Module 4: GIRAFFES CAN’T DANCE: Childhood Trauma & How the Body Keeps Score

Key Topics

  • Koshas
  • Brain Development
  • Trauma & the Emotional Backpack
  • Yoga Nidra
  • Creating Safe Spaces
  • Practicum

The Experience

94% of counseling center directors reported in a recent survey that the recent trend toward greater numbers of students with severe psychological problems continues to be true on their campuses. 26% of children in the U.S. witness or experience a traumatic event before they turn four years old. 11% of girls ages 14 to 17 reported experiencing sexual assault or abuse during the past year. 41% of youth under 18 reported experiencing a physical assault in the last year. 14% of children have experienced abuse by a caregiver (from the National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children). Our children are crying out for help. Unfortunately, as parents and providers, caregivers and caretakers, we’re not always equipped to meet the needs of those we love, care for, and serve. The good news is we can change this sad reality. We can learn to be the rock our kids need us to be, the calm, steady nervous system for them to plug into, the role models for resiliency they need to not just survive but thrive in this dynamic, ever-evolving landscape. The challenges young people face are profound. Our response needs to be even bigger.

Our time together in this session will focus on why things are the way they are, how we can become trauma-informed and create trauma-informed spaces, and strategies we can use for better self-care to avoid compassion fatigue and vicarious traumatization, as well mind-body skills for emotional regulation that we can utilize with young people. Designed for anyone interested in finding a better way to serve those who need our help the most, and in rediscovering the passion and purpose that inspires us to love and care for our most vulnerable. Key module activities will include a combination of discussion, yoga Nidra practices, and a practicum experience with community members.


6.5 hours

Dr. Ryan Allen

Lead Facilitator

Dr. Ryan Allen


Nov 10 2019


9:00 am - 3:30 pm




Yoga Okoboji
3735 Zenith Ave, Spirit Lake, IA 51360

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