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How Yoga Promotes Both Top-Down and Bottom-Up Regulation in Trauma Survivors

Discover how yoga can discharge memories stored in the nervous system of trauma survivors

Irina Diyankova, PhD, RYT-200 reveals how yoga stimulates both top-down and bottom-up regulation, which can help trauma survivors reset their nervous systems back to baseline.

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5 Ways to Help Children with Coronavirus Anxiety

Are the children in your life noticing your increasing tension?

While we can’t eliminate the transmission of our own anxiety to the children in our lives, we can mitigate the impact in some significant ways. Here’s how.

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A Single Goal: How the Aim of Yoga and Mental Health Counselors are One and the Same

Discover how the ancient practice of yoga fits in perfectly with trauma treatment

Debra Premashakti Alvis, PhD provides a short summary of yoga philosophy and reveals why it’s a fantastic complementary therapy for trauma survivors.

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How to Talk About Feelings with Kids

Watch the Balloon Metaphor Demonstration

We keep holding onto the feelings and eventually we're going to pop. Instead, let's let it out little by little.

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How Trauma Creates Narrow “Windows of Tolerance” in Survivors

Why trauma survivors react dramatically to stimulus, and how you can help them handle stress in healthy ways

Trauma survivors can struggle to self-regulate and control their responses to everyday stressors and the unexpected. In this short video, Irina Diyankova, Ph.D., RYT-200 reveals why trauma survivors are more prone to extreme reactions to stress such as rage, binge drinking and self-harm.

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Five lifestyle factors that can help clients make progress faster

How the acronym “SEEDS” can improve emotional stability, cognitive function, and resilience.

Barbara Neiman, OTR, John Arden, PhD

Are you missing the big picture? Learn how five simple lifestyle changes can help treat trauma, anxiety, and depression.

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Introduction to Yoga for Trauma Treatment

Help your clients break the crippling grip of trauma faster (NO yoga certification or crazy flexibility required)

PESI Team

Irina Diyankova, PhD, RYT-200 busts some stubborn myths about yoga and who it’s for (hint: It’s NOT just for skinny, flexible people). You’ll also discover the many benefits of using yoga in trauma treatment.

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Dr. Bessel van der Kolk on Interoception & Yoga

Effective Trauma Treatment

It’s frustrating when your client gets stuck — overwhelmed by fear, shame, helplessness...Here’s one solution that’s extremely effective in moving therapy forward.

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Play Therapy Activities to Help Kids Achieve Greater Self-Regulation

Interventions based in Play Therapy and Mindfulness to understand and improve the world of children

Tracy Turner-Bumberry, LPC, RPT-S, CAS, shares simple, playful and on-point interventions that combines mindfulness, expressive arts and play to help kids achieve greater self-regulation, focus more and stress less.

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Taming the Wild Things

Helping anxious kids and those trying to shield them from feelings of fear, insecurity, uncertainty, or discomfort.

Lynn Lyons, LICSW

Lynn Lyons, LICSW, shares how to override the demanding voice of anxiety.

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