2020 Salt Lake City UCAP Conference

Connecting with Your Body, Mind, & Soul Through Yoga

Connecting with Your Body, Mind, & Soul Through Yoga

Katy Willis

An article in the medical journal Complementary Therapies in Medicine concludes, “Overall, current findings increasingly support yoga and mindfulness as promising complementary therapies for treating and preventing addictive behaviors,” and Dr. Bessell Van Der Kolk, clinical psychiatrist and pioneer in trauma healing said, “Our research showed that a steady yoga practice for a traumatized person is [a] more effective [treatment] than any medication that anybody has studied.”

In this session, we will explore the ancient science of yoga. We break down the big components of yoga and discover the basic physiology behind each one with our presenter who is not only a yoga instructor, but also a retired cardiac nurse. We will be led through a breath exercise and two meditations. This session includes a packed handout with additional resources to begin a simple daily yoga practice or start sharing the basics of yoga with clients and those we love.

Katy Willis lives in Brigham City, Utah with her husband Mark. They met on a blind date while at college and have been married for 15 years. Katy earned degrees in nursing and music from BYU-Idaho and is a passionate lifetime learner. She shares her love for learning as a homeschooling mom to their four young, energetic children.

Katy has traveled all over the country to study, train, and learn. Some of her training was with Sariah Bastian at Back Pocket Yoga. Katy is a certified Hatha yoga instructor with Yoga Alliance (RYT-200). Additionally, she is registered with The International Kundalini Yoga Teachers Association as a Level 1 instructor for Kundalini Yoga & Meditation as taught by Yogi Bhajan. She has been trained and certified by Sariah to teach Sariah’s Prana I yoga therapy course. She has been trained in Super Health—a program that combines yoga, meditation, diet, and other Eastern medicine approaches to support addiction recovery. She is currently certifying as a prenatal yoga instructor. She teaches adult yoga courses through her online classroom and independently for her live courses. Katy is a certified Karma Kids Yoga Instructor with additional training in yoga therapy for kids who have been through trauma. She currently teaches weekly yoga therapy classes to children and teens at North Point Marriage & Family Therapy in Tremonton.

Katy is also a certified Advanced Level 1 Quantum Neuro Reset Therapy Practitioner (QNRT). QNRT is a protocol that can help balance brains and reset nervous systems in the aftermath of trauma or emotional stress. She is trained as a life coach and loves to weave coaching into the sessions with her brain wellness clients. Katy is on this planet to help people become more conscious, find Jesus Christ, and integrate unresolved trauma.