Saturday, March 7, 2020

Trauma-Informed Yoga Basics

With Keely Rakushin Garfield MA, E-RYT, UZIT, Reiki Master, Interfaith Chaplain

Location: Tribeca
Time: 2:00pm–7:00pm
Level: Open (all students welcome)
Cost: $165

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Embracing an integrative approach to understanding the effects of trauma and chronic stress on the body and mind, this intimate workshop provides an accessible introduction to practicing and teaching trauma-informed yoga. We have all known some sort of trauma in our lives, big or small. Together, we will agree to let this awareness inform and collectively guide us on the path toward embodied self-regulation and compassionate concern. Harnessing the wisdom of yoga and somatic therapies, contemplative practice, and creative praxis, we will cultivate a resilient, resourceful and radiant experience of well-being. Learn how to offer yoga for yourself and others, in a way that invites everyone to treasure their bodies, feel safe, empowered and cared for. Consideration of trauma in relation to privilege, social justice and inclusivity will help us to apply trauma-informed principles in a broader context.

Participants will reflect on:

  • Autonomic nervous system, stress response and Polyvagal Theory as a framework for understanding trauma
  • Somatic and integrative yoga therapeutics addressing traumatic and stress-related symptoms
  • ZENtervensions™ for self-regulation and responding to crisis
  • Trauma-informed language and cueing
  • Creating healing spaces that are thoughtful and inclusive
  • Establishing constructive boundaries to safeguard peace
  • Empowerment through contemplation, meditation and prayer

Keely Rakushin Garfield develops and leads customized, innovative training clinics, workshops and self care programs. Keely is a certified E-RYT 800 yoga teacher and senior Urban Zen Integrative Therapist (UZIT), Reiki Master, Interfaith Chaplain and meditation teacher, lay-ordained in Soto Zen Buddhism. She is a Guggenheim Fellow with an extensive background in dance and choreography, holds a MFA from University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, is a dance professor at The New School, and Artistic Director of Keely Garfield Dance. Her broad experience has provided her with exceptional insight into the ways health and vitality are deeply rooted in the awareness of our mind and body. Earlier in her career, Keely was a dance therapist and worked extensively with people with disabilities and mental health issues. Keely has been clinical coordinator and lead faculty for UZIT at Beth Israel Medical Center, PACC, The Farber Center for Radiation Oncology, CareRiteCenters and twice served in Haiti at Saint Damien’s Pediatric Hospital and Orphanage. In Haiti, Keely’s work encompassed caring for people impacted by the 2010 earthquake, people infected with cholera, paraplegic people, children living with HIV/Aids and clinical medical and custodial personnel. Keely has also taught Sitting with Dying programs for Visiting Nurse Service New York (VNSNY), tended to members of the Maasai Tribe at TED Talks Washington DC, led Reiki trainings for Yoga Journal NYC and presented at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) as part of the Breath Hackathon. Additionally, she has developed and presented wellness workshops for many organizations including Salesforce, DKNY, the United Nations, Balance Integration, Bungalow 5, ESME, AFAC, Square Roots Maternal Wellness, Wright Center on Aging, The Village Zendo and Gaiam Wellness. Currently, Keely is Director of Corporate Trainings for Maripossa Wellness working at New York Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center, and an Interfaith Chaplain at Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie, NY.  Learn more about Keely Rakushin Garfield.

From the moment I met Keely, she stood out as a guiding light. Keely compassionately cares for so many with her mind, body, spirit and whole being! Keely works to continually expand her knowledge and skill as a caregiver. She is truly one of a kind and the world needs more of her! She is an amazing healer and teacher and I love her!”– Donna Karan, Fashion Designer, Philanthropist

It is such a joy to work with Keely – she teaches skillfully, creatively and in a healing manner.” – Roshi Pat Enkyo O’Hara, Abbot, The Village Zendo

Keely is your quintessential guide to the healing arts. Don’t miss her!” – Rodney Yee, Founder Urban Zen Integrative Therapy, Master Yoga Teacher


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