Lanie Bergin provides CEU’s for yoga teachers – she is a Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider (YACEP®).
Moving off the Yoga Mat Workshops include such topics as:
  • Trauma Informed Yoga. Teachers can expect to deepen their awareness and understanding of the types and degrees of trauma. Teachers will also practice ways to understand their own body in regards to the topic and how they perceive trauma. We will discuss an important subject about how to suggest adjustments or modifications verbally only.  We can’t expect to understand what kind of trauma yoga students have or are experiencing, but we can be aware of the overall affects of trauma.
  • Kinesio-mythic™ Anatomy and Kinesiology. Teachers will study the body through the perspectives of mythology, psychology and metaphor. Most yoga students are not really interested in the anatomy of yoga, they want to feel better, release tension and feel “centered” again, whatever that means to the individual. This workshop can help teachers reach students with language that can evoke and deepen their senses about their body on all levels. We all live in a world of personal and collective symbols, and as teachers we can draw from a banquet of thought provoking cues during the exploration of asanas.
  • Self-care for Yoga Teachers. This is workshop helps teachers to renew and recharge their spiritual, emotional and psychological well-being. The benefits of this class may well indeed change or modify the way you teach. Maybe the pace of your class or cues need adjusting, maybe you need to modify your teaching schedule…when we take time to reflect with others our world becomes expansive and we get the validation needed to help us thrive in our work.
The Scope of Somatic-based Expressive Arts Education and Therapy for personal and professional development

Lanie’s diverse background in somatic therapy, yoga therapy and expressive arts therapy come together to create a unique curricula for yoga teachers.

All the Moving off the Yoga Mat workshops are supported by the principles, practices and lessons in somatic based expressive arts education and therapy. Expressive arts education and therapy is about the particular qualities and approaches that can be learned and applied as a creative process and which illuminate ways of being, knowing and doing. The curriculum includes a practice that is holistic and dynamic and involves reflection, description and problem solving. We employ a mixed-modality approach of identifying and explaining intrapersonal and interpersonal relationships/communication and creativity in a discovery-oriented process.

A look inside one of the Moving off the Yoga Mat workshops  — for personal and professional development concerning the matters of self-care, leadership and support
Example Inquiry

In this exercise, two yoga teachers worked together utilizing some of their newly found resources from previous activities. They were able to engage in a powerful aesthetic response using an embodied education formula. The teacher who produced this drawing received important information from her partner, as the observer saw an entirely different story and was able to shed light and insight for the owner of the drawing.

DinaTake a look at the drawing and maybe you can imagine how the yoga teacher initially felt -a downward focus with movement closed and against her. Now, go back to her drawing again and imagine her shift (with careful guidance from her partner) -she has moved into an opening; with her arms stretched out, head up, and now she sees her opened posture. She is transformed — visually, emotionally and physically.


After-class comments:

Would you recommend this workshop to fellow teachers, if so what would you say to them?

Yes, definitely. I would say if they’re feeling stagnant or uncreative in their practice/teaching this is a perfect way to break out of the rut, and access their creativity. Or even just to nourish their hearts so they feel lighter emotionally. ~ Robin Chen, Yoga Teacher, Portland, OR

Based on what you experienced in the workshop, what is your personal understanding of “expressive arts and moving with awareness?”

I suppose that it involves using your body and nonverbal self to become more aware of yourself–your relationship to your/my body and to others as well. It means paying more attention to my own body. Yoga has already done that for me, but the initial exercise you had us do took it another step. Also, to observe and learn how I communicate with my body in a movement sense. (And, without paying as much attention to the dimension of non-verbal communication I normally focus on.) ~ Tara Atkinson, Holistic Health & Nutrition Coach and Yoga Instructor

After Lanie’s workshop I felt my spine in a new way. How I move took on a new dimension what was specifically meaningful to me. Lanie combines wonderful elements of creativity, inner dialogue and movement together in her work. Thanks Lanie.” ~ Christine Toscano, Licensed Acupuncturist and Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner // The Feldendkrais Center at Salmon Creek, WA

Are there things you learned that you think you can apply to your own practice and instruction with your students? If so, what?

I could see using some of the movement, art or writing activities with health coaching clients. ~Nutrition Coach/Yoga Instructor

Please describe any new insights that you learned about yourself, physically, mentally, and emotionally?

I realized how challenging it was for me to follow my instincts without “thinking.” Using the mindfulness, the walking, and the expressive motion, I was able to bypass some of that heady thinking and channel creativity instinctively. By the end of the workshop I let a free-word-association poem be channeled through me without stopping the flow of creativity for even a moment. THAT was pretty amazing since my brain usually tends to pre-screen the words I say and write. ~ Yoga Instructor

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