Pleasure & Presence: The Art of Somatic Awareness

What do we actually mean when we use words such as ‘grounding’, ‘centering’, ‘containing’, ‘boundaries’? How do we actually sense the ever-changing experience of these resources in the body, and how do we cultivate them? When we are aware of our autonomic nervous systems, we are able to navigate our relationships and the world with a range of sensation and strong emotions, and increase our sense of what is wholesome and pleasurable to us. This workshop is for yoga and movement teachers, anyone who works with anyone, or anyone in a relationship! We will experientially explore these questions to learn tangible, shareable skills that support an increased capacity for presence and connection. We will be doing some solo work, some partner work, and some optional touch exchange. Wear comfy clothing you can move in.

Monday November 4th, 2019 | 5pm – 9pm | 1659 Venables St (accessible)
Sliding scale $100 – $60 | YO Volunteers 50% off & YO Volunteer Alum 25% off

Yoga Outreach is piloting a sliding scale for fees for this workshop.

There are a limited amount of slots for classes offered at the middle and lower end of the scale. Please be mindful that if you purchase a price at the lowest end of the scale when you can truthfully afford the higher ticket prices, you are limiting access to those who truly need the gift of financial flexibility. Being honest with yourself and your financial situation when engaging with sliding scale practices grows strong and sustainable communities. *Adapted from

Refund Policy

Refunds up to 30 days before event *Eventbrite’s fee is nonrefundable.

About Tracy

Tracy’s story and training includes discovering yoga in her early 20’s as a way out of a serious back injury, 20 plus years as a practitioner of the Rolf Method of Structural Integration, and being a long-time meditator in the Zen and Theravada Buddhist traditions. In 2013, when she began studying Relational Trauma Therapy with Merete Holm-Brantbjerg, she discovered that all this solo sitting and yoga-ing had been cultivating, in the background, an understanding of what a regulated (or not) nervous system was, and how this could translate to feeling more empowered and thriving in the relational world. These days she continues to explore how to thrive by spending a lot of time finding fun ways to move, and thinks of her body as an experiment in play and of herself as an ‘embodiment activist’. For this workshop she draws on her studies with Merete, adrienne marie brown’s writings on Pleasure Activism, as well as her recent deep dive into Dr. Betty Martin’s training in ‘The Wheel of Consent’.