Healing trauma through yoga…
Jenny Liddiard, Certified Trauma Yoga Instructor
What Is Trauma-Informed Yoga?
Trauma-informed yoga is an approach to creating a safe, supportive space in which students can learn emotional regulation skills through connection with the breath and increased body awareness.
How Trauma Affects Your Brain and Body
Trauma leaves a lasting impression on the mind, body, and brain.
Even though the impact of different types of trauma can vary, the body still absorbs the traumatic experience. If a person experiences a traumatic event, the body automatically needs to protect itself and goes into a fight, flight, or freeze reaction. This response is stored in the nervous system as a stress response, even when potential threats have been resolved.
Survivors can often experience long-term effects such as hyperarousal, hypervigilance, numbness, dissociation, and emotional dysregulation.
How Can Yoga Help Heal Trauma?
Yoga can help recalibrate your nervous system as you:
- Begin to inhabit your body and increase body awareness.
- Develop breath awareness and skills to regulate your breath and emotions.
- Cultivate a sense of curiosity toward your internal experiences.
- Work within your “window of tolerance”, the optimal zone of arousal or stimulation in which you’re able to function and integrate new information most effectively.
- Access the space within yourself to meet discomfort and challenge with courage and compassion.