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Coming home to your body.

Resilience-Centered, Trauma-Responsive Yoga (RCTRY) for LGBTQQIA+ folks

With Patty Adams, MSW, LCSW, E-RYT
Mondays 6 – 7:15pm
September 16, 23, 30 and October 7, 2019

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Future series:
Intro to Somatics and Resilience; Rituals for Grief and Loss; Healing Space for Women; Healing Space for Fat Folks; Conscious Couple work; and more.

Series Details

Resilience-Centered, Trauma-Responsive Yoga for LGBTQQIA+ folks
With Patty Adams, MSW, LCSW, E-RYT

Mondays 6 – 7:15pm
September 16, 23, 30 and October 7

Cost: $100, paid in full before the start of the series.
Please reach out to discuss reduced tuition and payment options if needed.

Registered participants in this series are welcome to opt-in to Yoga for Queers weekly drop-in classes on Wednesdays for $5 / class. 

Location: Central Durham / Ninth St / East Campus area [Details shared upon registration.]
Accessibility: To access the yoga class space, participants will need to descend one flight of stairs (approximately 10 steps).

In this four-week, closed series, a small group of LGBTQQIA+ folks will gather to practice yoga in a mindful way that centers each individual’s power of choice. Participants are offered the opportunity to explore: being in the present moment, making choices, taking effective action, and being open to shared authentic experience.  

2Many health and relationship struggles are often connected to unresolved trauma, including anxiety, depression, behavioral issues, relationship stress, and addiction. Through a resilience-centered, trauma-responsive approach to mindful movement and embodied exploration, participants will be invited to come back home to their bodies, to their inherent wholeness, and to their innate ability to heal.

20141018_PattyAdams_145Facilitated by Patty Adams, MSW, LCSW, E-RYT

Patty is a community-based healing artist, somatic psychotherapist, experienced yoga teacher, founder/organizer of Yoga for Queers and Misfits, and language justice advocate. As a queer, white, cis fat femme woman committed to collective liberation, Patty shares yoga within an anti-racist, anti-oppressive, body positive and healing justice framework. See Patty’s full bio and training credentials here.

More details

This class weaves together the lineages of Trauma Center Trauma-Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) and trauma-informed yoga as taught by Hala Khouri, as well as skills and tools from the Community Resiliency Model (CRM), Somatic Experiencing (SE), Dialectical Behavior Skills (DBT), Yoga of Recovery (YoR), and the ancient traditions of Yoga and Ayurveda.

  • This group is for folks who self-identify as part of LGBTQQIA+ communities.
  • Each class will be 75 minutes, with time to arrive / center / orient to the space, time to explore physical yoga practices, and quiet time to incorporate the benefits of practice. Emphasis will be on each person exercising their power of choice and self-determination, of moving mindfully, and of exploring what it means to work in a way that is manageable.
  • “Closed group” means that no drop-ins will be allowed; the group will be limited to around eight (8) participants who will be asked to commit to the entire four (4) week series.
  • All interested folks are required to complete an application / screening process, in service of creating a safe(r) and intentional container for everyone involved.
  • This class will be all-levels – no prior yoga experience is required. That said, this class will mostly focus on exploration of physical yoga postures (yoga asana) done on a yoga mat, so folks should self-determine if this medium for healing exploration is a good fit.
  • This space will NOT include large group verbal processing or discussion of any kind. There will always be space given for folks to journal in silence as needed.
  • This class will NOT include hands-on adjustments of any kind.

“The goal of a trauma-informed yoga practice is to build resiliency and establish greater self-regulation. It’s about feeling safe and at-home in our bodies so that we can feel stable, empowered, have good self-esteem, and healthy relationships.” – Hala Khouri

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Previous classes  / series / offerings

Belonging in the Body: Somatics and Freedom

May 19, 2019

I believe (in) you.
A healing space for survivors.

October 10, 2018

blast it outBlast It Out! (2018)

Fourth Wednesdays* On pause right now
7:30 – 9:00pm
Health Associates in Durham
As always: Donation-based and InQlusive

*In general, the Fourth Wednesday is often but not always the LAST Wednesday of the month. 

I’m adding a monthly intermediate-level class to my roster. This is ideal for folks who want a playful, supportive space in which to explore some more challenging aspects of practice.

We’ll attend to alignment of the body heart and mind. We’ll play with stamina and resilience. We’ll dig deeper into some of the more elusive poses and support the journey through pranayama (breathwork) and sankalpa (wholehearted intention). “Practice class” means that I’ll be doing the yoga with you. Join me!

If you’re not sure whether this class is for you, why not try it out and see? We’ll still have a warm, welcoming, and friendly vibe going. You can still/always pause and chill and rest and modify. The main difference is that this class will be a bit longer (90 minutes) and will be more more challenging in the amount and level of poses.
Let me know if you have questions!

On pause at present

Past Blast It Out Classes, 2018
January 31
February 28
March 28
April 25
May 23
June 27
On Hiatus in July
August 29, 2018

Align and Shine

Concluded in Summer of 2017 after 7 wonderful years.

Saturdays 10:30-12 at Durham Yoga.