This is Your Brain on Trauma: Mindful Resilience for Trauma Recovery
This is Your Brain on Trauma: Mindful Resilience for Trauma Recovery with Dr. Ryan Allen of Lumin Therapy, LLC The 12th century Sufi poet Rumi writes, “The wound is the place where the light enters.” If this is true, then the world we live in today must be abundantly bright. It’s easy to look around and see lots of issues, lots of wounds: war, violence, cultural and political division, the list goes on. “This is Your Brain on Trauma” is designed for any individual who is experiencing the symptoms of trauma or post-traumatic stress and is interested in learning strategies that promote mindful self-care, as well as for family members, providers or friends of someone suffering with traumatic stress, mental health clinicians, yoga teachers, school teachers, or anyone else who is interested in learning more about how we can use our bodies to heal our bodies. Utilizing the work of Peter Levine, Bessel van der Kolk, Richard Miller, and others, and incorporating training from the Veterans Yoga Project, we will explore where we see trauma manifesting in society, in our yoga classes, classrooms, clinical settings and homes, as well as how trauma implants on our brains and in our bodies. Two hours of the workshop will be devoted to some of the neurological features of trauma’s impact on the nervous system and how the practice of mindful resilience, yoga and meditation can complement other therapeutic interventions in promoting self-care and wellness. The final hour will be a Yoga Nidra practice, which can enable participants to experience first-hand the benefits of connecting breath to body sensation, of noticing versus judging, and of finding gratitude in our moment-to-moment awareness. Attend one workshop or all three! Purchase individual workshops or the 3-Workshop Pass and we will take care of the rest to ensure you're registered for all three! Workshop Investment: $45 3-Workshop Pass: $115 *All workshop fees are final sale and may not be refunded. ______________ Dr. Ryan Allen is an Associate Professor of English and Writing and the Chair of the Department of Modern Languages at Briar Cliff University. Dr. Allen also serves as a nonfiction and Siouxland editor for The Briar Cliff Review. He received his BA in English Literature from Western Kentucky University and his MA and PhD in Creative Writing from The University of South Dakota. Dr. Allen’s work has appeared in a variety of magazines, alt-weekly’s, and academic journals, like Under the Sun, The Louisville Review, South Dakota Review, 605 Magazine, LEO Magazine, and A Prairie Journal, to name a few. Dr. Allen is also co-owner of Lumin Therapy, LLC, which promotes the integration of the mind, body, and spirit through the practice of yoga and mindfulness with special populations. As a yoga teacher, Dr. Allen primarily teaches young children and those suffering from traumatic stress in addition to the mentoring and professional development work he’s engaged in with various schools, businesses and organizations. He’s a certified trauma practitioner through the National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children, ERYT200, a registered children’s yoga teacher (RCYT95) and holds specialized certifications in Chair and Gentle Yoga, Yoga Nidra, and Mindful Resiliency for Trauma Recovery. He lives in Sioux City, Iowa with his wife, three kids, and dog.