Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self. -The Bhagavad Gita
Taking care of our bodies physically is important, but being able to listen to, relax and restore our bodies through movement can be a life changing experience. Yoga has the capacity to create that dynamic in our lives. With the hustle and bustle of our every day lives, we often get out of tune with ourselves. We are often unaware how much of our lives we spend in a heightened, aroused, stressed state. Yoga has the ability to serve as a coping skill that assists with managing stress, creating mental, emotional, and physical relaxation, and healing trauma.
Trauma can create emotional and physical imprints on the body. Unresolved trauma can create a variety of issues: migraines, nervous ticks, clenched shoulders/neck/jaws, and emotional distress. Individuals might find that in distress their range of motion becomes limited. Sleep, digestion, breathing and chemical balance can be impacted due to trauma.
Trauma survivors might find themselves in freeze, flight or flight protective mode in an effort to protect themselves.
Trauma often makes survivors feel isolated in their pain. However, trauma informed yoga can provide students with the opportunity to feel in physical sync with others, while moving in unison.
Benefits to Consider
- Increases connection with the breath, so the brain can be less aroused
- Increases relaxation
- Interpersonal benefit (moving in unison)
- Rebuild connections with the brain (insula and prefrontal cortex)
- Regain sense of control and ownership of their body