Downloadable course material
Eligible for 20 CEUs with Yoga Alliance
What's included in the course:
- 6 x 3-hour classes
- 6 homework classes
- 1 final completion practice
- 1 course manual
- A digital copy of Christine’s book ‘Freedom Is Your Nature’
- 3 audio meditations for your ongoing practice
About the course:
Myofascial Yoga is an embodied, trauma-aware approach to functional movement and holistic self care.
Targeting the nervous system and fascial system in movement practices is important for unraveling persistent pain and building a healthy relationship with the body, mind, and spirit both on and off the yoga mat. Learning the language of our nervous system states, from the inside out, gives us a detailed and nuanced view of our internal landscape, and an instruction manual for moving and meditating well.
- struggle with anxiety and want to understand it from a physiological perspective
- would like to build a more resilient nervous system
- are looking for a personalised program of self-regulating practices... then this course if for you.
Through a combination of PowerPoint teaching sessions, mindfulness-based movement practices and experiential homework assignments, you will navigate the often untapped wisdom of your body, the power of your integrated brain and nervous system, and the transformative potential of harmonizing polarities.
This is a recording of a live, online course Christine taught in October 2021.
In this course you will:
- Understand concepts such as polyvagal theory, the window of tolerance model and brain-heart coherence, integrative yoga principles, neural plasticity and a somatic approach to movement, from an experiential framework.
- Learn the basics of fascia anatomy, particularly the anatomy of the vagus nerve and the fascial lines that are directly and indirectly connected to it.
- Discuss the neuroscience of mindful movement, breathwork and meditation.
- Dive deep into your nervous system states and analyse how they affect your tissue tone. You will learn how to track your nervous system and analyse how it responds to different mindful movement practices and breath practices in order to create a detailed map of your own internal landscape. By doing so you will know when (and how) to approach your body with gentleness and when to approach it with challenge.
- Understand your holding patterns so you can begin to unravel and unwind them to support healing and release persistent pain.
- Explore several different types of self-care, self-love, and self-respect, and dive into all of them with different forms of practice. You will also explore how to bring the harmonious relationship you have created in your inner world into your external relationships.
- Learn how to track the non-verbal body cues and how to use that information to create a safe container for your students, and teach client-centered classes. We will discuss the tensegrity concept and how it can be a useful model for working with groups and incorporating your new skills into movement or mindfulness classes. We will explore how to offer a menu of challenge level choices to our students (or our own bodies) to empower them to make informed choices for the most optimal and personalized practice possible. You’ll also learn how to create client centered classes, and help your students to build their own trauma-informed self care programs.
Who is this course for?
This course is designed to be a fascia-focused, trauma-informed guide for movement and self-care. It is suitable for:
- Yoga teachers or trainers wanting to learn how to incorporate non-violence and trauma-informed environments into classes, trainings, or retreats.
- Movement educators or facilitators working with clients experiencing persistent pain conditions.
- Anyone who wants to learn how to move their body better, reduce pain levels, and create an empowering yet gentle self-care program.
If you have ever been curious about the body/mind aspect of yoga and how it can help you or your students, come join us for a deep dive into a fascia-aware and nervous system-informed approach to yoga and movement.
What is a trauma-informed movement (or self-care) practice?
The neuroscience of mindful movement
What is a somatic approach to wellness and self-care?
A deeper dive into your nervous system states and how it affects your tissue tone
A fascia-focused approach to functional movement, meditation, and self-care
How to track the non-verbal body cues and use that information to create a safe container for your students
About Christine Wushke:
Christine Wushke is a myofascial release expert, a certified yoga therapist, a registered massage therapist and a Hakomi practitioner with over 20 years of experience. Christine runs the Journey to Light Wellness Center and is the author of the book 'Freedom is your Nature'. Christine’s effective techniques will help you build self-awareness, interoception and, most importantly, a loving relationship with your body.