New Book! Trauma-Informed Yoga: A Toolbox for Therapists

Yoga Friends & Readers,

There is a beautiful new book on the horizon! (No, it’s not mine yet.) My dear friend and fellow yogi, Joanne Spence, has compiled a wealth of simple practices to calm, balance, and restore the nervous system.

Her work is a robust resource for everyone supporting those affected by trauma and moving toward healing, resilience, and growth.  Her approach is accessible, practical, and inspiring, not only in its depth of knowledge but in the overwhelming spirit of connection and support that is evident on each page.

It is such a readable collection of wisdom I devoured it in one sitting. It’s a book we will be able to turn to again and again for ideas, inspiration, and encouragement.

The front cover endorsement is by Stephen W. Porges, PhD., founding director of the Traumatic Stress Research Consortium who first introduced Polyvagal Theory in 1994. Polyvagal theory links the evolution of the mammalian autonomic nervous system to social behavior and emphasizes the importance of physiological state in the expression of behavior. Porges is the author of The Polyvagal Theory: Neurophysiological foundations of Emotions, Attachment, Communication, and Self-regulation (Norton, 2011). It is fascinating work.

Guess who else has an endorsement listed…?

Yep – me! The publisher (PESI) said that they have never had a book have so many high caliber endorsements before. Ever.  So thankfully mine didn’t bring down the lot! I am unquestionably in amazing company.

I’m blessed to know Joanne and be alongside her on the journey.

Buy the book if you can!

Trauma-Informed Yoga: A Toolbox for Therapists releases March 9 followed by a Book Talk on Friday, March 26th, 2021.  The Book Talk is free and you are welcome to register here.  

Happy Reading, Happy Practicing!


The Universal Yogi

Yoga TLC: A 6 Week Series


Class begins this Sunday evening, February 14th.

Join me!

Yoga TLC: Deep Practices for Wintering Through to Spring

Sunday evenings
7:00-8:30pm (EST)
Feb. 14-Mar. 21
Online, Interactive Zoom

(Recordings will be available)

If the title is all you need, click here to register. If you’re not quite sure, keep reading:

Each class will begin with a discussion of the week’s theme and include centering, movement, meditation, relaxation, and reflection time (journaling or sketching). There will be time built in to the beginning and end for discussion if you feel comfortable asking questions or sharing thoughts, ideas, and experiences.

Classes will include ways to access our inner resources, restore a sense of balance, and cultivate resilience in the face of difficulty. These practices are for times of challenge, dormancy, low-light, feeling out of sorts, and anything else that comes along with Winter. It is true that we’re also living through a pandemic, so these practices have become even more essential. We could easily call this series “Pandemic Yoga.”

All classes will be followed by an email with extra resources and support for taking the practices through your week: recording link, journal prompts, encouragement, poetry, and music.

If you’re ready to sign up, click here to register. If you’re still not sure, read on:

This class is for you if:

  • you feel you don’t have enough time in your life to squeeze it in
  • you’re interested in neuroscience
  • you’re running on empty
  • you have no personal bandwidth/brainspace
  • you’re curious about interpersonal neurobiology
  • you feel on the edge of burnout
  • you’re wondering about polyvagal theory
  • you would like to feel better or more like “yourself”
  • you don’t want another power vinyasa flow
  • you want to be in community with other yogis
  • you think moving slowly sounds delicious

That’s all I’ve got, friends. Click here to register. 🙂

Sometime after you sign up and before Sunday, you’ll receive a welcome email with suggestions for participating in an online yoga class from home and your trusty zoom link.

I’m excited to share what I’m practicing and learn from the wisdom of our community.


The Universal Yogi

“The word mindfulness is not used [much] in Christian and Jewish circles because mindfulness is a Buddhist word.  But what is mindfulness?  Mindfulness is to be aware of everything you do every day.  Mindfulness is a kind of light that shines upon all your thoughts, all your feelings, all your actions and all your words. Mindfulness is the Buddha.  Mindfulness is the equivalent of the Holy Spirit, the energy of God.”

~ Thich Nhat Hanh

Donation Suggestions

Because times are challenging, I’d like to offer these classes on a donation basis. Please only give according to your comfort level, and do not feel compelled to make any financial offering at all. We give when we can, and we receive when we need to. Both of these are necessary practices on the journey.

If you like, you may consider donating by class or by series. Each class will build on knowledge acquired in preceding classes, so the best experience is to attend every class in the series if possible.

Suggested Donation Tiers for the 6 Week Series:
Yogi’s Choice

Suggested Donation Tiers per Class:
Yogi’s Choice

Donations Accepted @:

Venmo: @Amy-thecatholicyogi

PayPal: @amysecrist

If you’d like to send a check, please note that in your registration, and I will provide you with a mailing address. Thank you!

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