Yoga with Dr. Arielle Schwartz, Licensed Psychologist, E-RYT

Hello friends near and far. My name is Dr. Arielle Schwartz. I am a clinical psychologist and Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT) who specializes in therapeutic yoga for trauma.

If you’d like to practice with me live, my next class is
July 13, 2024

Please bring a mat, 1-2 blocks, strap, and blanket.

When? July 13, 2024, 9 am until 10:30 am MST
Where? Wherever you are via Zoom

All classes are donation based. If you feel moved to do so,
you may do so here:

About Therapeutic
Yoga for Trauma

Therapeutic yoga is tremendously effective, in part because of how yoga interacts with your vagus nerve. Your yoga practice helps you to become increasingly flexible…not just of the physical body but in your nervous system. This will help you become skilled at switching between sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system with greater ease and choice.

Research has shown tremendous benefits of yoga for increased vagal tone, stress reduction, and trauma recovery.

You can learn how to regulate the functioning of your vagus nerve with techniques such as altering the rhythm of your breath, practicing mindful body awareness, and exploring physical yoga postures to create greater choice about your level of arousal or activation. You can also gently stimulate the vagus nerve with yoga postures that open across your chest, throat, and belly.

Key principles of class:

  • You are your own best teacher
  • Listen to the cues you receive from your body, mind, and breath about the state of your nervous system
  • Honor your body, your pace, and let your breath be your guide
  • Each posture is an opportunity to explore
  • There is nothing to perfect and no goal to achieve
  • Follow your instincts and make the practice a unique expression of you
  • Have fun and let yourself find your inner joy
  • Stop and rest as often as you would like
  • Let this practice nourish your body, mind, and soul

Therapeutic Yoga for Trauma emphasizes mat-based practices that walk you through the sacred path of yoga to facilitate your own courageous journey of self-discovery and help you release the adverse effects of trauma from your body and mind.

If you are a therapist or yoga teacher, you will learn how to guide your clients or students through yoga practices that facilitate trauma recovery. The addendum of this book offers guidance on how to design a sequence of postures for an individual client or student, as well as a framework for creating a six-week therapeutic yoga class for a group of students.

“Arielle masterfully bridges her well-developed model of therapeutic yoga with polyvagal theory. In doing so, she has creatively found paths to support the recovery of her readers as they share, through the powerful and insightful tools embedded in yoga, a journey of re-embodiment, co-regulation, healing, and discovery.” (From the Foreword)

—Stephen W. Porges, PhD

Applied polyvagal theory in yoga provides simple conscious breathing, vagal toning, mindful movement, and meditation practices that can easily be integrated into a psychotherapy session. Readers will discover how to help both clients and themselves cultivate a felt sense of ease during times of safety; enhance their capacity to handle challenges with equanimity; and reclaim their ability to recover from stress swiftly and efficiently.

If you’re unable to make it to a class, or you’re looking for more Vagus Nerve Yoga
resources, my pre-recorded classes are available on YouTube.

Vagus Nerve Yoga and Resilience Informed Therapy Resources

To access more resources, including those focused on Applied Polyvagal Theory
in Yoga, you’re invited to explore below.