Week Without Violence – Trauma Therapy Yoga

Kristi Stephens

YWCA of the City of New York

Event Date/Time:

  1. Thursday, October 21, 2021
    12:00pm — 1:00pm

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We know that yoga is good for anxiety, depression, addiction and a host of other challenges. However, a person experiencing trauma symptoms may not benefit from a traditional yoga class held at a gym or yoga studio because these spaces are not always trauma informed. Students working through trauma can often become triggered in a typical yoga class either by unexpected touch, specific music, unfamiliar language or even the discomfort at being a novice.
Approximately 70% of adults in the United States have experienced a traumatic event at least once in their lives and roughly 20% of these people go on to develop post traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. It’s therefore likely that one or more students in an open level class is a trauma-survivor, regardless of whether they identify with this term. Trauma survivors may come to class not realizing that the yoga practice may uncover trauma still held within the mind & body. With a basic understanding of trauma-informed yoga we can participate in creating spaces that empower survivors rather than trigger and shame them. Armed with a few more tools, we can build a culture that fosters post-traumatic growth.
Exhale to Inhale partners with 40 national nonprofits to serve over 3000 survivors annually. We bring classes and education to communities that may not otherwise have access to it. Below is Exhale to Inhale’s Trauma-Informed Yoga Training Workshop which consists of lecture and embodied practice and will cover the following topics:
· Introduction to the science of trauma and the neurological & physiological implications of trauma
· Using yoga as a modality to support recovery and resiliency from trauma symptoms including depression, anxiety, and PTSD
· Trauma Informed Principles
· Embodied practice and discussion on things to consider when creating a trauma-informed spaces

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