We believe that trauma-informed yoga is people-informed yoga; everyone can benefit from it.
Most of us are impacted by trauma in some way or another and yet we all have an innate capacity to heal and be transformed by difficult experiences. Yoga, meditation, and other mindfulness practices help people cope with and heal trauma symptoms, as well as grow and build resilience. TIY is taught with an understanding of how we are all affected by trauma and chronic stress. It offers sensitive approaches to supporting the healing process.
Anxiety, depression, behavioral issues, relationship stress, and health issues are often the result of unresolved trauma and chronic stress. 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.
Our trainings are influenced by our many years of experience and study in Somatic Experiencing™, yoga, mindfulness, depth psychology, clinical psychology, neuroscience, socio-political awareness, and social justice activism. Our intention is to help teachers become more effective in teaching to everyone, not just those who identify as trauma survivors. Our intention is also to offer a holistic and hopeful framework to all those working with trauma.
Trauma-Informed Yoga (TIY) trainings offer a physiological framework of trauma and how it manifests in the body and mind. Along with addressing the personal and interpersonal, these trainings also explore how systemic patterns of trauma, at the heart of social justice issues like poverty and racism, impact individuals and entire communities of people. Ingrained in all of the TIY trainings is the understanding that injustice, as well as historical trauma, must be addressed in order to cultivate healing.
These trainings are for yoga teachers who would like to work with individuals or communities with trauma. They are also for clinicians, therapists, social workers, educators, medical personnel, first responders, non-profit employees or volunteers, or anyone else who would like to integrate basic yoga tools into their work or lives to support greater health and well-being.