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This program has been instrumental in continuing to hone and evolve who I am as a human in this world…
I feel that I’ve been able to work through a lot of things in myself and some healing and trust has taken place since taking this training. It’s been a life changer for me.
Ember training combined the most recent trauma research, historical perspectives, and first-person narratives to give a full picture of how to best to consider teaching populations who have experienced trauma, all while making no one a victim, no imposed ideas of “us/them” or “broken/fixer”. Thank you for this.
One student came up from savasana with tears on her cheeks and a gentle smile remarking, “Well,I have done yoga before, but I’ve never experienced anything like that!
I was in a panic thinking that I’m trying to hold space for people, but who’s going to hold space for me?! Nevertheless, that was the highlight of the weekend for me. Out of a moment of discomfort sprouted a significant learning opportunity. It was a mere stepping stone on my path to helping others one day.
This program has allowed my healing process to come full circle and I feel immensely blessed to have participated.
One of the most outstanding moments of our EMBER TT weekend on self-care was the group listening exercise. During this time we first wrote about how we navigated a challenging time in our lives, and then we shared this with our classmates. It was wonderful to purposefully listen for each other’s strengths, actions of self-care, moments of change, and moments of learning. It was equally wonderful to hear from our friends and to realize our own strengths, and moments of growth and wisdom. It is astounding to realize that at the times in our lives when we felt the most scattered, lost, and weak, we were actually functioning with grace, power, mercy, and wisdom. Acknowledging this not only brings a smile to my face, but frees me a bit from the anxiety of the unknown: because I know I have been strong, fierce, resourceful, and wise in the past, I can have faith that I will be all these things again in the future.
I signed up for the training to better teach the populations that I work with, but along the way I discovered that I desperately needed these tools, too.
What catalyzed me to sign up for this training was that I experienced a ceiling to the amount of change and healing that could occur in my clients through just talk therapy. I wanted to incorporate body work in a way that was structured and empirically proven to be therapeutic. I am so excited to take this back to my clients who I have, as I said, already seen impacted by the concepts and practices of EMBER. I know how much it has changed me and I feel grateful to be able to pass this on to others as well.
This has not only been a learning experience for me as a teacher; it has been a personal journey
You don’t have to be perfect to be whole” was said in our initial training. I found this to be a profound statement because I usually am trying to be perfect, and I wasn’t sure that I believed that statement. By studying the books in this course, I am understanding that we are all doing the best we can.
I never imagined how much I would rely on this training in my ‘real world’ life. I am starting to come out of the darkness about my childhood and am finding comfort in the decisions I’ve made.
I’m really grateful for the weekend, because it took me out of my mind and into my body and eventually allowed me to connect the two back to each other again.
This program has taught me so much about the stuff in the world that is hard to talk about. It has even helped me deal with my own trauma.
Since I began teaching trauma sensitive yoga and learning more and more how to teach it, it has changed the way I teach ALL of my classes.
I don’t think a one page paper could do justice in describing the amount of learning about myself, others and trauma that I’ve been gifted with receiving.
The most important, general pieces that I will take with me is the increased awareness of the impact of trauma, the prevalence of trauma in our society, and the importance of empowerment, honoring individual experience, compassion, support, and love in our approach around healing trauma.
EMBER gave me a voice. It made me passionate about teaching. Passionate about being vulnerable and showing my students that we are a community, everyone is working toward a better place, and we can do it together.
I’ve been applying EMBER principles in my English Comp class. I just received an encouraging email from a 19 year old student who’s been going through some extremely difficult challenges. I’ll post his message below. (A Student Services counselor contacted me to let me know he was considering dropping my class.) Here he’s responding to the email I sent notifying him that his course grade improved dramatically after his most recent essay grade was entered: ”Hello Amy, Thanks so much!!! You’ve been so amazing to me. I really, really appreciate how much you’ve helped me. I am currently working with someone to help me get back on track and reclaim my life. This past week was rough, but I finally have a permanent place to stay. I am more focused than ever and I will have my assignments all completed by Thursday. I’m thanking you again for showing me that I am “resilient.” I will not let you down. Thanks for being courageous and relentless in finding ways to help me. I really appreciate all that you do.” I want you to know that without having taken EMBER training, I would not have had the skills or the perspective with which to help this student. Nor would I have been aware of my scope of work and been able to acknowledge my limitations. I have come to find that through EMBER training, I now see all individuals as full human beings, experts on themselves, even if only intuitively, subconsciously, or cellularly. I assume a person’s wholeness and am ready to be taught by them, and/or create the space for them to learn themselves in a new way. I am also ready to encourage them to find and use the resources available to us. Indeed, I feel this is one of the most influential teachings I have encountered.
eMBER: Mindfulness Based Emotional Resilience | Trauma Sensitive Yoga