In this workshop Hala will be sharing a somatic and socio-political framework of personal, interpersonal and systemic trauma and how this manifests in individuals and their communities. In addition to exploring tools from the growing field of trauma research, yoga, and mindfulness, we will be investigating the link between personal trauma and institutionalized and normalized systems of oppression. Along with addressing individuals, this workshop will explore how systemic patterns of trauma, marginalization and oppression, at the heart of social justice issues such as poverty, racism, ableism, homophobia, etc., impact entire communities of people.
The goal is to equip anyone working in communities impacted by trauma with a perspective that acknowledges the history and context of the individuals and communities they are working with. Seeing individuals in the context that they come from can help prevent “victim blaming” and can pave the way towards transformative practices that address the root cause of trauma rather than just treating symptoms.
Meet Your Teachers
Hala Khouri, M.A., SEP, E-RYT, has been teaching yoga and the movement arts for over 25 years and has been doing clininical work and trainings for 15 years. She earned her B.A. in Psychology from Columbia University and an M.A. in Counseling Psychology and an M.A. in Community Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. She is currently working on her doctorate in Community Psychology with an emphasis on Liberation Studies and Eco Psychology. Hala is trained in Somatic Experiencing, a body-based psychotherapy that helps resolve trauma and its symptoms.
Hala is a co-founder of Off the Mat, Into the World, a training organization that bridges yoga and activism within a social justice framework. She leads trauma informed yoga trainings nationally. She has been in private practice for 10 years working with individuals and couples. Hala also works with A Thousand Joys training direct service providers and educators to be trauma informed and culturally responsive. She is a sought-after speaker and trainer on the subject of trauma, yoga and social justice. She lives in Venice, CA with her husband and two sons where she also teaches public yoga classes weekly.