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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, Ph.D., RYT-200

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?

Jennifer Cohen Harper, MA, E-RYT, RCYT

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

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 Loss at the Time of Menopause Can Masquerade as Depression

Distinguishing between “depressing” life changes and depression

Margaret Wehrenberg, PsyD

Natural life changes such as menopause can make our clients feel depressed. But it is NOT the same as clinical depression. Here's how to tell the difference.

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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

Irina Diyankova, Ph.D., RYT-200

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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Introduction to Yoga for Trauma Treatment

Adding simple yoga poses to talk therapy can help your clients break the crippling grip of trauma faster (NO yoga certification or crazy flexibility required)

Irina Diyankova, Ph.D., RYT-200

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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Breathing Is the Key to Managing Stress and Anxiety

Simple breathing exercises can calm you down when you’re overwhelmed by stress and anxiety.

Margaret Wehrenberg, PsyD

Stress and anxiety are a part of life, no question. But chronic stress and worry, if left unchecked, can harm both your physical and mental health. The first step to controlling your body’s responses to stress is to control your breathing, using these simple techniques.

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Cultivate Gratitude to Fight Anxiety in Children

Showing appreciation for our kids makes it easier for them to appreciate others, and themselves.

Jennifer Cohen Harper, MA, E-RYT, RCYT

Jennifer Cohen Harper shares easy ways to promote gratitude and positivity in your child’s day to day life.

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PESI Book Club: December 2019

How to grow your gratitude this holiday season.

PESI Team

This month's suggested reads include four books to help your clients be aware of and thankful for the positive habits and practices they experience. Plus, there's a FREE worksheet...

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PESI Book Club: November 2019

Four best-selling titles for your November reading list.

PESI Team

This month's suggested reads include four books to help manage challenging emotions and behaviors.

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