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Trauma-Informed and Trauma-Responsive Yoga Teaching

A Universal Practice

Catherine Cook-Cottone & Joanne Spence

Trauma-Informed and Trauma-Responsive Yoga Teaching
Trauma-Informed and Trauma-Responsive Yoga Teaching

Trauma-Informed and Trauma-Responsive Yoga Teaching

A Universal Practice

Catherine Cook-Cottone & Joanne Spence

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This resource guides yoga teachers through the essentials of creating a trauma-informed and trauma-responsive practice. It explains why this approach is needed and includes a wide range of sequences and practices. It also provides guidance on communication, yoga teacher self-care, and cultivating a trusting and safe relationship with clients.

Catherine Cook-Cottone and Joanne Spence have written a marvelously useful book for yoga teachers. In any given yoga class, students arrive at the mat with a wide array of visible and less visible mental and physical health conditions - battling an eating disorder, feeling ashamed of their bodies, in the throes of an addiction, living with past trauma, having an incarcerated family member, or being diagnosed with cancer. In addition to being easy and enjoyable to read, teachers spending time with Trauma-Informed and Trauma-Responsive Yoga Teaching will become wiser and better guides for their students.

Dr. Cook-Cottone and Joanne Spence have made a vital contribution to the yoga profession. Trauma-informed is such a buzz term, but few people agree on what it really means. Their approach is practical, informed by decades of research, and should be essential reading in all yoga teacher and yoga therapy trainings.

In this meticulously crafted and insightful volume, the authors provide a comprehensive guide to effectively addressing the nuanced complexities of trauma that can manifest during the practice of yoga. Drawing upon a wealth of research, literature, and practical applications, this book seamlessly integrates the essential knowledge and practices required by yoga instructors and healthcare providers. With its attention to detail and lucid prose, this work is destined to become a seminal guide for generations of trauma-responsive care providers, offering invaluable wisdom for years to come.

As someone deeply immersed in supporting first responders to manage chronic stress and trauma, Trauma-Informed and Trauma-Responsive Yoga Teaching is a game-changer. It's a compassionate and transformative guide, offering practical yoga that resonates with first responders and anyone who has experienced trauma. Whether you're working with first responders or others facing chronic stress, this book is packed with fantastic tools.

This book is a lasting resource guide for trauma-centered yoga.

This book is a gift to anyone who cares deeply about sharing yoga with any population and an incredible resource for anyone wanting to offer these tools in their own training of instructors. Cook-Cottone and Spence's approach to sharing trauma-informed and trauma-responsive yoga is easy to digest and gives tangible tools to inspire and encourage any level of instructor to implement these practices. As a facilitator of both 200 and 300 hour yoga teacher trainings, I am thrilled to have this book as a part of our programs.

Trauma-Informed and Trauma-Responsive Yoga Teaching is an essential book that will have a powerful impact on the field. It synthesizes the authors' considerable years of experience and research, and offers it to the community with clarity and compassion. Joanne and Catherine have an unwavering commitment to helping teachers create spaces where healing is possible and students are empowered. It's clear that this book will help many move towards those goals.

When working with new yoga teachers, one of the most common questions that I receive is "how can I support a student who is feeling overwhelmed in class?" I am pleased to say that Catherine Cook-Cottone and Joanne Spence's new book has provided the much needed, extensive response to this important question. Research suggests that in our complex and modern world, approximately 90 percent of us will be exposed to at least one traumatic event in the course of our lifetime. Many people looking for support for trauma related symptoms of emotional overwhelm, anxiety, or somatic distress seek out yoga as a source of support. Even when not teaching a trauma-sensitive yoga class, you will have students in your class who have experienced traumatic events. It is imperative that all yoga teachers have the tools to help stabilize vulnerable students by helping them connect to valuable resources. Trauma-Informed and Trauma-Responsive Yoga Teaching will give you the confidence to handle these moments with skill and sensitivity while also helping you attend to your own nervous system along the way. Whether you are a yoga teacher, studio owner, or provide yoga teacher-trainings, this book is an essential addition to your library of resources.

In Trauma-Informed and Trauma-Responsive Yoga Teaching Catherine Cook-Cottone and Joanna Spence offer an invaluable resource for yoga teachers. This book elegantly bridges the gap between trauma theory and yoga practice, providing a comprehensive guide that is deeply informative and, most importantly, accessible. Their work equips instructors with the knowledge and tools to create healing spaces for practitioners. I believe this is an essential addition to the field of trauma-sensitive yoga.

Catherine Cook-Cottone and Joanne Spence ask us to reimagine the yoga teaching landscape through a trauma-informed and responsive lens. Using ancient yoga philosophy, psychology and insightful discussion prompts, we are given tools to navigate yoga spaces more attuned to our students and better equipped to identify and respond to trauma triggers. This is a must-read for anyone currently teaching yoga and an essential text for modern-day yoga teacher trainings.

Yoga teachers have become a new type of first-responder as witnesses to their students' complex humanity. The yoga classroom tends to be a reliable space for many bodies to move through their feelings as they tune into their body. Trauma informed and trauma responsive education supports teachers to grow their inner resources while crafting a stable environment for their students' inner lives. Joanne and Catherine provide evidence, anecdote, practices and much heart for yoga teachers of every discipline to build internal connection that enriches their teaching community.

Trauma-Informed and Trauma-Responsive Yoga Teaching: A Universal Practice is a celebration of the remarkable progress the professions of yoga teaching and yoga therapy have made in a relatively short period of time. The text is a beacon of non-harming (ahimsa), the root of all yoga. Smartly organised, clearly written while presenting best evidence, and approachable for all levels of experience. This book is destined to be a foundational reference for teacher trainings and professional development courses.

This book lays out clearly defined guidelines, principles, and practices to make us all more effective yoga teachers, but, more importantly, sets the stage for braver and more transformative yoga experiences for all students who step inside the studio. Whether you're a seasoned teacher or a fresh trainee, this book is a must-have.

As a yoga teacher and teacher trainer, I am thrilled to finally have a cohesive, approachable, and practical resource to better equip myself and future teachers. As Cook-Cottone and Spence rightly acknowledge, trauma is both universal and deeply individual; learning how to guide others through a yoga practice from a trauma-informed and trauma-responsive lens is essential. This book adeptly balances science and application, empowering the reader to embody their own learning while developing a clear, compassionate and safe approach to leading others.

Trauma-Informed and Trauma-Responsive Yoga Teaching makes the sensitive and seemingly complex topic of being a 'trauma-informed' yoga teacher feel like something any yoga professional can accomplish. The yoga world has been waiting for a resource to support not only our students but one that reminds us to support and regulate ourselves first. How we show up as yoga professionals matters, and Cook-Cottone & Spence's book gives us both the specific steps and big-picture knowledge to become better and more nurturing trauma-informed and responsive yoga teachers. A must-read for any yoga teacher training program.

Occasionally, we get introduced to something that makes us question how we managed before. The new book, Trauma-Informed and Trauma-Responsive Yoga Teaching, is just that. In this groundbreaking guide, authors Cook-Cottone and Spence integrate their expert insights to equip yoga instructors with critical background knowledge and the skills needed to foster safe and empowering spaces for their students. This book belongs in the hands of every yoga teacher and yoga therapist, as well as at the top of the required reading list of every yoga teacher training. An invaluable contribution!

This book empowers the reader with real, implementable ways to explore and create an attuned and safe space for yoga practice. Every aspect of teaching yoga is explored from the underlying intentions of the practices, structure of a class, practices, communication, cueing, and assisting. The authors' combined wisdom and thought-provoking prompts and reflections support an authentic expression and integration of these aspects of teaching and practicing yoga.

This book is an incredibly comprehensive resource to support healing practitioners on their lifelong journey to adopting and integrating a trauma-informed lens into the scope of their work. A one of a kind roadmap, a deep exhale, and a profound gift to the field.

A rare offering of scholarship, wisdom, and practicality that moves us a giant step toward the full healing potential of yoga for our modern world. Every yoga teacher interested in personal and collective wellbeing should read it.

If you are a yoga professional or teach in a yoga teacher training program, this book is essential reading. I don't know how to offer the kind of praise this astonishing book deserves. The discussions, case studies and journal prompts support your personal growth as well as professional development. Far from formulaic, the authors explore the research, the philosophy, the communication, (yes, there's a short course on Nonviolent Communication within these pages!) and the practices essential for offering a supportive, non-threatening environment for the many of us who have experienced trauma. Their years of experience and training in yoga and mental health give Cook-Cottone and Spence the wisdom and compassion to help yoga professionals create "trauma-informed and responsive" space to support healing. I can't think of a better book to give you the competence and confidence to offer trauma-informed and responsive yoga. But don't take it from me. Please buy this book!

Catherine Cook-Cottone, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist, yoga therapist, and professor at University at Buffalo, SUNY. She has written 10+ books and over 100 research articles and chapters on mindful self-care, yoga, embodiment, self-regulation, eating disorders, and trauma. She is a trauma therapist and conducts trainings internationally on trauma-informed and responsive yoga. In 2018, she was awarded the American Psychological Association's Citizen Psychologist Presidential Citation. She lives in Amherst, NY.

Joanne Spence, D.Min, ERYT-500, C-IAYT is a certified yoga therapist and founder and director of Yoga in Schools. Joanne trains and teaches internationally in a range of settings, including teaching yoga in prisons, hospitals, schools, churches, and sometimes on street corners. She has more than thirty-five years of clinical experience as a mental health professional and twenty-plus years as a teacher and practitioner of yoga. She is the author of two books and book chapters. She lives in Pittsburgh, PA.


  • Uitgever
    Jessica Kingsley Publishers
  • Verschenen
    jun. 2024
  • Bladzijden
  • Genre
    Yoga voor lichaamsbeweging
  • Afmetingen
    228 x 150 x 22 mm
  • Gewicht
    440 gram
  • EAN
  • Paperback
  • Taal

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