Yoga & Trauma Programming

Friday, 16:00 – 18:00
ETHzürich NO building, room E11


Working on peacebuilding we often find ourselves working with communities who have been profoundly impacted by traumatic experiences; those experiences live on in the mind and body long after the events have passed. New research shows that the use of yoga movement and breathing practices, even over short lengths of time, can profoundly shift someone’s inner landscape and can allow them to feel greater agency over their own experience. The benefits can reverberate into other areas of individual, community and societal experiences. Yet complementary programs to address trauma, such as art, yoga, traditional or non-traditional psychosocial support in communities is often under resourced and underutilized.

In this workshop, you will learn about some of the basic principles of and approaches to trauma informed yoga movement and breathing as well discuss how to integrate such approaches into existing programs.

Health & Wellness for Peacebuilders

Saturday, 14:00 – 16:00
ETHzürich NO building, room E11


As you work to transform the world around you, how do you remain balanced, centered and honest with yourself and with those you interact with? We know that to be of service, the journey begins within. And yet as peacebuilders, academics, activists, technologists and artists what practices do we turn towards to help maintain a sense of balance? And how can this personal balance better help us remain centered and focused on addressing the needs of communities and on the projects we are working on?

Learn about practical tools you can use to still your internal world so that you can meet people and circumstances with authenticity, clarity and purpose. Together we will recall simple yet powerful methods for self-care that allow us to reconnect to our purpose so that we can show up with integrity as we engage in the world.

Morning Yoga Classes

Saturday & Sunday, 8:00 – 8:55
ETHzürich NO building, room E11


Yoga mats and props will be provided, but it is recommended that you bring a change of comfortable clothes that allow you to freely move. The classes will be during the coffee welcome hours and will end 15 minutes before the conference starts to allow time to change in the bathrooms.

Saturday class: This morning flow class is designed to energize your body, and bring calm focus to your mind through dynamic and creative sequences designed to get energy flowing and to connect the body, mind and breath. Leave feeling alert, refreshed, and energized to enjoy a day at the Build Peace Conference.

Sunday class: Yoga Tune Up® Roll to Restore uses high grip rubber balls for self-massage trigger point therapy combined with focused movement designed to massage deeply into fascia and high tension areas. Great recovering for tired bodies, recovering from long airline flights and sleeping in unnatural positions.


Please note that while it is not required to wear yoga clothes, it is recommended to wear clothes that allow you to move comfortably, as there will be simple movement. It is recommended that you bring a notebook to the workshops. For additional information on yoga & wellness at Build Peace, please contact: samara.e.andrade@gmail.com


Emily Pantalone (co-founder, Feet on the Ground) is a yoga and yoga therapy instructor based in New York City. She was introduced to trauma-informed yoga practices by Jenn Turner, co-creator of the Trauma Center Trauma-Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) from the Trauma Center in Brookline, MA. Emily has since taught trauma-informed classes to adults, kids, and teens in public schools and homeless & domestic violence shelters. She currently teaches with Hosh Kids – bringing wellness programs to children who need it most and can afford it least – and with Exhale to Inhale – an organization connecting yoga teachers to shelters serving survivors of sexual abusive and domestic violence. Emily is a co-founder of Feet on the Ground (FotG), whose mission it is to support individuals and communities exposed to trauma build resilience through breath and movement. With Samara Andrade she co-teaches FotG’s Yoga & Trauma Teacher Training. For information about upcoming events and to learn more about her work visit: www.feet-on-the-ground.org
Samara Andrade (co-founder, Feet on the Ground) is a yoga teacher, movement educator, and consultant based in New York City. She has worked in international aid and development for over 10 years and holds a M.A. in International Policy Studies in Development and Gender from Middlebury University at Monterey and a Certificate in Development Project Management. Samara studied Mindful Yoga Therapy for Veterans with PTS with Suzanne Manafort and the Give Back Yoga Foundation, trained with David Emerson and Jenn Turner, creators of Trauma Center Trauma-Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) from the Trauma Center in Brookline, MA, and studied trauma-informed yoga and self-regulation with Hala Khouri. She has taught yoga to aid workers, diplomats, police, veterans, and civil servants in Sudan, Nepal, and Afghanistan while working on peacebuilding and recovery programs for the United Nations. She currently teaches yoga for female veterans with Connected Warriors, and trauma informed yoga for United Nations staff in New York. Samara is a co-founder of Feet on the Ground (FotG), whose mission it is to support individuals and communities exposed to trauma build their own resilience through breath and movement. With Emily Pantalone, she co-teaches FotG’s Yoga & Trauma Teacher Training. For information about upcoming events and to learn more about her work visit: www.feet-on-the-ground.org
Nathalie Bittar is the Founder of Blue Nile Lotus yoga studio. Nathalie’s nomadic roots have enabled her to move through diverse countries and settings. In her corporate role she worked with American Express for 16 years where she developed and launched new credit cards across US and International markets. In the backdrop, she began exploring the mind and body connection through yoga and meditation. She completed a vinyasa teacher training program in New York with Laughing Lotus and then moved back to Sudan where she opened a yoga studio called Blue Nile Lotus. Her curiosity around how to adapt the practices of yoga and meditation to different cultures and settings heightened as she started teaching Sudanese women and aid workers. She completed another teacher training in Tibetan Heart Yoga and an 18-month course in Mindfulness Yoga. Throughout her studies she continued to transport practices that felt universal in nature across borders and whenever possible harnessing local traditions and tools to enrich the practices of yoga and meditation. Nathalie co-lead the first certified Yoga Alliance teacher training program in Sudan. Today the Blue Nile Lotus studio continues to be a small oasis for mindful movement in the midst of the city of Khartoum.