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Polyvagal Theory in Yoga Therapy

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Tuesday, September 28, 2021 @ 7 pm ET

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Polyvagal Theory in Yoga Therapy

This seminar will review polyvagal theory and its convergence with yoga therapy both in reference to a therapeutic framework and specific application. The seminar will be both didactic and experiential followed by time for a Q and A. The discussion will focus on the relationship of the neural platforms of polyvagal theory with the gunas of yoga and the significance of this for understanding a therapeutic biopsychosocial framework for wellbeing. Short practices will be utilized for an experiential understanding of these concepts.

Somatic and movement practitioners and therapists, including yoga practitioners who want to learn more about the integration of polyvagal theory into yoga therapy.
The practices will be some reflections/meditations with options for movement. The movement will be based on what feels safe to the participant vs specific postures that have to be done. The movement pieces can be visualized or done.

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Marlysa Sullivan is a physical therapist and yoga therapist. She has been involved in research describing an explanatory framework for yoga therapy through both neurophysiological and philosophical perspectives including polyvagal theory and eudaimonic and spiritual wellbeing. She is the author of Understanding Yoga Therapy: Applied Philosophy and Science for Well-being as well as Yoga and Science in Pain Care. She is an assistant professor at Maryland University of Integrative Health and has been involved in research studies of yoga for populations including chronic pain, sickle cell disease, cognitive decline/dementia, osteoarthritis. She is also the PT coordinator of the Empowered Veterans Program at the Atlanta VA.