SHADOW & LIGHT YOGA TEACHER CERTIFICATION
Social Justice & Trauma Informed. Accessible for All!
Presented by Shadow & Light Yoga Miami
Little Haiti, Miami, FL - February thru April 2019
The Shadow & Light Miami Yoga Teacher Certification surpasses the minimal requirements of 200 hours for foundational teacher training. Our Social Justice & Trauma Informed training program is for those seeking healing and enrichment of their personal practice, for yoga students and teachers, for community change-makers, social justice activists and allies, social workers, mental health professionals and advocates, and anyone engaged or interested in personal, community, or social wellness and transformation.
TOGETHER WE WILL COVER
Teaching techniques, training & practice
Teaching methodology for the yogi activist
Anatomy & physiology
Brave space v. safe space
Yoga philosophy & social justice
Trauma in the mind-body system
Oppression, privilege & power
Self-care for the yogi activist
Yoga as activism
Karma project that you will work on throughout the training in your community
“Expect to go deep, be fully engaged, challenged and inspired, and to cultivate confidence in your ability to express, teach, hold space, and be an empowered leader in your community.”
- Alex Cordovi, Founder Shadow & Light Yoga Miami
OUR VALUES & TEACHING PHILOSOPHY
We value dignity and respect for all beings regardless of race, socio-economic circumstance, ethnicity, religion, ability, sexual orientation, gender, or age. We aim to embody accessibility and inclusivity and provide safe space for all, bearing in mind that each person is entitled to their own valid definition and boundaries for personal safety. Our yoga/healing is rooted in and in solidarity with intersectional social justice, dismantling patriarchy, and liberation from systemic, institutional, and cultural racism and oppression.
We believe in healing one’s own trauma to support others in healing themselves. We believe in cultivating a profound connection to the body, mind and heart in compassionate, intuitive, and well-informed ways, to feel empowered with resources that are supportive in standing strong in the ability to teach from a place of love. We seek to hold space from a place of empathy; and inspire from one’s own authenticity and truth. We strive to teach confidence in our student’s ability to express, teach, hold space, and be empowered leaders in their community; self regulation tools to embody and learn to teach to others; how to feel into the moment and meet people where they are to be effective, kind and curious facilitators for their students and communities. We believe that healing the connection with our own bodies is at the core of the social and environmental justice revolution we demand.
MEET YOUR FACILITATORS
(She/Her/Hers) Founder Shadow & Light Yoga Miami, RYT-500, YACEP Throughout her 17-year yoga journey, Alex identified a direct link between trauma healing and yogic philosophy and began teaching in 2014. She specializes in trauma informed yoga and merges embodied yoga practice with social and environmental justice work. From this lens, she is able to meet students with compassion and curiosity and normalize sensitivities and discomfort so they can move through what they need to at their own pace.
(She/Her/Hers and They/Them/Theirs) Queer Cuban-American from South Florida, Food Justice Activist, Permaculturist, Holistic Wellness Chef/Consultant, Founder/Owner Brooklyn NY Organic Restaurant/Venue "Cubana Social" 2010-16, Leader of Cultural/Mindfulness/Ancestry/Social Justice Retreats, Natural Burial Advocate, Artist & Musician. Lover of Wilderness & Diversity! PDC MesoAmerican Institute, Guatemala; Soul Fire Farm BLFI Alumna www.sangwitch.com
ALEX CORDOVI DEFINES TRAUMA-INFORMED YOGA
Trauma-informed yoga - seeks to create safe/brave space for yoga students to cultivate self-awareness and self-regulation practices to understand trauma and its impact on the entire mind-body system. This is done through specific alignment cues in each pose, breathwork, and meditation techniques that the student always has the choice to participate in or not.
Through practicing and teaching through the trauma informed yoga lens, I’ve come to believe that patterns of behavior can be an expression of something much deeper. So deep that it’s held in the nervous system and energy body as unresolved trauma. When unresolved trauma is experienced, patterns develop… many of which play out for years. Some are inherited through lineage and culture, others instilled through society, and others a product of life experience, what you’ve gone through.
I’ve found that Yoga is one of the most effective ways to support the processing of trauma. Through this practice, I’ve seen how students are able to create space for stagnant energy to move, in order to acknowledge, process, and transform in a way that instills love, empathy, and freedom. As a yoga teacher, I feel it’s necessary to understand how trauma is stored in the body and how movement supports the processing of trauma so that I can cultivate a brave space for my students.
When I provide a space for my students to get real about what’s going on inside, I am stepping more fully into the role of spiritual activism and social justice. AND in order to ask my students to embody these experiences for processing their own trauma, I need to be doing the work too! I practice what I teach and I teach what I practice.
NEXT TRAINING BEGINS SEPTEMBER 2019!
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