The objective of trauma aware yoga is to empower people to become body aware and interoceptive—to notice what is happening inside their bodies—and thereby learn to release tension, reduce and control fear, and tolerate sensation. When the body absorbs and anticipates trauma, individuals are likely to experience an inability to calm and regulate themselves. Trauma aware practices are based on the growing understanding that trauma takes a heavy toll on the body, brain and the nervous system.
Anxiety, depression, behavioral issues, relationship stress, and health issues are often the result of unresolved trauma. The goal of a trauma aware yoga practice is to build resiliency and establish greater self-regulation. It is about feeling safe and at home in our bodies so that we can feel stable, have good self-esteem, and healthy relationships. A trauma aware yoga practice is sensitive to the needs of a participant with trauma symptoms, and offers tools to feel safe, empowered and self-regulated.
The series will look at:
Integration of choices
Empowered and inclusive language
Art of assisting and holding safe space
Invitation of postures
Breath and trauma
Sensitivity to Triggers (Trauma Informed Mindfulness)
Themes and Philosophy Integration (safety, mindfulness, boundaries, assertiveness, strength, trust, and community)
Books for discussion:
Radical Acceptance by Tara Brach
Overcoming Trauma Through Yoga by David Emerson
Optional: The Body Keeps The Score by Bessel van der Kolk
Waking The Tiger by Peter Levin
This counts as 9 contact hours of Yoga Alliance Continuing Education.
We're partnering with the Outdoor Journal Tour for their annual #wehiketoheal event, an annual international outdoor women’s empowerment movement that takes place during the month of March. The mission is to encourage women all over the world to tap into the healing and empowering influences within ourselves and the Great Outdoors.
Each week in the month of March, participants will receive Weekly Mindfulness Resources that cover the areas of Mind, Body, Relationships, and Community. The month will end with a hike along Reservoir Ridge consisting of conscious conversation, journaling, and meditation.
Unfortunately, the outdoor event was cancelled due to COVID-19. Instead, our partners at the Outdoor Journal Tour are offering a virtual hike.
Here is what you should have available for this virtual event:
Your phone, tablet or computer to log into the virtual event via Zoom
A comfy spot on your patio, balcony or by a window, so we can still enjoy some semblance of the outdoors together
Settle in for two joyful hours of Bhakti bliss! Kirtanasana blends live music and chanting with an inspired all levels yoga class. Participation is encouraged! Bring any instruments you'd like to use. We look forward to lifting voices and vibrations with you soon!