Trauma-Informed Yoga

​What is trauma-informed yoga?

 

Yoga is an ancient body-mind practice originating from India. Trauma-informed yoga is facilitated in a way that is tailored to the experience of individuals with symptoms of trauma, such as anxiety, depression/fatigue, or post-traumatic stress. Trauma-informed yoga involves:

  • a safe, welcoming, confidential space in which to practice

  • little to no verbal processing

  • no hands-on assists or adjustments, unless specifically requested by the practitioner and only after a conversation about informed consent

  • an emphasis on self-empowerment, choice, and control over the yoga experience by the practitioner

  • yoga sequences and postures that are adapted to each individual's physical or mobility limitations and current feeling state 

  • breathing exercises that support balance of the nervous system

  • skills and tools practitioners can take off the mat and use in their daily lives to regulate emotions, respond (rather than react) to triggers, and maintain presence

What does trauma-informed yoga do?

A growing body of research demonstrates trauma-informed yoga is an effective method to support recovery from symptoms like:

  • post-traumatic stress

  • depression

  • anxiety

  • insomnia

  • chronic pain

Stress and trauma leave an imprint within our bodies, and can impact our mental, emotional, and physical health in many ways. 

 

Trauma-informed yoga can support the release of cumulative stress and trauma in a safe environment, where the practitioner has total choice and control over their body and their yoga experience.

Private sessions

If you are interested in trying trauma-informed yoga, please contact me. We will meet in advance of our first yoga session to get to know each other, and discuss your needs and questions. I offer these sessions to individuals and small groups.

Trauma-informed yoga is appropriate for All Bodies. No prior yoga experience necessary; no level of physical fitness necessary.

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