Trauma-Informed Yoga is a style of yoga that uses movement of the body to release stored emotions. It is a form of physical and energetic release that facilitates healing. Trauma-Informed Yoga encourages each survivor to move in ways that are authentic to their needs, which promotes feelings of control, worthiness, and safety.
This practice is beneficial in many ways, specifically because it does not require talking about trauma. A survivor may practice Trauma-Informed Yoga without ever discussing their experience. One definition of trauma is being immobile in a situation where an individual desires to move. Trauma-Informed Yoga provides the option of movement, releasing stuck emotions, and healing the part that needs freedom of movement. Poses are cued during the class, but each person is encouraged to move in whatever way their body is asking of them, even if that is completely different than the suggested posture. This freedom also encompasses the individual who chooses to remain in one posture for the duration of the class.
One of the beautiful qualities about trauma-informed yoga is that it can be used on it own or in-conjunction with other healing modalities. Current research shows the benefits of utilizing healing modalities that engages all three aspects of an individual; the mind, body, and spirit. Yoga is a practice that involves the whole person. Trauma-Informed yoga is a practice that gives the power back to the survivor and provides each individual the space to mend in their own way and in their own time.
While each style of yoga has its own benefits, the styles provided by Spiritually Balanced are: gentle flow, yin, and restorative yoga. Gentle flow yoga is a breath-to-movement, vinyasa style class that is set at a moderate pace with a higher level of modifications provided. Yin yoga is a style of yoga that involves holding modified poses for 3-5 minutes. In each pose, the individual will fit the pose to meet the needs of their body while experiencing a light stretching. Restorative yoga involves the body being supported by props. There should be no sensation of stetching, rather the body should be relying entirely on the props for support. Each pose is held for 5-15 minutes..
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