In an effort to offer mental health support to the community after the hurricane, Vibe Yoga is offering registered yoga teacher training sessions in December and January:
• Dec. 17-18: Hybrid Trauma-informed Yoga Teacher Training
• Jan. 16 – April 2023: Hybrid 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training
The hybrid trauma-informed yoga teacher training will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 17 and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 18. Candidates for the trauma-informed yoga teacher training include yoga instructors, therapists and counselors, wellness coaches, breathwork professionals, school counselors, athletic department professionals (coaches, trainers) and educators who want to learn about helping trauma victims through yoga. Participants can receive 15 CEUs for Yoga Alliance.
“I can confidently say this is the best training I have ever taken in my life,” said Jenna Pastorella, who taught yoga at Florida Gulf Coast University, where she recently graduated, and now teaches at Vibe Monday at 6 p.m. and every other Saturday at 10 a.m. “Incredibly valuable, personally groundbreaking, and a tool I believe will make me a better teacher and human.”
Training topics include an overview of regions of the brain, definition of trauma, symptoms and triggers of trauma, how trauma effects the brain, breakdown of the nervous system, polyvagal theory, creating a safe container, modifications and adaptations, trauma release exercises, creating an inner resource, and how yoga, meditation and breathwork help ease the effects of trauma.
“It was a great class. I loved it!” said Jonathan Ramirez Rivera, veteran service officer for Lee County Human and Veteran Services, who has attended Vibe’s trauma-informed yoga classes. “I suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury. Yoga has definitely helped me calm my mind.”
Additionally, a 200-hour hybrid yoga teacher training course, offering both online and in-person instruction, begins Jan. 16, 2023.
Students in the course will follow an independent online module for 120 hours. Each week, the training outlines the modules to complete, and then the class meets via Zoom from 7 to 9 p.m. every Monday, excluding holidays.
Information and registration for both sessions is available at VibeYogaSWFL.com.
About Vibe Yoga
Vibe Yoga is a Fort Myers yoga studio at 13461 Parker Commons Blvd., Suite 204, geared towards making every person feel welcome and comfortable. Vibe Yoga offers a variety of classes, including restorative, gentle, chair, all levels, power, yin, restorative, chair yoga, Warriors at Ease (trauma-informed yoga) and more. Lindsay Smith, the owner of Vibe Yoga has instructors certified by Warriors at Ease to lead trauma-informed yoga, which is offered free to the military and first responders. For more information about Vibe Yoga, visit vibeyogaswfl.com, check out Facebook and Instagram pages @vibeyogaswfl, text 239-221-6195, or email VibeYogaSWFL@gmail.com.