Trauma-Sensitive Yoga for All

Fri 3 PM | Healing Arts

Whitney R. Simpson and Anita Brown

Both the beginner and advanced yoga practitioner are invited to this experiential time as we explore movement and meditation with our whole selves.Trauma-sensitive yoga is an opportunity to practice yoga in a safe environment and increase your body awareness. The focus of this practice honors and acknowledges the trauma that our bodies have experienced (both large and small) with mindful breathing, purposeful movement, and simple meditation techniques. The purpose of trauma-sensitive yoga is to offer a safe space to connect with your body. Explore this practice with trained instructors who are passionate about yoga and meditation as part of the healing journey, as an integral part of faith. Hear some of their healing journeys and embrace your own in the process. This session is for all body shapes and sizes (the ability to get up and down off the ground is helpful, yet modifications will also be offered). If you have a yoga mat or beach towel with you, please bring it along.

Whitney Simpson

A stroke at age 31 forced Whitney to slow down and listen more deeply to her body. In the process she discovered how to listen more deeply to God. Over a decade later, Whitney’s healing journey led her to author Holy Listening with Breath, Body, and the Spirit. Through her work as as a spiritual director and retreat facilitator, she incorporates yoga and other ancient tools, encouraging the sacred connection of breath, body, and spirit. Whitney completed certification in spiritual formation at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and is a 500-hour certified yoga instructor. She is the founder of Exploring Peace, offering soul care resources for exploring the gift of God’s peace with the whole self. Whitney lives with her family in Tennessee and can be found online at Good books, the great outdoors, hot tea, dark chocolate, and the Trinity are good for her soul.

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Anita Brown

Anita Grace Brown live in NJ with her husband and golden retriever, Sierra while her children are off balancing work hard/party hard at Syracuse U. As a yoga teacher she’s quite proud of this work life harmony they are already exhibiting!! A few months ago Anita birthed her Jesus Yoga podcast “It’s 5 o’clock Somewhere!” and has been excited to share embodiment and breath tools in her home church as well. She’s honored to be back offering all-levels morning body prayer at WG for the 4th consecutive year! You can also find her at this year’s healing arts tent assisting with trauma sensitive offerings and a place to find deep rest and release from stress. She’s been healed of decades of chronic PMDD and IBS among other lesser ailments thanks to the pranic balancing that comes with her unique East meets West practices.
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