Massachusetts Association for Occupational Therapy

The Sensory-Enhanced Yoga® Institute

  • 05 May 2018
  • 06 May 2018

The Sensory-Enhanced Yoga® Institute

is proud to present the following workshops at the

Hilton Garden Inn, Providence, RI:

 Sat/Sun May 5 & 6, 2018

Sensory-Enhanced Yoga® for Self-Regulation & Trauma Healing

This workshop is especially designed for O.T.s, other allied and licensed mental health professionals, and yoga therapists who would like to learn how to incorporate Sensory-Enhanced Yoga® into their clinical practices to facilitate healing from combat stress, PTSD, anxiety, and related ANS disorders. The course will be presented by Lynn Stoller, M.S., OTR/L, C-IAYT, RYT 500 and Trisha Barry, M.F.A., E-RYT 200, and will present the science/evidence base, theoretical model, guidelines for practice as well as the specific yoga forms, movements, breathing, and meditation techniques to implement the program. Participants will be taught both mat and chair versions of the program, as well as strategies for teaching the program to groups of individuals with mixed mobility levels. The workshop is highly experiential and includes a 130-page, detailed manual.  The course qualifies for 14 NBCOT PDUs/14 Contact Hours; please inquire for other professions. Yoga experience is not required; however, those with limited or no experience are especially encouraged to also enroll in the Friday evening workshop, described below. 


Friday Evening, May 4

Introduction to Yoga for Health Professionals

This evening course pairs well with the 2-day workshop and will present a brief introduction to yoga philosophy, a shortened Sensory-Enhanced Yoga class, and will devote the lion’s share of the time to providing training and supervised practice specifically with regard to how to teach the mat versions of several key classic yoga forms beyond the practice time allotted for these forms during the 2-day workshop.  It is especially recommended for those who have limited or no experience teaching yoga, but also serves well as a “refresher course” for yoga instructors.  Both courses can “stand alone”- there are no prerequisites.  This course will be taught by Ellen Schaeffer, B.A., C-IAYT, E-RYT 500 and Trisha Barry, M.F.A., E-RYT 200.

 The workshops are hosted by the Sensory-Enhanced Yoga® Institute, which you can learn about here: and on Facebook, here: .  

 The direct link to the Workshop Registration Page is here:

 Please note that the deadline for registration for these courses is April 20 (or when filled- space is limited). We also have secured a group hotel rate at the venue for a limited number of rooms.



Lynn Stoller, M.S., OTR/L, C-IAYT, RYT 500, E-RYT 200

Lynn is the founding President of the Sensory-Enhanced Yoga® Institute.  She has a special interest in war-related sensory processing disorders and yoga as a treatment modality.  Lynn has trained yoga instructors and health professionals in sensory-based yoga techniques for combat stress and PTSD since 2008. Lynn is associate investigator and co-author of the Iraq yoga study, “Effects of Sensory-Enhanced Yoga on Symptoms of Combat Stress in Deployed Military Personnel” (Stoller, Greuel, Cimini, Fowler, and Koomar, Jan/Feb 2012 AJOT).  Her program evolved from the highly successful treatment protocol used in the study, which Lynn co-developed. Lynn was an influential faculty member of two pioneering veteran/military yoga organizations, Yoga Warriors (2008-2011) and Warriors at Ease (2011-2016), and continues to serve as a mentor to students within Warriors at Ease. Lynn is also an occupational therapist at Cotting School in Lexington, MA, where she first discovered the healing power of yoga for adolescents and young adults who have anxiety, ADHD, sensory modulation disorders, and related ANS disorders.  Lynn is a 300-hr. and 800-hr. graduate of the Integrative Yoga Therapy program, a Level 2 iRest® practitioner, and is also an IAYT-certified yoga therapist and Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider (YACEP). She has been teaching therapeutic yoga classes for veterans in her local community for several years.

Trisha Barry, M.F.A., E-RYT 200

Trisha is certified as an iRest®, Warriors at Ease and Yoga Warriors instructor and thus brings a remarkable depth of expertise to her trauma-sensitive yoga work with veterans and other traumatized populations. She has been a Yoga Alliance registered yoga instructor since 2003 and is a YACEP (YA qualified continuing education provider). Trisha worked with Annie Okerlin from 2012-2014, leading and assisting with iRest® and trauma-sensitive (adaptive) yoga classes for the Exalted Warrior Foundation at Yogani Studio and at the Poly Trauma Unit and Assisted Living Facility at James A. Haley VA Hospital. She also led classes for veterans through Team Red, White & Blue (at Yogani Studio) during that timeframe. In the fall of 2014, Trisha initiated and currently leads and manages an on-going public, donation-based iRest® program at St. Bartholomew’s Cathedral in midtown Manhattan, which is taught by a community of iRest® instructors. Trisha also recently provided iRest® yoga intervention for a sleep study that produced positive results and was subsequently published in 2016 in the Occupational Therapy Journal of Research.  Trisha has a Masters in Fine Arts with a media background as a writer and editor, which she does part time as well as Forex and futures trading. In addition, Trisha is an experienced licensed massage therapist (NY#006843) with special training from the AMTA for massage for emergency responders (traumatized recipients of massage). Trisha serves as a faculty member of the Sensory-Enhanced Yoga® Institute.

 Ellen Schaeffer, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500

Ellen is the director of Integrative Yoga Therapy’s 200-hour affiliate program and a faculty member of the Kripalu School of Integrative Yoga Therapy.  Founder and owner of One Yoga Center in Foster, Rhode Island, Ellen has taught yoga for more than 20 years and trained yoga teachers for 10 years. She is registered with the Yoga Alliance at the E-RYT 500-hour level and is certified by Integrative Yoga Therapy as a Professional Yoga Therapist at the 1000 hour level. In addition to her yoga education, Ellen has an educational and professional foundation in psychology and human development.  She is passionate about fusing the teachings of Eastern and Western psychology into her yoga therapy practice and is especially called to work with individuals experiencing psychological, emotional, and spiritual challenges.  This includes work on a psychiatric inpatient unit.

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