Trauma-Sensitive Yoga and Mindfulness for Self-Healing
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Trauma-Sensitive Yoga and Mindfulness for Self-Healing

Use evidence-based techniques to manage symptoms of trauma, chronic stress, and chronic illness.
4.0 (8 ratings)
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53 students enrolled
Created by Spira Lotus
Last updated 10/2019
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This course includes
  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 1 downloadable resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Learn gentle ways to reconnect with your body while healing from trauma.
  • Enhance self-awareness, make choices, and create feelings of safety.
  • Learn to regulate your nervous system which the key to healing from trauma, whether it’s PTSD, complex PTSD, chronic illness, TBI, etc...
  • Manage stress, regulate mood, improve digestion and sleep.
  • Increase interoception and proprioception
Requirements
  • A safe, quiet space to practice. A mat, a blanket, and blocks (helpful but not necessary)
Description


Trauma sensitive yoga is a form of yoga as therapy, adapted from modern postural yoga. It’s a very gentle practice and differs from postural yoga in a few ways. Instead of achieving specific postures, students are guided to bring awareness to internal sensations in the body (interception) and to develop feelings of safety and self-acceptance. The student is always in control of their movements and are invited to freely explore various shapes. Students learn to make choices in the moment and decide what’s right for their body.

Mind-body approaches help traumatized individuals increase awareness of, and attention to, bodily sensations while maintaining present-moment experience. This can be helpful to counteract dissociative responses. It can also help in nurturing the body. When we connect to our bodies on a deeper level, we can regain ownership of our internal responses. Current research shows that yoga can help reduce pain, anxiety, depression, a greater sense of interconnectedness with others, enhanced self-efficacy, self-esteem, and feelings of empowerment.

Trauma can trigger a chronic stress response in the body (hyperarousal, hyper vigilance, and fear). This throws the whole nervous system out of balance. Yoga helps regulate the nervous system by activating the PNS (parasympathetic nervous system). Some breathing techniques are also used to tone the vagus nerve, which activates the PNS.

This practice is not a cure, but rather, a tool for your self-healing toolbox. Recovering from trauma is a process, and with a well-developed strategy and strong medical team behind us, we can eventually come to a place of healing. If you haven’t already, find a good trauma specialist to work with as they are up to date on the latest research. Trauma research has grown quite a bit over the last few years and it’s good to have someone on your team who is caught up.

Please consult your physician or psychotherapist before beginning this practice. Even though this course is appropriate for any level, and created with possible triggers in mind, I recommend you approach gently and slowly. Try 10 minutes at a time. You can also practice with your therapist’s guidance or support, if you’d like.

**This is not a traditional yoga class. It’s very different and very gentle. Those who follow a regular yoga program should try not to have any expectations before beginning this practice.

**Also, I’m not a medical doctor and not claiming any kind of cure. I’m a trauma survivor like you, and this is simply an offering to share what modalities I use on my own healing journey.

Who this course is for:
  • Anyone recovering from trauma, chronic stress, or chronic illness.
Course content
Expand all 12 lectures 01:46:57
+ Trauma
1 lecture 04:02

A short slide lecture on trauma, how it affects the brain, and what we can do to heal.

Preview 04:02
+ Trauma Sensitive Yoga Practice
6 lectures 01:09:51
Introduction and seated shapes
13:34
Tabletop Shapes
09:43
Lunges
05:51
Standing Shapes
20:55
Supine Shapes
18:01
Closing
01:47
+ Mindfulness and Breathwork
3 lectures 24:44
Simple Mindfulness Meditation
05:01
Diphragmatic Breathing
06:25
Loving Kindness Metta Meditation
13:18