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Integrating Trauma-Informed Yoga with Polyvagal Theory: Embodied nervous system regulation for improving outcomes in therapy.

  • 1 Mar 2020
  • 6:00 PM
  • Delray Beach, Fla.

Integrating Trauma-Informed Yoga with Polyvagal Theory: Embodied nervous system regulation for improving outcomes in therapy.

Presented By:

Joann Lutz, MSW, LICSW, C-IAYT, E-RYT, and Deb Grant, LCSW, RSMT.

Presenter Bios:


Joann is a psychotherapist and yoga therapist/teacher with more than 40 years in the field, and 20 years of experience offering clinical social work services. She currently trains mental health clinicians internationally as a consultant for PESI, Inc., and independently. Her book, Trauma Healing in the Yoga Zone, will be published in 2020 by Handspring Press. She is the author of a NASW-MA CE course, "Bringing Yoga into Social Work Practice, " and the paper "Classical Yoga Postures as a Psychotherapeutic Intervention for Autonomic Nervous System Regulation." published in "Proceedings of the Yoga and Psyche Conference, 2014," published by Cambridge Scholars. Her website is


Deb Grant, LCSW, RSMT, provides consultation and teaches professional development workshops to helping professionals exploring the integration of somatic/body-based work with psychotherapy. Deb has co-presented workshops with Deb Dana, LCSW, and most recently co-authored a chapter with Deb Dana, titled, "The Polyvagal Playlab: Helping Therapists Bring Polyvagal Theory to their Clients," in the book entitled "Clinical Applications of the Polyvagal Theory: The Emergence of Polyvagal-informed Therapies." (Editors: Stephen Porges and Deb Dana) Deb Grant holds an M.S.S.W. degree from the University of Wisconsin in Madison and a B.A. from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She has been in private practice since 1995, and holds yoga teacher certifications as well as certification as a somatic movement educator. Her website is

Repeating Event:

Event Start Date and Time:

Mar 01, 2020 06:00 PM

Event End Date and Time:

Mar 06, 2020 12:30 PM

Short Summary:

This workshop provides mental health professionals with a clinical foundation for using trauma-sensitive yoga, integrated with polyvagal theory, to improve therapy outcomes for individuals with symptoms of psychological trauma, anxiety and depression. The training includes the in-depth study of polyvagal theory, the physiology of trauma, and trauma-sensitive yoga interventions, such as chair postures, breathing practices, yoga nidra, and meditation.

Event Description:

Title: Integrating Trauma-Informed Yoga with Polyvagal Theory: Embodied nervous system regulation for improving outcomes in therapy.

This professional training offers participants a solid foundation for bringing two related, embodied approaches into individual and group therapy sessions: polyvagal theory and trauma-sensitive yoga. It is conducted in a retreat environment, offering participants the opportunity to cultivate relationships; rejuvenate their mind and body; and rest.

The curriculum includes the in-depth study of polyvagal theory; the physiology of trauma; principles of nervous system-informed, trauma-sensitive yoga; and guidelines for choosing and teaching therapeutic yoga interventions which can be incorporated into any style of therapy. These include selected chair postures, breathing practices, yoga nidra, and meditation. The material will be taught through lecture, case discussions, experiential exercises, and scripted practicums. No prior yoga experience is required.

The course meets from 7 to 8 a.m. and 9:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, with three additional, hour-long practicums. The rest of the afternoons and evenings are free, for the enjoyment of the on-site outdoor pool and jacuzzi, the nearby ocean beach, the many cultural and social events which Delray Beach offers, and eachother!

You can expect to:

Develop a basic fluency in the language and practice of polyvagal theory (a theory of how the autonomic nervous system functions).

Understand the physiological basis of psychological trauma.

Learn how, when, and to whom to incorporate nervous system-informed, trauma-sensitive yoga-based interventions into individual and group therapy sessions.

Improve your ability to recognize and respond to your own patterns and nuances of autonomic state shifts, and to support more adaptive response patterns in your clients.


$1200-$500 residential; $850 non-residential.

Event Location:

Casa San Carlos Retreat Center, Delray Beach, Fla.

Registration Instructions:

Complete on-line registration form; send deposit to Deb Grant.

Web Link for Registration:

CEU Information:

23 CEs for Psychologists, Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, Professional Counselors, and Yoga Therapists are available.

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