“As I often tell my students, the two most important phrases in therapy, as in yoga, are “Notice that” and “What happens next?” Once you start approaching your body with curiosity rather than with fear, everything shifts.”
― Bessel A. van der Kolk, The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma
what is trauma-informed yoga?
Trauma, regardless of the nature of the experience, can undoubtedly be altering to our emotional and physiological functioning. After experiencing trauma, the annihilating feelings, sensations, and memories can overwhelm the mind and body; leaving a survivor with a feeling of dysregulation and unsettling.
Trauma-informed yoga can help survivors “come home” to their bodies, establishing safety and empowerment within, in a way that feels individually manageable. Just as trauma is inherently unique to each individual and their experience, the practice of trauma-informed yoga is catered to the individual needs and personal boundaries of each student.
Classes are facilitated in a trauma-informed framework, where no physical adjustments are given, and cues are empowering invitations. Ultimately, allowing for students to remain in control of their own bodies and individual practices.
I am safe.
I am rooted.
I am the owner of my body and soul.
• Physiological and emotional integration of experiences
• Opportunity to re-establish an individual sense of safety, containment, and connection
• Grounding within the mind, body, and soul
• Practice of yoga and meditation as a method of self-care
• Forming self-empowerment and self-ownership