YOGA FOR HEALING TRAUMA
and reducing stress.
Our bodies, sometimes more than our minds, hold the memory of trauma. This may be in the form of a tightly contracted psoas, constricted diaphragm, habitual tension in the shoulders, neck or jaw. These tightenings have occurred as a response to a perceived threat, part of our fight or flight response, but once the threat has passed, our bodies very often still do not feel safe enough to release fully into relaxation. As a result, we experience symptoms of trauma such as back pain, digestive problems, anxiety and even PTSD.
This workshop will combine yoga postures (asana) and breathing exercises (pranayama) with the body’s natural, therapeutic shaking response called Self Induced Therapeutic Tremors (SITT). This is a simple, gentle and profound practice that facilities the lengthening and relaxation of the psoas muscle and the release of physical and emotional stress and tension. During practice, we safely self-induce therapeutic vibration using yoga postures and breath.
When we are in a safe environment, we are able to recognize the impact of trauma on our bodies and experiment with how poses may trigger or release habitual patterns of responding. With mindfulness we can learn to stay with the body and the breath, being a conscious witness to the trauma that is stored within us. Yoga can bring about a deep sense of healing in mind, body and spirit.
• Release of chronic tension and increase of energy and stamina
• Discharge of buried emotional and physical trauma
• Freedom from symptoms of sciatica and fibromyalgia
• Decrease of aches and pains• Improved sleep
• Improved circulation
• Improved mood