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Releasing Trauma with Yoga

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Releasing Trauma With Yoga Workshops will be held every third Sunday of the month from November through March, 11:15 am – 1:15 pm in YWCA’s upstairs Group Fitness Studio.

November 17th: Compassion

December 15th: Relation

January 19th: Acceptance

February 16th: Centeredness

March 15th: Empowerment

This workshop is free for YWCA of Asheville Fitness and Aquatics Members! $5 per session for non-members. Participants can register for the entire series or come to an individual session. All attendees must register in advance.

Register in person at YWCA’s Guest Services, online through this link, via email by emailing Fitness Coordinator Marty Edes at marty.edes@ywcaofasheville.org or by phone by calling Marty at (828) 254-7206 x 213.

With an orientation in subtle and clinical trauma, this workshop will educate participants about the effects of trauma and stress on the mind and body, along with providing tools for creating relaxation and healing.

Each class begins with a lecture of how the nervous system functions in the body including relevant research on the impacts of trauma, moving into how yoga helps us work with trauma through research, and finally learning and practicing some skills that can help anyone to feel more at ease, empowered and in control in any yoga class.

About the instructor: Holly Edmonson is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) who currently teaches yoga at YWCA and the Charles George VA Medical Center. Holly says, “yoga helps me to feel closer to myself and to others, and sharing it brings me so much gratitude and joy.” In 2018, Holly attended a 40-hour training in Trauma-Informed Yoga Practices with David Emerson at the Kripalu Yoga Center. Holly has continued to seek out more methodologies, such as Adaptive Yoga, Yoga Nidra, Mindful Resilience based Yoga with the Veteran’s Yoga Project, and many different mindfulness techniques for trauma, anxiety, depression and recovery.  Holly is conducting a small research project with her current classes at the VA Hospital and employs the use of pain and distress measures in order to assure that the yoga and information is needed and effectively applied. For this particular workshop, an optional PTSD or mindfulness survey will give the participants tools for measuring their progress.

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Holly Edmonson, Instructor

Releasing Trauma With Yoga Workshops will be held every third Sunday of the month from November through March, 11:15 am – 1:15 pm in YWCA’s upstairs Group Fitness Studio.

November 17th: Compassion

December 15th: Relation

January 19th: Acceptance

February 16th: Centeredness

March 15th: Empowerment

This workshop is free for YWCA of Asheville Fitness and Aquatics Members! $5 per session for non-members. Participants can register for the entire series or come to an individual session. All attendees must register in advance.

Register in person at YWCA’s Guest Services, online through this link, via email by emailing Fitness Coordinator Marty Edes at marty.edes@ywcaofasheville.org or by phone by calling Marty at (828) 254-7206 x 213.

Your health and the health of our community is our top priority. As such, we are closing YWCA facilities to the public and transitioning into a community resource center.

  • Our gym facilities and childcare are closed until May 15th.
  • However this date is subject to change. More information on the services we will be offering to the community will be posted on our social media and website.