Why I love teaching trauma-sensitive yoga
Like most of us, I've lived through experiences that hurt. I’ve got stuff that I’ve had to sort through and heal --and am still figuring out. The process and the tools of trauma-sensitive yoga resonate with me for creating a more inclusive sphere in yoga and other shared spaces. This is what motivates me to create a safe environment in the ways that I can, with movement and awareness and learning to know yourself through them.
Listen to "preparing to stand: 15 movements, kneeling + standing"
The 15 movements in the "preparing to stand" episode
- Kneeling seat, lift + pull arms
- Kneeling seat, sweep arms
- Kneeling seat, stand (on shins) + sit
- Kneeling seat, forward fold (child's)
- Hands/knees, side to side
- Hands/knees, cat/cow
- Hands/knees, twist
- Hands/knees, birddog balance (limbs reach forward/backward)
- Hands/knees, side birddog balance (limbs reach out to the sides)
- Hands/knees, moving balance (limbs reach forward/backward)
- Kneeling lunge, lift + lower arms
- Kneeling lunge, twist
- Kneeling lunge, lift back knee to high lunge
- Standing, sway or side bend
- Standing, head tilt or turn
- Standing, breathe
I guide you through this practice step by step, and you can choose to skip or stay with any area you like.
What makes this trauma informed?
Choices, invitations, noticing, open-ended experiments. Read more about those here.
After listening to the episode, perhaps take a moment to check in: did you notice something that you want to remember or follow up on? If yes, maybe jot it down in a notebook or record a voice memo to help you remember.
Be moving, be true, be you
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