga and breathwork.  She is extensively trained in Trauma-Sensitive Yoga (TSY) endorsed by the Trauma Center, Brookline, MA.  She has also trained with LifeForce Yoga and Subtle Yoga. She has been clinically incorporating her practices both individually & with groups for the past nine years. She was the first practitioner in the Cedar Valley to be trained in TSY and is the founder of Trauma-Responsive Yoga to extend her expertise to other yoga instructors/healing professionals. She led a research study investigating TSY on women’s mental health & post-trauma symptoms, which is now in the publication phase. She was also invited to present research findings at the International Society for the Study of Trauma & Dissociation Conference.  Her work and dedication have been featured on Iowa National Public Radio.  She has presented her work at The Driftless Yoga Festival and several other area workshops. She has been passionate about offered her practice to community non-profit agencies targeting underserved populations, enabling access for all. 

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