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The Courage to Transcend

Drawing upon his personal experience with trauma and his extensive experience adapting yoga for people of all abilities, Matthew Sanford helps participants explore a different relationship to yoga and sharing it with others. On the first day, Sanford emphasizes how to integrate the subtle body into one’s personal yoga practice. On the second day, Sanford takes this foundation and helps participants apply these insights to trauma, both for themselves and for helping others.


6710 Orchard Lake Rd, West Bloomfield MI, US 48322

Type of Event

  • Workshop

Yoga Styles



Nov 21 to
Nov 22
09:00 amto16:30 pm

Session : 9:30 -11:30, Saturday, 11/21/15
Session 2: 1:00 - 3:30, Saturday, 11/21/15
Session 3: 9:00-12:00 & 1:30 - 4:30, 11/22/15



Single session and full week-end pricing. Early bird discounts.

Full Description

Students can sign up for one or both days. However, it is strongly recommended that students taking the trauma intensive also take the traditional classes on the first day.

Alignment, Precision, Adjustment, and Experiencing the Inner Body Saturday, 11/21/15 9:00-11:30 Traditional class

The inner body is revealed, not asserted. This class focuses on principles of the asana that reveal the inner body and its inherent sense of direction. With an emphasis on standing poses, students explore how these principles guide transform muscular action in a way that deepens the connection with the inner body.

The Inner Body, Backbending, and Grace
Saturday, 11/21/15 1:00-3:30 Traditional class

An advancing yogi learns how to receive backbends, not just do them. When this happens, backbends become both stronger and more graceful, both invigorating and meditative. Participants explore the inner body and how a deepened sense of unity is integral to a refining backbending practice. This class allows students to experience backbends both safely and with confidence.

Opening Yoga: Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress (Sunday Intensive: 9:00 – 12:00 and 1:30 – 4:30)

Yoga is a powerful way to transform trauma and traumatic stress. Matthew Sanford draws upon his firsthand experience with devastating trauma and resulting post-traumatic stress to offer a groundbreaking approach to helping people work with their own trauma and trauma in others. Through experientially safe learning, participants explore the effects that trauma has on both the mind-body relationship and on the subtle body. Once this foundation is established, participants explore ways to not only practice and structure classes, but also how to create a trusting and nourishing dynamic with those they are serving. Asana and discussion.