On Campus Program

Polyvagal Theory and Yoga An Embodied Path to Well-Being


There is a sense of ease that comes from living with a nervous system that responds with flexibility to the ordinary—and sometimes extraordinary—challenges we meet each day.

Join clinician, consultant, and author, Deb Dana, and bodyworker, anatomy teacher, and yoga teacher trainer, Melanie Burns, for a program that invites you to listen to the rhythm of your body and tune in to the important information your nervous system holds.

Through embodiment and yoga practices and the principles of Polyvagal Theory, you will learn:

  • How experience creates patterns of protection and connection
  • Ways to use the social engagement system to foster nourishing connections
  • The physiology of breathing, with guided experiential practice
  • Coregulation, through partner work and exercises
  • Practices for up-regulation, to promote the dance between connection and mobilization
  • Meditation and yoga nidra for down-regulation, to access safety in stillness

Return to your everyday life with a deeper awareness of how you navigate the world, and with a set of practices to support your well-being.

Recommended reading Deb Dana, The Polyvagal Theory in Therapy: Engaging the Rhythm of Regulation and Anchored: How to Befriend Your Nervous System Using Polyvagal Theory  

Included in Your Stay


Daily Yoga Classes

3 All-Natural Meals Access to the Kripalu Grounds

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Recovering Resilience by Resetting the Nervous System


Deb Dana, LCSW, is a clinician, consultant, and author specializing in using the lens of Polyvagal Theory to resolve the impact of trauma. She is the developer of the Rhythm of Regulation training series and a founding member of the Polyvagal Institute.

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Melanie Burns, a bodyworker and yoga teacher, combines psychology and anatomy to heal physical, mental, and emotional tension and trauma.

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