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Yoga Brain Workshop w/ Larissa Szlavik

Space is limited. Pre-registration is advised.

Investment = $65

YOGA BRAIN: 5-hour Workshop (eligible for Continuing Education Credits)

How can science explain that blissful feeling after yoga practice? Are people who practice regularly wired differently? How does yoga reshape the brain to promote resilience and healing? This workshop will take you on a journey through the dynamic landscape of the brain. Learn the fundamentals of its structure and function to better understand how it changes in response to our experience and vice versa. Explore the neurobiology of specific conditions such as anxiety, depression and stroke. We will discuss compelling evidence for yoga’s effect on the brain to counteract these conditions. Evidence-based practices that promote mental health and healing will be incorporated throughout the workshop.

This workshop is suitable for all levels, and is eligible for CEC credit.

Highlights of topics:

œ Brain plasticity – how experience reshapes the brain and affects how we feel, what we think, and what we do.

œ Stress (the good & the bad) – what you need to know about stress response, and how yoga balances the nervous system.

œ Biology of breath – how breath practices (pranayama) help us ‘hack’ physiology and mood.

œ Yoga ‘high’ – why we feel blissful and ‘buzzed’ after class.

œ Mental health – learn about current research on yoga’s therapeutic effects for various conditions; focus will be on anxiety, depression, and stroke. 

Meet Larissa:

Larissa Szlavik (RYT-500) is a skillful facilitator, who brings depth of knowledge and passion to her teaching. With over a decade of experience as a front-line worker alongside individuals with brain injury and mental health challenges and 5 years teaching yoga, she is invested in promoting the therapeutic benefits of yoga for mental health. Larissa holds a faculty position with Ajna Yoga Therapy College in Victoria, BC where she completed 500-hours of training in Advanced Therapeutic Yoga. She holds a Post-Degree Diploma in Interprofessional Mental Health & Addictions and a BSc. (Honours) in Biopsychology from the University of Victoria, where she studied brain plasticity and neural stem cells for 3 years. Larissa has presented at the Victoria Yoga Conference, Camosun College, and to health care providers.