Yoga Therapy and Trauma Sensitive Yoga
The power of Yoga Therapy to change lives is what has drawn me to it as a teacher. Starting by working on myself, it gave me back control and quality in life, physically through Yoga Therapy and psychologically through Trauma Sensitive Yoga. Yoga Therapy teaches people how to allow healing to occur. In teaching Yoga Therapy, I am the facilitator of healing, and by getting to the causes and conditions required for healing, allow it to naturally arise once everything is in balance.
What is a Yoga Therapist?
There are spaces in the medical community where Yoga Therapy fits. Part of the job of educating people is to distinguish Yoga Therapy from Studio Yoga, and the good news is, people are becoming curious!
The IAYT (International Association of Yoga Therapists) has been in place for the last 7 years, and holds an annual conference, at which amazing presenters bring forward new concepts in Yoga Therapy and bring the therapist community together. Dr. Baxter Bell M.D. became a Yoga Therapist as it allows him to treat the entire family. Yoga Therapy supports healthy aging, and can be applied to young and old, middle aged and seniors.
What is Yoga Therapy?
It’s not Studio Yoga. It is an amazing tool that can be taught to a student and be used on their own at home after a few sessions, with success. Any situation that has taken you to a chiropractor, physiotherapist, or a myriad of other physical therapy modalities, can also be treated with Yoga Therapy. You need not be practiced at Yoga. Yoga Therapy comes from a thorough education of the human anatomy, it’s biomechanics, and integration of all systems. The extra, here is the integration of your mind/body connection, it realty is linked. With many physical conditions, there is a corresponding psychological condition, whether it results from; an MVA, Post Partum Depression, Infertility or Urinary incontinence, to name a few.
What is Trauma Sensitive Yoga?
Life is traumatic, just depends on the degree. Yoga, particularly Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TSY) can help us to reconnect and feel at home in our own bodies. It can help us learn to blend our experiences into our daily lives. Through exploring yoga and mindfulness we may be able to better thrive emotionally and in turn, contribute to our own well being, and beyond into our communities. Students learn simple, body-based self-regulation techniques that will help to build resilience in their bodies and better equip them to manage stress, trauma, depression, anxiety and rediscover the true self and feel comfortable in your own skin. Through this gentle yoga practice the internal experience is emphasized, you will be free to make choices in a safe supportive place of embodied empathy and attunement. An ideal adjunct to psychotherapy.
Trauma survivors are often referred by their health care providers to cultivate, “the simple body awareness that makes it possible to gauge, slow down, and hault traumatic hyper-arousal, and to separate past from present (Rothschild, 2000)”