Yoga as a Support for Healing Trauma

Rooted in the researched approach developed by Bessel Van der Kolk, author of The Body Keeps the Score and David Emerson, author of Overcoming Trauma Through Yoga, this workshop will offer a yoga practice that prioritizes the needs of students recovering from trauma. Each class will consist of a yoga practice combining movement, breathwork and meditation. The general design of the class will be the same each meeting, with absolutely no requirement for personal disclosure. This workshop is welcoming of but not limited to those who would self-describe themselves as experiencing or have been clinically diagnosed with Post- Traumatic Stress. Those working through chronic stress and extreme anxiety are also welcome to join. If you are unsure of whether this is for you, or would simply like to get in touch with any questions, please don’t hesitate to write Lilly at

This course will be offered on Mondays, 7:00-8:15pm from April 16th through May 21st.

This 6 week series is being offered Pay-What-You-Can $30-$120. The value of this series is $120. Sign-up from here.

You can pay online for the series in increments of $10 between $30-$120. You are also welcome to pay over the phone at 434-218-7677, or in person at our Jefferson School location when we have other services going on.

This series will require a minimum of 8 people to be signed-up. If we haven’t hit the minimum we will contact those already signed up so that we all have chance to recruit a friend or two in the last few days!

 Please note: No substitutions. Cancellations for this series must be made at least 24 hours in advance of the first class, refunds will not be issued after this point. Refunds are not available for missed classes.

About Lilly: Lilly Bechtel is a Kripalu and Trauma-Informed Yoga instructor, writer and musician. With nine years of experience offering yoga in studios, correctional facilities, rehabs and hospitals, her teaching practice examines the relationship between self-empowerment and social change. Lilly believes if you can walk you can dance, if you can talk you can sing and if you can breathe, you can practice Yoga. Whether offering beginner or more advanced level classes, she invites her students to listen to their own music, intelligence and creativity.

Her writing has appeared in “USA Today”, “The Brooklyn Rail” “The Faster Times” “Public Books” “The Huffington Post” and “elephant journal.” She is currently working on a book based on interviews with veterans, which explores the role of mindfulness in the military. More information: Body Song Yoga.

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