How Stephen Porges’ Polyvagal Theory (PVT) underlies our perception, informs our actions and influences the quality of our relationships and our lives.
The Polyvagal Theory is a scientifically grounded view of the autonomic nervous system that integrates what we understand evolutionarily and physiologically and creates a state of inquiry with modern day pathophysiology and specifically, clinical psychology. Stephen Porges, PhD has elucidated a continuum of nervous system expression with a refined range of possible expressions that extend beyond fight/flight or rest/digest, while honoring and appreciating the body’s innate wisdom.
The objective of this six week online course is to distill the polyvagal theory (aka the science of connection) in a scientifically sound manner into a language that meets the needs of a yoga teacher to seamlessly integrate the PVT into teaching group classes and individual sessions, creating the conditions for long-term, sustainable wellness for themselves, their clients and their communities. Specifically, the gunas will be explored in relationship to the PVT.
Week 1: Context for the Polyvagal Theory and Yoga (Wellness and the Gunas)
Week 2: The Landscape of the Polyvagal Theory (PVT: Hierarchy)
Week 3: What lies beneath Perception? (PVT: Neuroception)
Week 4: Mapping the Nervous System (Co-regulation)
Week 5: Navigating with the Polyvagal Theory (Co-regulation)
Week 6: Cultivating the Conditions in Yoga
Course manual in PDF format (approximately 60 pages with references)
Suggested Reading List
Weekly, Saturdays at 7am, a recorded lecture (approximately 25 minutes) will be available.
Weekly, Tuesday 6:30-8pm (PST), LIVE Zoom-hosted (online) meeting meant for clarifications, review and deepening into community discussion. Recordings will be available within 48 hours.
Ability to download all materials for lifetime access.
Prerequisites: None. All learners are welcome.
The Pocket Guide to the Polyvagal Theory: The Transformative Power of Feeling Safe by Stephen Porges
Continuing Education Units: None are offered at this time.
All enrollment fees are non-refundable.
All are welcome. No one will be turned away for a lack of funds. Email me to discuss payment, trade and scholarship options. (firstname.lastname@example.org)