Nicole Steward is a social worker, and a trauma informed yoga and meditation teacher. After almost two decades as a social worker (MSW) working in foster youth services, rape crisis, juvenile justice, and education Nicole began to see the vital need for self-care to prevent burn-out. She noticed that whenever self-care came up, it was casually addressed but rarely taken seriously or discussed in depth.
In this podcast Nicole shares the personal journey that led her to this work, and how she came to taking her own self-care seriously, discovering yoga & mindfulness as a very effective treatment to the vicarious (and often direct) trauma of social work. Nicole now works not only with young people, but in support of the adults who work with young people offering yoga and mindfulness practices for self-care.
"Teaching yoga and offering self-care workshops that focus on understanding the neurobiology of trauma to social service agencies, schools, and non-profit organizations allows me to share the good news of self-care and the message of resilience!"
In this podcast we discuss:
* The importance of self-care for carers, and some ways to incorporate self-care in environments where you are exposed to vicarious trauma.
* What is trauma informed yoga? And how can we bring principles of trauma informed yoga to a group class.
* Nicole's story with this work, 2 burn outs and her growing awareness around her own triggers which enable her to practice radical self-care as a social worker.
* The complexity of "teaching" self-care to people who have not had love, care and belonging modeled or expressed to them as children.
It's a juicy chat, Nicole is a very clear voice for this work, and a great storyteller. She believes wholeheartedly that self-care is a RADICAL TENDENCY we must adopt if we are to sustain ourselves as service providers, change makers, and human beings.
Have a listen and pass on to anyone who you feel may enjoy or benefit from this chat!
Viva La Self-Care
Connect with Nicole Steward through Radical Tendencies.
Nicole is @yoga_steward on Instagram