Yoga As a Support for Healing Trauma

Rooted in the approach developed by David Emerson and Bessel Van der Kolk of the Trauma Center in Brookline, MA, this workshop will offer a yoga practice that prioritize the needs of students recovering from trauma. Each class will consist of one hour of yoga practice, followed by a small discussion of how trauma can affect the body-mind and nervous system and what role Yoga plays in healing. This workshop is welcoming of but not limited to those who would self-describe themselves as experiencing or been clinically diagnosed with Post- Traumatic Stress. 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, 7:00-8:30pm from November 27th – December 18th.

This 4 week series is being offered Pay-What-You-Can $20-$80. The value of this series is $80. Sign-up from here.

You can pay online for the series in increments of $10 between $20-$80. 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: refunds are not available for missed classes. No substitutions. Cancellations for this series must be made 24 hours in advance of the first class.

 Lilly Bechtel is a Kripalu and Trauma-Sensitive Yoga instructor, musician and freelance journalist with 10 years of experience offering arts and yoga programs in correctional facilities, rehabilitation centers and veteran’s hospitals. Her writing has appeared in USA Today, The Huffington Post, The Brooklyn Rail, elephant journal and Best Practices for Yoga with Veterans, a book published in 2016. Co-founder of Union Yoga, Lilly facilitates private yoga retreats for weddings and special events, as well as quarterly retreats for community, celebration and healing.

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