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Digital Seminar

Applied Polyvagal Theory In Yoga for Trauma Recovery

Arielle Schwartz, PhD, CCTP-II, E-RYT
59 Minutes
Nov 05, 2021
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At times, your body might react to a stressful event even before you are aware of the trigger. Even without conscious awareness, your brain and body have released a cascade of stress chemicals such as cortisol and adrenaline. This is one reason why clients cannot think their way out of the symptoms of stress or trauma; rather, you must work with the body to maximize healing. Time tested and research-based yoga practices can play an instrumental role in this process.

While you might recognize the value of bringing the body into trauma treatment, you might now know how. Applying polyvagal theory within therapeutic yoga provides a powerful foundation for lasting changes that promote physiological balance and psychological wellness. Through the lens of polyvagal theory, you will learn all about how the vagus nerve is a bi-directional information highway between mind and body—more importantly, you will learn how to help clients fine-tune their health with yogic based breath, movement, and awareness practices that become the building blocks for emotional and mental health.



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Arielle Schwartz, PhD, CCTP-II, E-RYT, is a clinical psychologist, internationally sought-out teacher, therapeutic yoga instructor, and leading voice in the healing of PTSD and complex trauma. She is the author of five books based upon her integrative, mind-body approach to trauma recovery: The Complex PTSD Workbook; The Post Traumatic Growth Guidebook; A Practical Guide to Complex PTSD; EMDR Therapy and Somatic Psychology; and The Complex PTSD Treatment Manual. Her unique blend of spirituality and science can be found in her writings, guided trauma recovery programs, and applied polyvagal theory in yoga for trauma recovery.

Dr. Schwartz is an accomplished teacher who guides therapist in the application of EMDR, somatic psychology, parts work therapy, and mindfulness-based interventions for the treatment of trauma and complex trauma. She is a longtime meditation and yoga practitioner with a passion, kindness compassion, joy and a succinct way of speaking about very complex topics. She is a longtime meditation and yoga practitioner with a passion for the outdoors; all of which she incorporates into her work as founder of the Center for Resilience Informed Therapy in Boulder, Colorado where she maintains a private practice providing psychotherapy, supervision, and consultation. Dr. Schwartz believes that the journey of trauma recovery is an awakening of the spiritual heart. Discover more at

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Arielle Schwartz maintains a private practice. She receives a speaking honorarium from The Maiberger Institute, AGATE Institute, PESI, Inc., Sounds True, and NScience. She receives royalties as a published author. Dr. Schwartz receives recording and book royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Arielle Schwartz serves on the board of directors for the Grief Support Network in Boulder, Colorado, and she is a yoga instructor at the City of Boulder Recreation Center. Dr. Schwartz is a member of The American Psychological Association (APA), EMDRIA, and the Colorado Association of Psychotherapists.

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  1. Apply polyvagal principles through practices that enhance safety through choice.
  2. Evaluate the role of Neuroception in mindful-body awareness.
  3. Demonstrate changes in Heart Rate Variability (HRV) and vagal told through gentle yogic breathing and movement practice.
  4. Assess how fascia or the connective tissue matrix is essential for mind-body communications.


  • Discuss the tiered response to threat and how yoga can help you and your clients soothe, calm, and regulate the nervous system  
  • Learn how to increase Heart Rate Variability (HRV) and vagal tone through conscious breathing and movement interventions  
  • Discuss the connective tissue and fascial system as related to therapeutic yoga 

Target Audience

  • Addiction Counselors
  • Counselors
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Physicians
  • Social Workers
  • Other Mental Health Professionals

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