Bessel van der Kolk MD, an expert in researching and treating PTSD explains, “Trauma is not just an event that took place sometime in the past; it is also the imprint left by that experience on the mind, brain, and body.”
When a person experiences trauma, they are likely to experience hyperarousal, hypervigilance, and difficultly calming themselves. At the same time, their body responds by shutting down and numbing physical and emotional sensation. Trauma-informed yoga shows participants how to calm their minds and regulate physical and emotional responses in the body. Learning how to tolerate sensation is an important part of regaining a feeling of safety in the body. Trauma-informed yoga does not require prior experience, and is mostly composed of gentle movements at a pace that works for you.
The core components of Trauma-informed yoga are:
- Safety: Your emotional safety is equally important to physical safety
- Feeling: Invitation to notice bodily sensations, the focus is on feeling rather than accomplishing a pose
- Choice: Freedom to explore choices rather than instructing you what to feel, both physically and emotionally
Trauma informed yoga is not:
- A quick way to “get rid of” trauma
- A way to explicitly re-trigger dormant trauma
- Telling you where your emotions live in your body, how to process them, and what they mean to you
Please contact me if you are interested in learning more about trauma-informed yoga.