JOANN LUTZ, MSW, LICSW, E-RYT, C-IAYT

This simple intervention can be used anytime in the session when the client feels anxious, tense, ungrounded, or in some pain, or as part of a goal of learning to connect with body sensations.

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You can use this simple breath awareness exercise from the classic text, “The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali," in a therapy session to help the client direct their attention to internal states and balance their autonomic nervous system.

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When you use trauma-sensitive yoga as a therapeutic intervention with your clients, part of your role is to monitor the state of your client's autonomic nervous system, and to use somatic interventions when they need to bring it back into regulation. Here are 3 somatic interventions you can use with your client.

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Joann Lutz, MSW, LICSW, E-RYT, C-IAYT, is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, a Certified Yoga Therapist with the International Association of Yoga Therapists, an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher with the Yoga Alliance, and a Certified Ayurvedic Yoga Therapist.  She is also certified in EMDR and Psychosynthesis.  She had a private practice in Northampton, Massachusetts, where she incorporated trauma-informed yoga into groups for combat veterans, clients recovering from psychiatric disorders, and others.  She has practiced and taught Integral Yoga for over 35 years, and was a guest teacher at Omega Institute; Harbin Hot Springs; Rowe Conference Center and Sivananda Yoga Retreat, Bahamas, among other venues.



Joann completed 40 hours of trauma-sensitive yoga training with The Trauma Center in Boston, MA.  She has been training mental health professionals to bring trauma-informed yoga into their practices nationally and internationally for the past 7 years, bringing this work to universities, conferences, hospitals, ashrams and yoga centers.  Her CEU course, “Bringing Yoga into Social Work Practice,” was published by the National Association of Social Workers, Ma. Chapter, in 2014.  Her paper, “Classical Yoga Postures as a Psychotherapeutic Intervention for Autonomic Nervous System Regulation” was published in Proceedings of the Yoga and Psyche Conference (2014), by Cambridge Scholars Press.  Her book, Trauma Healing in the Yoga Zone, is forthcoming from Handspring Publishers.





Speaker Disclosures:



Financial: Joanne Lutz is in private practice. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.



Nonfinancial: Joanne Lutz has no relevant nonfinancial relationship to disclose.