Arielle Schwartz


11:00AM – 1:00PM PT
Practices for Emotional Health & Physical Vitality

205 - Applied Polyvagal Theory in Therapeutic Yoga for Trauma Recovery

Trauma recovery is as much about healing the body as it is about the mind. Yet, so often, the focus of healing involves retelling the story of the past without addressing the physiological imbalances that trauma leaves in its wake. While you might recognize the value of bringing the body into trauma treatment, you might not know how to do this effectively.

Join Arielle Schwartz, PhD, CCTP-II, E-RYT, an international leading voice in the healing of PTSD and complex trauma as she bridges the path of healing between the psyche and the body. Grounded within the principles of Polyvagal Theory, affective neuroscience, and trauma-informed care, Dr. Schwartz will guide you through research-based somatic tools and yoga-based breath, movement, and awareness practices to reduce the burdens of trauma, anxiety, obsessive thinking, and feelings of hopelessness from your client’s body and mind!

Learning Objectives:

  • Apply polyvagal theory within therapeutic yoga with researched practices for mind-body health
  • Evaluate your client’s nervous system states as related to autonomic cues of stress and signs of safety
  • Demonstrate grounding and orientating techniques that increase clients' resources

Author of The Post-Traumatic Growth Guidebook

Arielle Schwartz, Ph.D., CCTP-II, E-RYT, is a clinical psychologist, internationally sought-out teacher, therapeutic yoga instructor, and leading voice in the healing of PTSD and complex trauma. She is the author of six books based upon her integrative, mind-body approach to trauma recovery: The Complex PTSD Workbook; The Post Traumatic Growth Guidebook; A Practical Guide to Complex PTSD; EMDR Therapy and Somatic Psychology; The Complex PTSD Treatment Manual, and Therapeutic Yoga for Trauma Recovery. Her unique blend of spirituality and science can be found in her writings, guided trauma recovery programs, and applied Polyvagal Theory in yoga for trauma recovery.

Dr. Schwartz is an accomplished teacher who guides therapists in the application of EMDR, somatic psychology, parts work therapy, and mindfulness-based interventions for the treatment of trauma and complex trauma. She has a succinct way of speaking about very complex topics. She is a longtime meditation and yoga practitioner with a passion for the outdoors; all of which she incorporates into her work as founder of the Center for Resilience Informed Therapy in Boulder, Colorado where she maintains a private practice providing psychotherapy, supervision, and consultation. Dr. Schwartz believes that the journey of trauma recovery is an awakening of the spiritual heart. Discover more at

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Dr. Arielle Schwartz maintains a private practice and is a trainer with Advanced EMDR Therapy Trainings. She receives royalties as a published author and receives compensation as an international presenter. Dr. Schwartz speaking honorarium, recording, and book royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.

Non-financial: Dr. Arielle Schwartz is a member of the American Psychological Association, EMDRIA, Colorado Association of Psychotherapists, and the Yoga Alliance.