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Strategies for PTSD, FMS and Stress-Related Issues

2-hour Course
Live on Zoom / Saturday, March 20, 2021
10:00 AM Eastern / 9:00 AM Central / 8:00 AM Mountain / 7:00 AM Pacific

Faculty: Camella Nair, Swami, C-IAYT with Donna Lewen, BA, ATRIC and Ruth Sova, MS, ATRIC

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Anxiety is a normal emotion we express occasionally, but chronic anxiety can interfere with our daily lives, even lowering life expectancy. The world Health Organization is predicting that depression will become the World’s largest contributor to disease by 2030 and we need to find more clinical complementary techniques that not only improve recovery, but also provide coping strategies both for ourselves and our clients. Discover scientific and artful aquatic therapy techniques that can benefit clients with PTSD, FMS and anxiety and experience how correct breathing might assist neuromuscular, musculoskeletal and chronic conditions. Research is showing that complementary protocols using trauma informed strategies are able to help clients increase activity in interoceptive regions of the brain and re-frame the narrative to balance the autonomic nervous system.

1) Review symptoms of PTS and overlap with general stress factors that will affect us all in time.
2) Describe how the land based yoga therapists are tackling this problem with their clients.
3) Explore techniques in the pool to help reduce stress, gain better clarity, improve breathing and gain greater body awareness.
4) Experience how aqua yoga can help to bring balance back to the entire endocrine system including hypothalamus, pituitary, adrenal, thyroid, pancreas, testes, ovaries, pineal and thymus glands.
5) Experience savasana or total relaxation in the pool to release fascia.
6) Work on dismantling erroneous breathing patterning.
7) Cultivate compassion and take strength from one another in small group pool sessions.
8) Gain knowledge of how the system of yoga has proposed measurable strategies for conscious change with its 8-limbed system and cosmology.
9) Discuss the polyvagal theory in connection to the gunas or qualities within matter.
10) Explore poses that reduce compression of the cervical spine which can impinge on the vagus nerve and create problems in the GI tract.

FACULTY: Camella Nair, Swami, C-IAYT, is one of the few ordained female Swamis currently teaching in the Kriya Lineage. It is an unbroken line of gurus dating back thousands of years. She pioneered Aqua Kriya Yoga 20 years ago and travels to certify teachers in this field. As a female disciple, she authored “Prenatal Kriya Yoga” which is a mystical journey into pregnancy and motherhood. A registered Yoga Therapist and Prenatal Yoga Alliance registered teacher, she has a comprehensive online home-study in prenatal yoga at

FACULTY: Donna Lewen, BA, ATRIC, has dedicated her life to aquatics for more than 25 years, and currently works with aging adults and persons with disabilities. She was an Arthritis Foundation Trainer for over 20 years, a consultant at Ability360, and an AquaStretch™ Facilitator/Trainer. She was the recipient of the 2016 ATRI Aquatic Therapy Professional Award, the 2012 ATRI Tsunami Spirit Award, and the 2013 Arthritis Foundation Regional Public Service Award-University of Pittsburgh Community Service Award. She continues her studies in Energy Medicine, and is a Reiki Master/Trainer. Beyond her active practice, she offers intuitive guidance and wellness coaching.

FACULTY: Ruth Sova, MS, ATRIC, president of the Aquatic Therapy & Rehab Institute, served on the Wisconsin Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, received the Governor’s Entrepreneurial Award, the IDEA Outstanding Business Award, the first Presidential Sports Award in aquatic exercise, and AEA’s Contribution to the Industry Award. She has authored eighteen books and over 50 DVDs and CDs. She is known for her work in aquatic fitness, aquatic therapy, BackHab, Ai Chi and creating connections with other aquatic, health and therapy organizations.