Virtual talks to focus on herbal medicine, trauma-sensitive yoga

  • Elena Mamatas, owner of Great Falls Yoga in Turners Falls, pictured in 2017, will discuss how Trauma Center Trauma-Sensitive Yoga can help people recover from trauma and substance use disorder during a virtual talk on March 4. Staff File Photo/Andy Castillo

Staff Report
Published: 2/23/2021 2:59:29 PM

GREENFIELD — The Opioid Task Force of Franklin County and the North Quabbin Region is holding a Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) Education Series, with two virtual talks that will focus on herbal medicine and trauma-sensitive yoga.

<sbull value="sbull"><text xmlns="urn:schemas-teradp-com:gn4tera"></text></sbull>On Thursday from 2 to 3 p.m., Leslie Chaison and Nora Toomey, herbalists at the People’s Medicine Project, will share approaches to supporting people who are seeking recovery or who are in active recovery. According to an Opioid Task Force press release, the presentation will cover simple recipes and herbs that can help nourish the body through any phase of opioid use or recovery; support the nervous system, neuroendocrine rebalancing and gastrointestinal repair; and relieve common symptoms of post-acute withdrawal syndrome (PAWS) such as anxiety, insomnia, exhaustion and cravings. To register, visit

■On March 4, from 2 to 3 p.m., yoga instructor Elena Mamatas of Great Falls Yoga in Turners Falls will discuss how Trauma Center Trauma-Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) can help people recover from trauma and substance use disorder. According to the release, trauma-sensitive yoga, which was developed at The Trauma Center in Brookline, has foundations in trauma theory, attachment theory and neuroscience as well as Hatha yoga practice with an emphasis on body-based yoga forms and breathing exercises. To register, visit

For more information, visit or, with questions, email Project Manager Maile Shoule at


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