Yoga Therapy: Self Regulation for Parents

4-Week Workshop Series

Led by Sally Williams, MA, RYT-200

May 2 – May 23, 2024
Thursdays from 6:00 – 7:30pm

Each new phase of parenthood presents unique milestones, joys, and challenges, but the consistent thread throughout every phase is the need for parents to be able to regulate their own emotions and nervous systems in order to help their children regulate themselves and to foster a supportive, emotionally literate family dynamic. We often hear how important it is to self-regulate before engaging in high-intensity interactions with our children, but it is often less clear how exactly to do this. Add in outside stressors, mental health challenges, and the busyness that characterizes so much of modern family life, and this kind of self-regulation can feel inaccessible.

In this four-week series, we will combine clinical psycho-education with yogic practices including mudras (hand positions), pranayama (yogic breathwork), asana (physical practice), and Yoga Nidra (guided yogic relaxation) to teach you about your nervous system and give you real, tangible tools for practicing self-regulation on the spot when challenging parenting situations arise.

This is a trauma-informed practice and modifications will be offered to suit differences in comfort levels and needs. Practitioners of all levels are welcome, and no previous yoga experience is necessary. Please bring a mat if you have one, or email the facilitators to borrow a mat at no extra cost. The class fee includes an eye pillow for you to keep, an informational packet with clinical information and yogic practices for you to refer to and make notes on, and continued access to class audio recordings so that you can follow along with the practices at home once the class has concluded.

About the Teacher

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Sally Williams, MA, RYT-200

I began teaching yoga in 2011 in Fort Collins, CO. I taught in local studios, and in the Boulder County Jail and other correctional facilities after doing the Prison Yoga Training with James Fox in 2012. I received the Trauma-Sensitive Yoga certification and Overcoming Anxiety certification from Sundara Yoga Therapy in Austin, TX in 2013. Practicing trauma-informed yoga and Yoga Nidra in correctional facilities and with underserved populations inspired me to get my Masters in Contemplative Psychotherapy and Buddhist Psychology from Naropa in 2017. After graduating, I provided psychotherapy and therapeutic yoga to people transitioning out of jail and prison. After having my own kids, I transitioned to working with new parents, people with complex trauma and c-PTSD, and adults with ADHD. I am now a registered psychotherapist, yoga therapist, and coach in private practice in Boulder County.