Laughing But Serious: Stories we don’t always tell!
Our second official fundraiser for ARM is April 2nd, 2023, at 7pm!
We are over the moon with excitement and extreme gratitude to @mikeyoshow for collaborating with and supporting us through this planning process.
All proceeds for this storytelling event will fund workshops for first responders on how trauma and stress affect their body and to learn new ways to support them, as they actively enter into stressful moments consistently to protect others!
Tickets are on sale now! $25 per person to attend. Food and drinks available there. Silent auction items coming soon.
ARM retrains the body’s stress response to help individuals feel more able to cope with stress in both their personal and public life, and to be their authentic self in their day to day life.
Authentic Revival Movement (ARM) is the push back on society’s rules to put on different personas, according to your location, career, culture, etc.
As a society, we have been taught to show certain parts of ourselves in a “perfect way.” Consider these individuals:
The stay-at-home parent or caretaker, who is taught to self-sacrifice without protest
The doctor or psychologist, who presents as if they have their life together
The student, who is expected to take care of themselves while earning an education
The person who feels they should, as a friend once stated, “drown eloquently"
These expectations are impossible to reach during life’s chaotic and traumatic moments.
When you get on a plane you are told to put your oxygen mask on first and then assist the person or child next to you because you cannot help others or be your best self if you do not take care of yourself first. When we own our authentic and true selves and make sure to meet our own needs and wants, we can feel closer to our fulfilled selves.
Trauma is experienced by everyone at some point in their life, but not everyone knows to label it as such. During those times our bodies respond to life’s stress in the same way that it would respond to a physical injury. The body is unable to tell the difference between a tiger attacking you or losing your keys before work.
Regardless of the circumstances, your body will respond by providing you with physical symptoms that will negatively impact you during your day to day life.
These symptoms will last between two hours to three days depending on the amount of stress that your body has endured throughout your life. However, we are not taught in our society to work through that stress.
Instead, we are encouraged to endure and keep moving forward because, “Everything is fine.”
Join us to learn what the signs are in you.
Together we should teach the world to be more authentic so that we can thrive as a society and community.
JOIN US IN CREATING CHANGE
OUR SKILLS BECOME YOURS
Seminars on the science of yoga
How to use meditation to retrain your stress response
Host retreats on self-growth/development
Run groups to help increase a healthy life balance
Reach out to us for inquiries, questions, and/or suggestions
WE'VE HAD THE HONOR
Taught the science of yoga to Medical Students/Doctors
Hosted graduate school support program
Outreach programs for parents and children
Teacher trainings for Trauma-Informed Classrooms
Illinois Mental Health Counselors Association (IMHCA) Quarterly Article
Special Guest on An Intimate Conversation with Women of Color
Special Guest on The Wellness Series with Dr. Brooklyn Washington
OUR PERSONAL JOURNEY
MEET THE CREATORS
"I love integrating psychology, science of yoga, and cultivating this into our overall wellness. I am a clinical psychologist, 200-hour certified Kundalini Yoga teacher, and specialty certifications in Kidding Around Yoga and Trauma Recovery Yoga. I am a mommy of four little ones that inspire and help me become a better person, every single day. Through my clinical work and mommy life, it is clear that society has this expectation to be able to balance effortlessly; however, voicing this challenge is not always accepted. There are so many layers to creating wellness, and I love merging the science of yoga and clinical work to build programs to help support individuals through their journey. As humans, it is pivotal to understand what our mind and body needs, to create resiliency through life’s challenges."
“I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who specializes in child and adolescent therapy. I have a 200-hour Kundalini Yoga Instructor certification, as well as a Trauma Recovery Yoga Certification. My favorite part of integrating yoga into my therapeutic practice is explaining why yoga and meditation are beneficial to mental health. I find that individuals are more willing to step outside of their comfort zones and try new coping skills when they better understand the activities and the science behind how they work. Making yoga and meditation more accessible to practitioners of all ages is the key to increasing its use and understanding. These are skills that can be used by anyone and anywhere to improve inner peace."
"I am a clinical psychologist who specializes in trauma and is a 200-hour certified Kundalini Yoga teacher. In addition, I am certified in Trauma Recovery Yoga. In my own life and throughout my graduate program, I learned quickly that while we are told to take care of ourselves, we are never taught how to engage in self-care. In fact, we are taught to cope with stress by, “Sucking it up” or “Pull yourself up by the bootstraps.” Yet, this did not work. Throughout my doctorate program and my time working with clients in my private practice and the community mental health center, this led to burn out, compassion fatigue, and throughout times in my work, vicarious trauma. It was not until I dived deep in my own emotional and spiritual journey that I learned what my body needed in order for me to be the most balanced and capable to fulfill all my roles in my life. Am I perfect? Absolutely not, it’s an ever evolving journey, and I love guiding others down this journey!"