EP.143 – Peace from Anxiety with Hala Khouri – Yoga Teacher, Trauma Therapist, Somatic Counsellor, Author

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EP.143 – Peace from Anxiety with Hala Khouri – Yoga Teacher, Trauma Therapist, Somatic Counsellor, Author

Hala Khouri was forced to leave her birthplace of Lebanon at age 3 because of war and she feel that because of this it has shaped and embedded in her a deep commitment to healing trauma.

Hala has been teaching yoga and movement for over 25 years she was a fitness instructor at the age of 16.

She started doing clinical work with people struggling with trauma, depression, anxiety or life transitions for 15 years.

Along with training clinicans and yoga teachers as well as educators and non-profits to be trauma informed.

Hala Khouri has earned a B.A. in Psychology from Columbia University and an M.A. in Counselling Psychology and then another M.A in Community Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute.

Hala is also currently working on a doctorate in Community Psychology with an emphasis on Liberation Studies and Eco Psychology.

Hala is also trained in Somatic Experiencing, a body-based psychotherapy that helps resolve trauma and its symptoms.

She is the a co-founder of Off the Mat, Into the World (OTM) a training organisation that bridges yoga and activism within a social justice framework. She started OTM in 2010 with Seane Corn and Suzanne Sterling.

Hala leads trauma informed yoga trainings nationally and has developed a certificate pathway to offer trauma informed work that recognises inequality and injustice as a trauma that must be included in any healing framework.

She works with a A Thousands Joy training direct service providers and educators to be trauma informed and culturally responsive.

In this podcast episode 143 

Yvette Le Blowitz Podcast Host sits down with Hala Khouri Author of Peace from Anxiety: Get Grounded, Build Resilience and Stay Connected Amidst the Chaos to find out more about her book and journey, practical tips, techniques for you.

Peace from Anxiety offers a holistic approach to easing anxiety without hiding from the World’s Challenges.

Most of us experience overwhelming anxiety and stress at some point in our lives. The challenges in our lives threaten to overpower us at times and the struggles we see in the world future add to the burden.

Peace from Anxiety helps us to understand the deep roots of our suffering so that we can work toward finding more peace – even in the chaos.

Even though the roots of our anxiety, stress and pain may feel complicated, healing doesn’t have to be.

Peace from Anxiety discusses topics including trauma, relationships, technology, and working not only for individual healing but also collective healing in our world.

Filled with relatable stories and examples, each chapter offers a range of practices and tools to help us find more peace and work for good in our lives and in the lives of others.

Hala lives in Venice, CA with her husband and two sons where she also teaches public yoga classes weekly.

In Podcast Episode 143

Hala Khouri shares:

– a little bit about her self

– how her yoga teacher, therapist journey unfolded

– what inspired her to write her very first book

– what is Trauma and what inspired her to become an expert in this field

– what is a Somatic Therapist and what are the benefits of Somatic therapy

– a practice to try when feeling overwhelmed and anxious

– how to feel grounded and a practice to try too

– what her self-care rituals are

– how to be authentic when using social media

– her self-care tips

– how to build a more peaceful community even during a global pandemic

Plus so much more

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Podcast Guest

Hala Khouri 

Yoga Teacher, Trauma Therapist, Somatic Counsellor, Author

co-founder of Off the Mat, Into the World (OTM)

Website www.halakhouri.com

Instagram @halayoga

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