Yoga

Neurogenic Yoga™ with Jennica

Neurogenic Yoga is a revolutionary technique in trauma healing and stress reduction.

This practice combines yoga asana and pranayama with the body’s natural, therapeutic shaking response. This shaking response in humans, much the same as the instinctual shaking in animals, is the nervous system’s way of discharging long-held tension and trauma, or unconscious muscle contraction in order to restore the body to wholeness. When the nervous system identifies threat, vibration or shaking in the body is designed to occur automatically. However, negative social constructs and beliefs around what it means to allow ourselves to shake, tremor, or show vulnerability, condition us out of this innate release mechanism at a very early age. Neurogenic Yoga reawakens our body’s intrinsic release mechanism for optimal health.

Neurogenic Yoga is a simple, gentle and profound practice that facilities the lengthening and relaxation of the psoas muscle and the release of physical and emotional stress and tension. During a Neurogenic Yoga practice, we safely self induce therapeutic vibration using yoga postures and breath. Often vibration begins in the legs and may spread throughout the entire body. This method is based on Dr. David Berceli’s technique of Trauma Releasing Exercises® (TRE) .


Who can benefit from Neurogenic Yoga?

If you have ever gotten up to speak in front of an audience and gotten “knocking knees”, been in a car accident and found yourself shaking afterwards, or found yourself angry and had shaking in your belly or other body parts, then you have experienced this type of vibration. Since this shaking mechanism in the muscles is part of our natural behavior as humans, everyone can benefit. These self-induced therapeutic tremors increase the resiliency of the body because they cause deep relaxation that naturally reduces stress levels and muscle contraction. These vibrations can release emotions ranging from mild upset to severe anxiety whether it is caused by work stress, excessive worry, conflict in relationships, physical stresses, or traumas from accidents. Additionally, tremoring has been reported to reduce and eliminate pain, increases mobility, and aid healing of recent and past injuries.

Whether you are a parent/spouse who would like more patience with your family, a survivor of violence or an accident, a soldier suffering with PTSD, or simply someone who wants to become more resilient and healthier, you can benefit from Neurogenic Yoga.

Reported benefits include:

  • Release of chronic tension and increase of energy and stamina
  • Discharge of buried emotional and physical trauma
  • Freedom from symptoms of sciatica and fibromyalgia
  • Decrease of aches and pains
  • Improved sleep
  • Improved circulation
  • Improved mood
  • Improved sense of feeling grounded and focused
  • Improved flexibility

Private and Semi-private sessions

Private or Semi Private Neurogenic Yoga sessions are geared to all levels of ability and can aid in flexibility, stress reduction, and increased focus.  These sessions can also address issues such as chronic pain and injuries. Each Neurogenic Yoga session will allow you to experience yourself through mindful movement, meditation, yoga asana self-induced therapeutic tremoring. Beginners can learn the basics and develop a personal practice while advanced yoga practitioners can take their practice to new depths.

Please visit Upcoming Events for Neurogenic Yoga workshops and trainings.


Neurogenic Yoga Teacher Certification

Neurogenic Yoga Lead TrainersJennica Mills and Maria Alfaro

Neurogenic Yoga Lead Trainers
Jennica Mills and Maria Alfaro

Those who complete the Neurogenic Yoga Teacher Certification will be certified to teach Neurogenic Yoga within the context of a yoga class setting. (Group and individual sessions are applicable).  This certification is specifically designed to integrate self-induced therapeutic tremoring into the yoga experience.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how the tremor response works within your own body. We provide ample opportunity to practice Neurogenic Yoga within a professional learning environment.
  • Learn the theory behind how and why Neurogenic Yoga balances the nervous system. I.e. Specific to the autonomic nervous system, anatomy, etc.
  • Learn how to facilitate Neurogenic Yoga within a yoga class setting.

Prerequisites

In order to participate in the Neurogenic Yoga Teacher Certification, individuals must:

  • Be a 200-hour certified yoga instructor.
  • Have taught public yoga classes for a minimum of 1 year.
  • Have taught at least 200 group yoga classes. Private yoga classes (1 student) are not applicable. Please only count group yoga classes (2 or more students).

To learn more about the application process visit the Neurogenic Yoga website.

UPCOMING Neurogenic Yoga Teacher Certification Trainings!

“WOW-I have felt a dramatic shift in my body, being, and mind since the workshop. I have to admit, I can be a bit skeptical about new things-fear of being vulnerable, and residual trust issues and all that neat stuff. However, I made an intention to be fully open and have an experience during the workshop-and that I did! The results have been amazing. I am less afraid to be myself. I usually have tension in my neck and shoulders, and that completely went away instantly. I feel like I can take deeper breaths, and my emotions are way less scary-I can stay present with them, which has always been hard for me to do.”

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