ONLINE: Befriending Your Nervous System: A Trauma Informed Yoga Series

Next session: Feb 04 - Feb 25, 2021

Join us to learn how to support your resilience by safely connecting to your body and breath.

As we continue to live through a global pandemic, many of us are experiencing unprecedented levels of chronic stress. A prolonged perception of threat, uncertainty and loneliness can disrupt the homeostatic function of our autonomic nervous system, undermining our mental and physical health, and aggravating pre-existing conditions.

Yoga is a comprehensive mind-body practice that is particularly effective for improving physical and mental health and alleviating suffering at the deepest levels. Yoga’s potential to regulate our nervous system, decrease inflammation, foster immunity, manage mood and increase resilience and wellbeing, is now being recognized internationally.

This accessible, therapeutic yoga series is designed to support individuals living with the impacts of acute or chronic stress, or trauma, and the associated symptoms of anxiety, depression, addiction and/or PTSD. 

Each class will offer trauma-informed practices as opportunities to safely connect to your body, and breath, and to activate your vagus nerve and your parasympathetic nervous system to support self-regulation and resilience. 

This series will also emphasize relational safety, personal agency and embodied mindfulness as foundational practices for long-term health, connection and the capacity to take skillful action in the world.


This course is for anyone who wants to : 

  • Safely explore connecting to your body and breath.
  • Learn simple, effective practices for cultivating a felt sense of safety & connection.
  • Learn simple, effective practices for tending and befriending your nervous system. 
  • Support your long-term health, wellbeing and resilience.

No previous yoga experience required. 


What you will need:

Please dress in comfortable clothing that you can move in. You may want to have an extra sweater and socks available for warmth. 

The practices can be done from a seated position on the floor, from a chair, or from a standing position. You might choose to use a yoga mat. If you’re choosing to sit on the floor you might want to sit on a cushion or a folded blanket. Your choice. 

Each session will offer a guided Yoga Nidra meditation at the end. Optional props for this can include a blanket, a rectangular bolster/pillow, a medium sized bath towel and a face cloth/eye pillow.


Format & Schedule:

This online series is comprised of four 75-minute practices. The group will form a community of practice; there are no drop-ins for this series.

  • Thursday, February 4th: 4:30-5:45pm PT
  • Thursday, February 11th: 4:30-5:45pm PT
  • Thursday, February 18th: 4:30-5:45pm PT
  • Thursday, February 25th: 4:30-5:45pm PT

Please join us for a FREE introduction and practice on Thursday, January 28th at 4:30pm PT.


Tiered payment structure :

Accessibility and inclusion are important to us. Together with the facilitator, we are offering tiered pricing. Please select the price that best fits your context: 

  • Supported fee: $88
  • Regular fee: $108
  • Pay it Forward: $128 – helps others attend!


There are two scholarships available for individuals who do not have the financial resources to attend. Scholarships will prioritize BIPOC, LGBTQ2SIA+ individuals, and anyone with a diversity of experience including but not limited to ability or illness. 

To apply please send an email to

Application deadline: January 29th, 12pm PT.


Technical requirements:

This online program will be hosted on Zoom, a video conferencing software that is free for participants and easy to use on a variety of devices. You will need to have a device (desktop computer or laptop recommended; tablet or smartphone can work too), reliable internet connection, and sound capabilities You will be invited to join the call up to 15 minutes early to receive technical support.


Your Zoom link and Haven Online How-to guide will be emailed to you the day before the program. All registrants will receive a reminder email the day of the program as well.