TIMBo Mixed Gender Pilot Program (Trauma Informed Mind Body)


This class is taught by:

Emily Peterson

Formerly a competitive athlete, Emily Peterson began practicing yoga more than fifteen years ago in an attempt to manage chronic pain from injuries. While yoga was instrumental to her physical healing, Emily also discovered the power of yoga for practicing mindful acceptance. Emily's practice helped her learn to tolerate emotional discomfort and to stop struggling to change the present moment, thus opening up space for healing. For Emily, yoga offers an important meditative practice and the experience of a safe connection to her body, which were transformative and led to personal healing from an eating disorder, depression, and trauma.
 
Acting upon a deep desire to share with others, Emily began training with David Magone and obtained a 500-hour certification in PranaVayu Yoga. She additionally completed a Yin/Yang/Mindfulness intensive teacher training with Sarah Powers, as well as becoming a Usui Reiki Master, studying under the guidance of master teacher, Heather Smidt. She has also studied biomechanics and therapeutics extensively with Santosh Karmacharya. Emily discovered Suzanne Jones and yogaHope in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing, and became a licensed facilitator for TIMBo (Trauma Informed Mind Body program). Emily holds a B.A. in applied psychology from University of Illinois-Chicago, where she began studying Buddhism and mindfulness, which are central to her life and to yoga. She has studied extensively with Lama Migmar Tseten, Buddhist Chaplain of Harvard University. One day soon she will write her thesis and earn a master’s degree in government.
 
Influenced by a tradition of somatic-based work, Emily believes in the bi-directional relationship between psychology and physiology—the mind influences the body and the body influences the mind. In truth, there is no way to separate the two, and when we think of them as two different, distinct entities, we create disharmony. Health is achieved when there is harmony between and respect for both the body and the mind. Emily practices and facilitates yoga with the belief that true well-being and wellness begin with understanding how our bodies have adapted and developed in response to our surroundings and relationships. In short, listening to the body and discerning its wisdom is where healing and peace lie.
TIMBo Mixed Gender Program Pilot:
This Fall, yogaHOPE founder Sue Jones and TIMBo head trainer Emily Peterson are excited to offer the very first mixed gender TIMBo program pilot.
 
TIMBo for Men?
Over the years one of the questions most asked of us is "what about TIMBo for men?" Our international male TIMBo facilitators find TIMBo just as empowering, inspiring and healing as the women. So we have decided to pilot a mixed gender program here in the U.S.

TIMBo combines simple yoga-like movements, relaxation breathing, guided meditation, and a workbook-based approach to explore and better understand the impact of emotions such as fear, guilt, shame, and grief. Research has shown that upon completion of one full TIMBo program, participants’ symptoms of depression, anxiety, and (PTSD) are significantly lower. Not only this, but men and women score significantly higher on a measure of self-compassion after participation in the program as compared to before.

TIMBo facilitates personal growth that will help participants navigate life’s tensions through:

  • improved behavioral self-regulation through mindfulness
  • a self-compassionate understanding of human survival responses
  • social-emotional growth that promotes compassionate attunement to the self and to others
  • strengthening the sense of self and promoting confidence in relationships
  • developing a resilient worldview that enables participants to interact with life’s problems with composure and confidence

This program runs for sixteen weekly sessions, the first of which is an orientation. Total non-refundable cost of the program is $275 and includes the workbook.

Attendance policy: no more than three absences and no more than two consecutive absences.

Co-led by Emily Peterson and Sue Jones. 

Program runs on TUESDAYS: 

September 19th, 2017 through January 2nd, 2018

from 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Emily Peterson Bio: Emily is a certified 500-hour yoga instructor, Usui Reiki Master, and licensed TIMBo facilitator and lead trainer. Formerly a competitive athlete, she began practicing yoga to manage chronic pain from injuries more than 15 years ago. While yoga was instrumental in her physical healing, Emily also discovered the power of yoga for practicing mindful acceptance.

Emily's practice helped her learn to tolerate emotional discomfort and stop struggling to change the present moment, thus opening up space for healing. For Emily, yoga offered an important meditative practice and the experience of a safe connection to her body, which were transformative and led to personal healing from an eating disorder, depression, and trauma. Emily has facilitated TIMBo groups both online and in person and has been an integral part of the TIMBo training team for the last year.

Emily holds a B.A. in Applied Psychology from University of Illinois-Chicago, where she began studying Buddhism and mindfulness, which are central to her life and to yoga. For more information on healing and wellness through Reiki, Yoga, and TIMBo, visit emilypetersonwellness.com

Sue Jones Bio: Sue is founder and executive director of yogaHOPE, a nonprofit outreach organization dedicated to establishing rehabilitative yoga programs in residential facilities for underserved women. She has trained, inspired, and lead hundreds of volunteer yoga teachers, who have donated their time in substance abuse rehabilitation centers, domestic abuse safe houses, and homeless shelters for women.

Jones has been practicing yoga since 1997 and is a leading voice on the subject of mind-body practices for self-regulation and personal empowerment. A trained associate Baptiste yoga instructor, she combines her knowledge of Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga with her keen sense of intuition to craft classes that are cleansing, playful, and inspirational, and help her students to access a deeper understanding of themselves.

Sue Jones dedicates much of her time to researching the effects of yoga and mindfulness practices on survivors of trauma and those suffering from traumatic stress response. Her life and work have been profiled on CNN and in numerous publications, including Yoga Journal, the New York Times, Shape, and Whole Living.

 All workshops are non-refundable. 

 

 


Upcoming classes:

  • Tue Dec 19 7:30 am - 9:00 am with Emily Peterson
  • Tue Dec 26 7:30 am - 9:00 am with Emily Peterson
  • Tue Jan 02 7:30 am - 9:00 am with Emily Peterson