Joann Lutz, MSW, LICSW, C-IAYT, E-RYT, YACEP
Joann Lutz, MSW, LICSW, C-IAYT, E-RYT, YACEP, the developer of “Nervous-System Informed, Trauma-Sensitive Yoga” (NITYA), has been training mental health professionals internationally for 10 years, as well as offering a certification program in this approach. She is the author of the book, Trauma Healing in the Yoga Zone, (Handspring, 2021); a research paper, Classical Yoga Postures as Psychotherapeutic Interventions for Autonomic Nervous System Regulation, (Cambridge Scholars Press), and a CE Course, Bringing Yoga into Social Work
Practice, (NASWMA). She has offered workshops at the United States Association of Body Psychotherapy International Conference, the International Psychosynthesis Conference, and online, for Somatic Experiencing International. She was the initiator and co-chair of the 2016 and 2017 national conferences, “Integrating Yoga into Mental Health Care,” (USA), and continues to teach trauma-sensitive yoga classes to special populations. She has been practicing Integral Yoga for more than 50 years, and teaching it for more than 40.
Were Swami Satchidananda, and the saints and sages who developed yoga before him, aware of the importance of autonomic nervous-system (ANS) balance centuries before contemporary neuroscientists? Joann will offer an examination of how the classic Integral Yoga class is a superb ANS regulator in its structure, style, and practices. She’ll support her observations with research studies, and guide the participants through the regulating elements of the class, offering a different perspective, and a deeper understanding, of the power of yoga, and particularly the Integral Yoga style.
This inquiry goes beyond trauma-sensitive yoga, to explore the importance of a nervous-system informed yoga practice to everyone’s health and happiness, whether you’re a highly sensitive person; live with a pressurized, hurried lifestyle; face aging or illness; or just live in New York City in the 21st century.
Joann will share twenty specific ways she’s found that the practices, structure, and methods of Integral Yoga enhance nervous-system regulation in this lecture/yoga class combo, which can be experienced in a chair or on a mat, and is suitable for all levels.
Includes Yoga: All Levels
Participants can apply up to 3 contact hours of Continuing Education for Yoga Alliance.
This is an in-person program.