Initially, when I talk to people and tell them I teach Hatha and trauma-informed yoga it usually leads to curiosity. In most cases we would associate trauma with psychological therapies, trauma-informed yoga is a type of therapy for the body that is designed to be sensitive to the needs of participants who have experienced trauma-related symptoms.
The intension of trauma-informed yoga is to create a safe space encouraging self-regulation and self-care.
TRAUMA INFORMED YOGA EMPOWERS A PERSON TO MAKE THEIR OWN CHOICES IN A SAFE SPACE encouraging self-regulation and self-care.
In a yoga informed class postures are taught which can be accessed by everyone, we avoid certain postures which might stir up the vulnerability of someone experiencing trauma and introduce breathing and self-regulation, mainly it takes the body time to adjust, but with compassion and understanding rather than instruction allows the participants to make their own choices.
SOME PRINCIPALS OF TRAUMA INFORMED YOGA
- Anyone who is attending the class I would assume has experienced a type of trauma so I teach mindfully and sensitively
- I encourage movement, breathwork, and self-discovery and own choices – Increasing awareness
- I ensure each class is accessible to everyone who attends them
- Work within your own safe space = I encourage a safe space environment with a meditative practice
- I use the language of curiosity and suggestion rather than instruction
- Access a comfortable space with your self – If uncomfortable
- I encourage to meet feelings with kind and compassionate words positive self-talk
Considering yoga is very beneficial, although trauma-informed yoga is trained with an understanding of trauma being sensitive and compassionate using a combination of integrative methods which connect sensations to the body helping to aid healing from posttraumatic stress.
As you read through the principals above you will notice a correlation between yoga and what creates a calming sustainable healthy environment.
You are welcome to get in touch to discuss how trauma-informed yoga can help you or someone you know.