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iRespect Yoga – May 31

 

Join Bailey Martineau (trauma-informed certified kids yoga teacher) and Sarah Maetche (registered yoga teacher – RYT-200) for iRespect Yoga. In this second session we will reflect inward through breath work, meditation and moving our bodies. A focus will be place on the principle of ahimsa.

This evening one-hour session is designed for EVERYBODY – all abilities, ages and bodies. No mat required. Please come as you are. Join us from your couch, a chair or maybe a mat on your patio.

 

Date: Monday, May 31

Time: 7 p.m.

Place: CASASC Instagram (@CASASC3) via live

 

This session is brought to you by the Central Alberta Sexual Assault Support Centre. CASASC is committed to ending the culture of sexual violence and helping to build safer communities for all Central Albertans through promoting awareness and healing, education, empowerment and renewal. CASASC specializes in healing sexual trauma so you can talk freely about the hard stuff with no judgement.

This session is offered free-of-charge, but donations to CASASC are gratefully accepted. Donate online via Canadahelps: https://www.canadahelps.org/en/dn/5162

Registration is not required. Attend the session via Instagram Live (@CASASC3)

 

This event is part of CASASC’s Respect Month – a month-long awareness campaign that acknowledges Sexual Violence Awareness Month through the concept of respect.

iRespect Yoga – May 10

Join Bailey Martineau (trauma-informed certified kids yoga teacher) and Sarah Maetche (registered yoga teacher – RYT-200) for iRespect Yoga. In this first session we will reflect inward through breath work, meditation and moving our bodies. A focus will be place on the principle of ahimsa.

This lunchtime half-hour session is designed for EVERYBODY – all abilities, ages and bodies. No mat required. Please come as you are. Join us from your couch or your office chair.

 

Date: Monday, May 10

Time: 12 p.m. (noon)

Place: CASASC Instagram (@CASASC3) via live

 

This session is brought to you by the Central Alberta Sexual Assault Support Centre. CASASC is committed to ending the culture of sexual violence and helping to build safer communities for all Central Albertans through promoting awareness and healing, education, empowerment and renewal. CASASC specializes in healing sexual trauma so you can talk freely about the hard stuff with no judgement.

This session is offered free-of-charge, but donations to CASASC are gratefully accepted. Donate online via Canadahelps: https://www.canadahelps.org/en/dn/5162

Join us for the second iRespect Yoga session on May 31 at 7 p.m. Registration is not required. Attend both sessions via Instagram Live (@CASASC3)

 

This event is part of CASASC’s Respect Month – a month-long awareness campaign that acknowledges Sexual Violence Awareness Month through the concept of respect.

 

Warming Winter Yoga

 

Join Bailey Martineau (trauma-informed certified kids yoga teacher) and Sarah Maetche (registered yoga teacher – RYT-200) for a warming yoga practice to designed to embrace these cold winter days.

This one-hour session is designed for EVERYBODY – all abilities, ages and bodies.

 

Date: Tuesday, Feb. 16th

Time: 12 p.m. (noon) and 7 p.m.

Place: CASASC Instagram (@CASASC3) via live

 

This session is brought to you by the Central Alberta Sexual Assault Support Centre. CASASC is committed to ending the culture of sexual violence and helping to build safer communities for all Central Albertans through promoting awareness and healing, education, empowerment and renewal. CASASC specializes in healing sexual trauma so you can talk freely about the hard stuff with no judgement.

This session is offered free-of-charge, but donations to CASASC are gratefully accepted. Donate online via Canadahelps: https://www.canadahelps.org/en/dn/5162

Pre-registration is not required. Attend either session via Instagram Live (@CASASC3)

 

Family Yoga Flow

Join Bailey Martineau (trauma-informed certified kids yoga teacher) and Sarah Maetche (yoga teacher in training) for a yoga flow designed for the family, whatever family means to you – parents, grandparents, stepkids, family by choice, found family or fur family.

Family Yoga Flow is offered at two different times: 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 5.

Family Yoga Flow is a one-hour session is designed for EVERYBODY – all abilities, ages and bodies. It is offered free-of-charge, but donations to CASASC will be gratefully accepted. 

A waiver will be sent out via email prior to the session.

We will send out the link (via email) for the Zoom session to those registered one hour before the scheduled session. For those who want to attend via Instagram Live, please join the feed (@CASASC3) at the scheduled time.

Link to morning session (10 a.m.): https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/family-yoga-flow-morning-tickets-126475406345

Link to evening session (6:30 p.m.): https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/family-yoga-flow-evening-tickets-126477101415

PRIDEful Yoga + Meditation

It’s Central Alberta Pride and we are celebrating by getting down on our mats for a PRIDEful yoga + meditation practice.

Building off the momentum of the Central Alberta Yogathon, join us on Wednesday, August 12 over the lunch hour for an empowering + self-love themed yoga session.

This virtual one-hour practice will be led by Bailey Martineau (trauma-informed certified kids yoga teacher) and Sarah Maetche (yoga teacher in training).  It is designed for all abilities, ages and bodies.

PRIDEful is offered free-of-charge. Donations to CASASC are gratefully accepted.

A waiver will be sent out via email prior to the session. We will send out the link (via email) for the Zoom session to those registered on August 12 at 10:30 a.m.

Register here via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/prideful-yoga-meditation-with-casasc-tickets-114709180246

 

The healing power of Yoga: A kids’ perspective

When we shift from focusing on “fixing” the child to “connecting” with the child, we create a safe space that allows them to discover skills that support healing.

The yoga experience allows us to connect through presence, excitement and mindful care, all the while creating the space for children’s own bodies and minds to do the amazing things they were made to do.

When children have been abused, their bodies shut down in a completely different way. Child sexual abuse indicators can include:

  • Sudden sensual fear, panic or reluctancy to be alone with certain persons
  • Sudden fear of places or locations
  • Regressive behaviors
  • Compulsive lying or stealing
  • Unexplained evidence of physical trauma to genitals
  • Not sleeping/nightmares

Yoga can help children get back into their bodies without being afraid. There are many techniques we can use when children have gone through trauma:

Keep it simple – Demonstrate first and find the simplest variation of the pose for them to start from. Be sensitive to the children’s needs. Allow them to relax whenever they need to and make the class short enough for them to be able to keep their attention focused without tiring.

Breath – Help them to breathe more deeply and learn how to control and be aware of their breath through a variety of breathing exercises.

Success builds success – Always focus on the children’s strengths, as a weakness in one area often creates strength in another. If we start where it is easy for that child, they will gain confidence and slowly respond to more challenging areas. We never begin by attempting to work on the ‘issue’ first.

Sometimes I give squishy balls to children with special needs to keep squeezing while they are lying down. This helps them to keep the rest of their body still. Heavy blankets also work well.

Sensory bags are great for autistic children or even for shy children. They feel safe inside, and the contact from all sides is very comforting.

When working with children who have been abused in some way, we must make the space inviting and not scary for them. We allow them be their own guide in the class and invite them to do the poses they feel comfortable with. There is no touch/adjusting in class. If the child wants to lay down the whole time, that is fine, as that is what their body is telling them to do. Yoga is an invitation for the body and the mind. We need to hold space for children who have undergone a trauma, and in class, that is what we can do.

*All information is from the Teaching Rainbow Kids Yoga Training Manual.