Trauma Informed Yoga

YOGA FOR TRAUMA – YOGA FOR MENTAL HEALTH
Support for Abuse Recovery, Grief, Addiction and PTSD

WHAT IS TRAUMA INFORMED YOGA?

Trauma Informed Yoga is a gentler yoga practice, placing more emphasis on the emotional experience of participants, rather than just the physical body.

Practitioners are encouraged to focus on ‘inner awaremess’ in their practice, noticing what arises, allowing it to be recognised or acknowledged. This is done using appropriate postures, breathwork, relaxation or meditation techniques. Sessions can also include mantra, mudra and sound therapy.

Yoga helps targets areas of discomfort within the body, healing the nervous system, helps provide a release

WHY TRAUMA INFORMED YOGA?

We have all experienced a feelings of anxiety or helplessness at some point in our lives, and how we deal with these emotions can have a lasting affect on our body and mind.

Experiencing trauma can have detrimental affect on our whole nervous or immune systems; creating problems with sleep, digestion, or bodily functions. In severe cases (such as PTSD), a person’s survival feels threatened, and that person is not able to maintain a balance between reality and normality when triggered.

Trauma is not stored as a narrative with an orderly beginning, middle, and end

Bessel Van Der Kolk, The Body Keeps the Score

When we think of trauma, it can feel like a hidden physical pain; described as a heaviness, a burden or a endless cycle of emotions that are hard to control. People can become disassociated from their physical bodies and limited in their movements. In severe cases (such as PTSD), a person’s survival feels threatened, and that person is not able to maintain a balance between reality and normality when triggered.

Trauma (such as grief) can be described as ‘glitter’; it permeates everything, and just when you think it has disappeared, you find some more ‘glitter’, which triggers and overwhelms you.

When our mental health needs support, yoga can help

Working in a group or on an individual basis, Yoga can help people overcome deep routed or learned coping mechanisms; allowing healing and releasing behavior to be activated.

Yoga can give you the tools to deal with any trauma you may be experiencing: through your practice you become more informed to deal with the changing the narrative of your thoughts and emotions. This can help provides the opportunity to release pent up emotions such as anger, shame or guilt.

Breathe Better, Feel Better – Yoga is Selfcare!

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FURTHER resources
  • The Body Keeps the Score (Mind, Brain and Body in the Transformation of Trauma) – Bessel Van Der Kolk
  • Waking the Tiger (Healing Trauma) – Peter A Levine
  • Trauma-Sensitive Yoga in Therapy (Bringing the Body into Treatment) – David Emerson
  • Practical Yoga Psychology – Dr Rishi Vivekananda
  • Overcoming Trauma through Yoga (Reclaiming Your Body) – David Emerson & Elizabeth Hopper
  • Experience Your Good Now: Learning to use Affirmations – Louise L. Hay
  • Caroline Spring – Trauma Recovery Expert – free resources