Workshop teaches how to use yoga for PTSD and brain injury

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A two-day workshop in Norfolk will train yoga instructors to help people with post-traumatic stress disease. (Photo: Yoga Fit Foundation)
A two-day workshop in Norfolk will train yoga instructors to help people with post-traumatic stress disorder. (Photo: Give Back Yoga Foundation)

Is yoga good for healing brain trauma?

An upcoming workshop in Norfolk aims to explore that possibility, by teaching yoga instructors how to help clients recovering from post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury.

The workshop, set for Nov. 5-6 at the Harbor’s Edge retirement community in Norfolk, will present the YogaFit® for Warriors program, which organizers say helps yoga teachers gain a deeper understanding of how trauma gets stored in the body through the central nervous system. The program also teaches which yoga postures, breathing methods and meditation practices are particularly effective at releasing physical and emotional trauma at the autonomic level.

Fitness professionals will learn to develop a yoga class that helps participants free their troubling emotions, persevering thought patterns, chronic somatic tension and hyper vigilance, particularly among those who are military personnel and emergency responders.

The workshop is being offered by YogaFit, which is billed as the largest yoga fitness education school in the world.

Harbor’s Edge, the site of the workshop, is at 1 Colley Ave. in Norfolk.

The cost of the workshop is $429. Registration is open through Oct. 28.

Reservations can be made by phone at 888-786-3111, or by e-mail at info@yogafit.com

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Joan Quigley is a former Miami Herald business reporter, a graduate of Columbia Journalism School and an attorney. Her writing has appeared in the Washington Post, TIME.com, nationalgeographic.com and Talking Points Memo. Joan Quigley is a former Miami Herald business reporter, a graduate of Columbia Journalism School and an attorney. Her writing has appeared in the Washington Post, TIME.com, nationalgeographic.com and Talking Points Memo. Her recent book, Just Another Southern Town: Mary Church Terrell and the Struggle for Racial Justice in the Nation’s Capital, was shortlisted for the 2017 Mark Lynton History Prize. Her first book, The Day the Earth Caved In: An American Mining Tragedy, won the 2005 J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award.