Pawan Bareja, PhD has practiced Vipassana meditation since 2001. She is a graduate of the Spirit Rock Teacher Training, a Buddhist Ritual Minister and a Community Dharma Leader at Spirit Rock. She has taught classes and day-longs on healing trauma using mindfulness at Spirit Rock, San Francisco Insight, EBMC, and Esalen. In her private practice as Trauma Resolution Practitioner, Pawan works with a diverse population of clients and teaches mindfulness meditation. For the past 18 years, Pawan has been a senior assistant at Somatic Experiencing trauma healing trainings and has traveled to India to teach this work to professional care providers.
Saturday, 4/22/23, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Breakout: Building A Resilient and Regulated Nervous System after Trauma
Enhancing our health requires us to awaken our body’s innate ability to heal. But trauma dysregulates the nervous system and results in non-verbal traumatic responses which may lead to health issues, body constrictions and emotional reactivity. This workshop will provide a high-level overview of our nervous system with practical tools to elicit our relaxation response.
Saturday, 4/22/23, 1:30 – 3:00 PM
Breakout: Being Present in the Body – Using Mindfulness to work with Trauma
Is it possible to recognize the traumatic responses in your body? How does mindfulness practice help you work with old emotional and physical wounds to free up your frozen, survival-based energy, so that you may feel more settled, grounded, and calm in your everyday life? Expect a workshop of teachings that facilitate an exploration of your traumatic responses in your animal body, mindfulness-based experiential exercises to free up energy, and ways to recognize the felt-sense of being grounded and settled. The workshop will emphasize movement and mindfulness meditation practice.
Sunday, 4/23/23, 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM
6- hour Post Conference CE: Befriending Ourselves: Healing Trauma and Building Resiliency using Mindfulness
Our desire to be happy is our most basic urge, but physical or emotional trauma can get in the way. They inhibit our daily life through stress and anxiety. This workshop is designed to empower participants to begin to work with their trauma responses using somatic (body-based) skills and mindfulness meditation tools. Specifically, the mindfulness practices of the body will be used to work with the stress responses in the body to help free up energy. Heart practices of Loving-kindness, Compassion, Sympathetic Joy and Equanimity will be used to develop a more settled, grounded and calm feeling in everyday life.
Working directly with the body begins healing the trauma by discharging the unresolved traumatic energy that gets bound in the nervous system in a variety of ways as body constriction and emotional reactivity. With the somatic and mindfulness tools offered in this class, the nervous system can begin to regain its innate capacity to self-regulate.
In this workshop we will combine mindfulness meditation practices with skills of Somatic Experiencing®, a trauma healing modality designed by Dr. Peter Levine. The class structure includes didactic presentations, discussion, movement and meditation.