Trauma and the Collective Body: Embodiment and the Healing Journey

Apr 18 & 18
8:00 pm -
3 Hours

The COVID‑19 pandemic has been a collective trauma that has impacted millions worldwide. Many of our communities have been directly impacted by the many global natural disasters linked to climate change, such as fires and floods. Meanwhile, collective feelings of helplessness and anger are exacerbated by polarized political situations worldwide that have contributed to economic imbalances and cultural discrimination, leaving disenfranchised groups with the least access to mental and physical health care.

Collective trauma refers to the impact of traumatic events that have impacted groups of people, communities, and society as a whole. Moreover, when the wounds of one generation remain unresolved, they can be passed on as a legacy. This engaging and experiential presentation will introduce you to a yogic perspective on working with collective and generational wounds. Healing from collective trauma involves recognizing that we are not alone in our grief or our need to find a meaningful path forward. Having a yoga practice amid challenging times can be grounding and can also help us feel empowered to take meaningful actions in a changing world.

When we attend to the body, we recognize that the somatic experience provides us with feedback about the self and can give us insight into other people and our environment. Embodiment is an ever-changing, dynamic relationship between you, your circumstances, your relationships, and the world. This perspective allows us to attend to our personal wounds and the impact of collective and legacy trauma. Dr. Schwartz’s integrative model integrates therapeutic yoga with perspectives drawn from Somatic Psychology, EMDR Therapy, and Parts Work Therapies. Inspired by her work on post-traumatic growth, Dr. Schwartz highlights the resilience of the human spirit, even in the face of adversity.

What you will learn:

  • How to recognize Collective Trauma in yourself and your students
  • Understand Embodiment as related to generational trauma
  • Ways of attending to somatic symptoms of trauma within therapeutic yoga
  • Explore the Science of neuroplasticity as related to collective and legacy trauma recovery
  • Understand the Ancestor Effect as related to Resilience
  • Define Resilience and identify Key Practices to support Post Traumatic Growth

Course outline:

  • Module 1: Collective and Legacy Trauma: Somatic Perspectives on Healing
  • Understand legacy and collective trauma
  • Mind-Body perspectives on healing
  • Embodiment in collective and legacy trauma
  • Attending to Internal and External Systems in Yoga
  • Yoga and the Collective Body


  • Module 2: The Resilient Body
  • Understand the Ancestor Effect
  • Understand Key factors associated with resilience
  • Discuss Key Factors that facilitate post-traumatic growth
  • Brain integration in trauma recovery
  • Yoga as a path to equanimity amidst global change

This Course Also Includes:

  • Yoga Practice Video: Enjoy a yoga practice video that accompanies this course.
  • Recordings of All Webinar Sessions: It’s generally acknowledged that many people only retain 10-20 percent of what they learn in a workshop. You will get access to the recordings of all webinar sessions – both MP3 (downloadable) and MP4 (streaming online), enabling you to go back and listen to the workshop as many times as you like.
  • Transcripts of All Sessions: Ever wanted to refer to a certain part of a course? Even the best note-takers miss a point every so often. With the transcripts of the webinar sessions, you can go back and refer to particularly important passages or clarify sections you were in doubt about.

This course includes 2 one-hour lectures, plus a recorded yoga practice video and qualifies for 3 non-contact CEs with Yoga Alliance.

Join us live or listen to the recordings!

Tuesday, April 18, 2023 – 8:00 pm Eastern / 5:00 pm Pacific
Thursday, April 20, 2023 – 8:00 pm Eastern / 5:00 pm Pacific

Arielle Schwartz, Ph.D., E-YRT is a psychologist, internationally sought-out teacher, yoga instructor, and leading voice in the healing of PTSD and complex trauma.

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