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LIFEBREATH : An Immersion Training for Military, Veterans, First Responders and Public Safety Professionals

16 Oct, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 18 Oct, 2020 @ 5:00 pm


LIFEBREATH : An Immersion Training for Military, Veterans, First Responders and Public Safety Professionals

Date: 10/16/20 – 10/18/20

Facilitators: Lillian Iswari Lennox LMHC, C-iRest, ERYT 500

Wes Rama Wolter LCMHC, LADC, RYT200

This is a 3 Day on-site training immersion located at:

Milldale Farm Center For Wellness

1461 Bloodbrook Rd

Fairlee, VT 05045

Date: Friday, October 16, 2020 – Sunday, October 18, 2020

Online Registration required prior to training

LifeBreath offers an evidence-based curriculum for Military, Veterans, First Responders and Public Safety Professionals

The LifeBreath Training provides resources for those who work in high stress, high stakes environments to increase resilience and to protect against psychological stress injuries.

The LifeBreath Training offers meditation, breath practices, yoga, in depth on the polyvagal theory and cognition integrating resources that are safe, effective and relevant.

LifeBreath is specifically designed to meet the growing demand for specialized traditional and CAM (complimentary and alternative) based stress management, resilience and performance based resources.

LifeBreath: Objectives of Training

The participant will be able incorporate cognitive behavioral and Vedanta psychology to increase management of cognition including cognitive distortions and unhelpful belief systems. To efficiently and effectively clear thought obstacles and restore cognitive integration and balance.

The participant will be able to use the polyvagal theory including practices for up-regulation to promote tone and flexibility between connection and mobilization.

The participant will be able to use meditation, yoga and breathing exercises for down-regulation to access safety, inner resources and stillness.

Overall Program Goal

Participant will be able to incorporate practices and resources to treat already existing, and increase protection again stress based injury including Compassion Fatigue, Vicarious Trauma, Burnout.

Participant will be able to integrate practices and resources that treat already existing, and increase protection again stress based injuries including Traumatic Reaction and Post-Traumatic Stress Injury.

Participant will be able to integrate resources to significantly increase mental and physical health and well being.

Three bibliographic citations of books:

Porges, S. W. (2011). The polyvagal theory: Neurophysiological foundations of emotions, attachment, communication, and self-regulation. New York: W.W. Norton

van der Kolk, B. A. (2014). The body keeps the score: Brain, mind, and body in the healing of trauma. New York, NY, US: Viking

Edward Tick, (2005). War and the Soul: Healing Our Nation’s Veterans from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Wheaton, Illinois Guest Books

LifeBreath: Overall Purpose

Stress is one of the greatest challenges for people and may create difficulties that profoundly impact our connection with self and others. Stress ‘managed’ can be a source of motivation, deep creativity and change. Stress ‘unmanaged’ can be catastrophic.

Because chronic or overwhelming stress can disrupt every physiological function and contributes in significant ways to acute and chronic psychological and physical disorder including heart disease, immune disorders, pain syndromes, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and addictions.

“Chronic stress has been linked to the six leading causes of death in America: heart disease, cancer, lung ailments, accidents, substance abuse, gambling and suicide.” – American Psychological Association

“Stress is the underlying cause of 60% of all human illness and disease.” – American Institute of Stress.

LifeBreath is specifically designed to meet the growing demand for specialized, traditional and CAM (complimentary and alternative) based stress management, resilience and performance based trainings that are safe, effective, and relevant.

The LifeBreath training will cover 4 specific categories including:

 Introduction to the Polyvagal Theory

 Introduction to Integrative Restoration iRest Yoga Nidra

 Exploring Thought Bombs: Cognition & Consciousness through the lens of Vedanta Philosophy & Contemporary Psychology

 Practices that Deepen Polyvagal Flexibility and Tone.

NOTE: The Defense Centers of Excellence (DCoE) has seen a growing interest and demand for effective, innovative Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) treatments. CAM modalities include natural products, dietary supplements, chiropractic manipulation, massage, guided imagery, and mind-body practices, such as yoga and meditation. Yoga Nidra is one such CAM modality that has been found to be particularly effective amongst military personnel. In 2006, The Department of Defense Deployment Health Clinical Center (DHCC) conducted a feasibility study, funded by Samueli Institute, on the use of Yoga Nidra, as an adjunctive therapy to treat symptoms of PTSD in soldiers returning from battle. On the basis of these initial findings, DHCC has, for over 3 years, successfully incorporated the modality into the Specialized Care Program (SCP), a multi-disciplinary treatment program for active duty soldiers with PTSD and Medically Unexplained Physical Symptom. Yoga Nidra (iRest) – Emotional & Cognitive Empowerment Training:

From: A treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) by Major Nisha N. Money, MD, MPH, ABHM


Lillian ‘Iswari’ Lennox, LMHC, C-iRest®, E-RYT 500 was born in Leicester, England and lived in Sydney, Australia for a number of years before settling in the Berkshires of Massachusetts. An adventurer on land and sea she was called at a young age to understand the path of healing from severe psychological trauma. With an MA in Counseling Psychology and a private practice in Lenox, Massachusetts, she has specialized in bringing traditional, complimentary and alternative (CAM) approaches to assist in the prevention and treatment of complex stress injuries including vicarious trauma, compassion fatigue, burn-out and PTSD experienced in high stress military and civilian occupations.

A graduate of the International Trauma Studies Program at Columbia University, Lillian is also trained in interventions and preventions that promote the resilience, mental, social health and integration of individuals, families and communities who have endured catastrophic psychosocial trauma. She is currently a member of the Western Massachusetts Critical Incident Stress Management Team. Her LifeBreath and Liberation Yoga programs are rooted in the deep belief that we are here to help and learn from each other, as well as from the natural world. Reflecting the integrative and interdisciplinary quality of her treatments and programs, Lillian is a Certified iRest® Yoga Nidra Teacher, a Sivananda Advanced Yoga Teacher E-RYT500 and a Certified Level II EMDR practitioner.

The LifeBreath Team strengths are found in their deep belief that we are here to help and learn from each other and all beings. We deeply believe that yogic practices, love, humor and community connection will restore us to balance.


16 Oct, 2020 @ 2:00 pm
18 Oct, 2020 @ 5:00 pm
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Milldale Farm Center for Wellness
1461 Blood Brook Road
Fairlee, VT 05045 United States
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(413) 446 9541
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