As a certified yoga instructor with specific training in offering healing body practices for trauma and at-risk youth*, I offer individual and group instruction designed specifically to those seeking to utilize yoga, conscious movement and mindfulness practices to heal after trauma.
The goal of a trauma-informed 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-informed yoga practice is sensitive to the needs of a participant with trauma symptoms and offers them tools to feel safe, empowered, and self-regulated.
Anxiety, depression, behavioral issues, relationship stress, addictions, and health issues are often a result of unresolved trauma. Yoga gives us a tangible practice to rediscover the ongoing relationships between our bodies, minds and souls. It allows us to see the part deep within us that can never be damaged, or even touched, by trauma. It allows us to uncover our resilient nature. Yoga is an ideal practice after trauma, when we feel broken or damaged, because we are asked to start from a foundational yogic belief that we are already, inherently whole.
“The willingness to face traumas—be they large, small, primitive or fresh—is the key to healing from them. They may never disappear in the way we think they should, but maybe they don’t need to. Trauma is an ineradicable aspect of life. We are human as a result of it, not in spite of it.” – Mark Epstein, MD
*My 200 hour Yoga Instructor certification training with Vajra Yoga & Meditation included instruction by Andrew Schuch, MS from the Yale Child Study Center as preparation to provide yoga and mindfulness practices to at-risk youth. I have studied online with Molly Boeder Harris and Michael Stone on ‘Healing Trauma with the Body’. My professional background also includes clinical psychology research experience in addiction treatment, and relationships between depression, stress and immune function in both veteran and non-veteran populations.