YOGA FOR TRAUMA
What is Trauma?
Trauma is an emotional state of being that is extremely painful and distressing.
It’s generally the result of a ‘traumatic’ experience that leaves an individual feeling powerless and overwhelmed.
Sometimes however, trauma occurs on a more frequent basis (rather than in response to a one-off event) and for these people, it becomes part of the fabric of life, and incredibly difficult to manage on a day-to-day basis.
Trauma can also result from a series of premeditated and repetitive traumatic events of an interpersonal nature. This is called complex trauma, an emotionally debilitating condition resulting from what’s called ‘multiple unresolved traumas’.
Complex trauma can be caused by childhood abuse, neglect, sexual exploitation, family or community violence and dysfunction. It can also manifest as a result of war, genocide, civil unrest and cultural dislocation.
The effect on an individual is cumulative, and in general the longer the repetition, the longer lasting and severe the symptoms.
Treatment for complex trauma is significantly different from the treatment of a single incident trauma, and it’s important to identify the correct from of trauma before treatment begins.
Who is ‘Yoga for Trauma’ for?
Anyone who has experienced trauma, and wishes to calm the mind and body at the same time but feels like traditional yoga classes are a little overwhelming. No previous experience of Yoga is required.
What can you expect from a ‘Yoga for Trauma’ Class?
Yoga for Trauma is a little different from traditional Yoga. For a start you’re in a safe place, where everyone is a little more sensitive to each other’s personal situation.
You can calmly experiment with breathing, moving, strengthening, stretching and resting. There is no hands-on assistance, and the yoga facilitator does the practice with you, sharing the experience.
For many who have experienced lengthy periods of trauma feeling ‘present’ is something that has long been forgotten. Yoga for Trauma can help resolve this situation, and it can also help you to become aware of your own body again.
Be aware that you may experience some new feelings afterwards, and although the yoga facilitator is open for feedback about the practice, he or she is not a therapist. Therefore we strongly advise you to maintain contact, and discuss your experiences with a mental health professional, or GP.
By doing this you help yourself, and the other people in the group by keeping the practice a safe, sympathetic place to reconnect with your body and mind.