Programs on the application of classic yoga to mental well-being and physical health...

Welcome to the work of Joann Lutz, MSW, LICSW, C-IAYT, E-RYT, YACEP

Joann's work provides a clinical foundation for integrating Trauma-Sensitive Yoga with Polyvagal Theory, Somatic Psychotherapy, and Neuroscience Research, to improve outcomes in a variety of disciplines. She calls this integration "NITYA." Her approach is appropriate for psychotherapists and other healthcare professionals, yoga therapists and teachers, school teachers, religious leaders, and coaches, as well as the general public. Professionals will be able to incorporate the tools and practices offered in this program into the approach which they currently use.

Integrating Yoga with Polyvagal Theory: An Adjunct Treatment for PTSD, Depression, and Anxiety.

IN-PERSON:  University of Arizona, Tucson, Az.
February 12-14, or 12-16, 2023
ONLINE: Four Thursdays in January, begining Jan. 10, 7-9 p.m. Eastern. 

 12 or 23 CEs will be available for completion of this course, to Yoga Therapists and teachers, Internationally and U.S.  Social Workers. 
 More details and a registration form are available on the Programs page of this website.

Please email Joann with any questions: [email protected]

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from Stephen Porges, Shirley Telles,: Sat Bir Singh Khalsa,  Dean Ornish,: Marlysa Sullivan, Jonathan Rosenthal,: Amy Weintraub, Amy Wheeler, and Helene Couvrette on the REVIEWS PAGE. Click below!

  Joann Lutz, MSW, LICSW, C-IAYT, E-RYT,  YACEP, the developer of “Nervous-System Informed, Trauma-Sensitive Yoga" (NITYA), has been training mental health professionals internationally for 10 years, as well as offering a certification program in this approach. She is the author of the book, Trauma Healing in the Yoga Zone, (Handspring, 2021); a research paper, Classical Yoga Postures as Psychotherapeutic Interventions for Autonomic Nervous System Regulation, (Cambridge Scholars Press), and a CE Course, Bringing Yoga into Social Work Practice,  (NASWMA). She has offered workshops at the United States Association of Body Psychotherapy International Conference, the International Psychosynthesis Conference, and online, for Somatic Experiencing International. She has  taught for the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers; the Integral Yoga Institutes; the University of South Florida, and many other venues, and is a trainer for PESI, Inc. She was the initiator and co-chair of the 2016 and 2017 national conferences, "Integrating Yoga into Mental Health Care," (USA), and continues to teach trauma-sensitive yoga classes to special populations. She completed Level One of the Somatic Experiencing training and the 40-hour training in Trauma-Sensitive Yoga at The Trauma Center in Brookline, Ma. She is certified in Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy through the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers; in EMDR and Psychosynthesis, and is a Certified Integral Yoga teacher. 

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Joann has just completed a series of videos which are companions to her book. You can purchase them here, as well as register for her new 23-CE Course.

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