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Psychobiological & Spiritual Perspectives on Trauma

Increasing our Capacity for Connection, Aliveness & Joy:
A 5-Part Series with Julie Brown Yau

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In this unique 5-week interactive course, we will explore how to create healthier levels of connection, aliveness & joy. By deepening our knowledge of trauma and how trauma affects us, we can begin to resolve symptoms and unconscious patterns and defenses, to significantly enhance our lives and relationships. Exploring the intrinsic relationship between trauma and spirituality can foster emotional maturity and psycho-spiritual growth. Each week we will explore different aspects of trauma, with psychobiological, neuroscientific & spiritual perspectives. A weekly somatic practice will assist us in self-regulation, deepening somatic awareness, and expanding our capacity for embodied presence. The traumas we endure and resolve within the body/mind are a crucial part of opening to deeper levels of compassion and awakening the spiritual heart.


Dr Julie Yau is an expert in the field of healing trauma. She specializes in the resolution of developmental, complex, and shock trauma. She holds a PhD in somatic depth psychology, and Masters in both spiritual psychology and depth psychology. Dr. Julie is  trained in a number of body/mind modalities including somatic experiencing and NARM. She is a trained dream pattern analyst and was a yoga and and meditation teacher. Using a unified approach, Julie’s work and teaching addresses the challenging physiological and psychological symptoms of trauma. Dr Julie has also been the director of education and program development at CCALS since 2002. She continues to give talks and write on the topic of trauma and spirituality. Dr. Julie has a private practice in laguna beach, CA., and works on Skype world wide.


Course Description:

Week 1 (April 1, 2017): The Language of Trauma
Defining types and categories of trauma.
Spiritualizing and intellectualizing – Avoiding distress in the body.
The outcome of the resolution of trauma.
Duration: 90 mins

Week 2 (April 8, 2017): Somatic and Spiritual Pathways to Healing Trauma
Demystifying the polyvagal theory.
Touching the primitive edge of experience.
Awakening the spiritual heart.
Duration: 90 mins

Week 3 (April 15, 2017): The Transformative Power of Destructive Emotions
Dismantling patterns and defenses.
Exploring shame, guilt & anger.
The enteric nervous system, pranayama and the vagus nerve. (The polyvagal theory continued).
Duration: 90 mins

Week 4  (April 22, 2017): Early Trauma, Imagination and Corrective Experiences
How early environmental failure affects who we think we are.
Reconciliation of inner conflict and the resolution of dilemmas.
Reviving the authentic self and sense of destiny.
Duration: 90 mins

Week 5  (April 29, 2017): Bringing it altogether. Integration, Assimilation & Organization
Developing agency and cultivating compassion.
Living your authentic, essential & embodied self.
Duration: 90 mins

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