Excerpt From The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel Van der Kolk:
Traumatized people live with seemingly unbearable sensations: They feel heartbroken and suffer from intolerable sensations in the pit of their stomach or tightness in their chest. Yet avoiding feeling these sensations in our bodies increases our vulnerability to being overwhelmed by them. Body awareness puts us in touch with our inner world, the landscape of our organism. Simply noticing our annoyance, nervousness, or anxiety immediately helps us shift our perspective and opens up new options other than our automatic, habitual reactions. Mindfulness puts us in touch with the transitory nature of our feelings and perceptions. When we pay focused attention to our bodily sensations, we can recognize the ebb and flow of our emotions and, with that, increase our control over them.
Traumatized people are often afraid of feeling....Apprehension about being hijacked by uncomfortable sensations keeps the body frozen and the mind shut. Even though the trauma is a thing of the past, the emotional brain keeps generating sensations that make the sufferer feel scared and helpless...
In order to change, you need to open yourself to your inner experience. The first step is to allow your mind to focus on your sensations and notice how, in contrast to the timeless, ever-present experience of trauma, physical sensations are transient and respond to slight shifts in body position, changes in breathing, and shifts in thinking.
Trauma-informed yoga can help you to reconnect to your body in a safe space, can help increase emotional regulation and can help you feel in control of your body through breath and body awareness.
The main take-aways from your yoga session should be: 1) Experiencing the Present Moment 2) Making Choices 3) Effective Action and 4) Creating Rhythms
Your yoga instructor will work with you to create an individualized session based on your comfort-level and needs. Your instructor will work to make session feel safe and predictable. There will be no hands-on assists (physical touch), however your instructor may verbally guide you to reduce risk of injury. Session will take place in a private therapy office.
Trauma-informed yoga does not incorporate talk therapy. However, there may be opportunity at the end of session to identify themes or thoughts that came up during the practice.
Each session is between 45 minutes to an hour. The cost per session is $120.