Trauma Sensitive Yoga - Yoga Therapy

Trauma Sensitive Yoga
I combine my counseling experience of working with trauma with the healing practises of yoga to create safe space, to explore & heal.

We aim to restore a positive & secure sense of self & wellbeing. Relieving the many debilitating symptoms associated with PTSD & the distress of mental health problems, enabling us to better manage & to be more comfortable in our lives.

The body may hold our experience of trauma & healing can be facilitated by exploring the way the body is holding. Safely, at our own pace, we can release trauma somatically, working with our felt sense of being.  Learning how to connect with & 'be' safely in our bodies and manage what arises when we do this, can help us explore and release held trauma. 

When we haven't released physically we often experience a range of health problems, physical and emotional which are associated with PTSD & poor mental health. In trauma sensitive yoga we find ways of feeling more comfortable in the body, establishing a sense of connection with, acceptance of and compassion towards ourselves.

How Yoga Helps
Yoga is a holistic practice.  Bringing mind, body & breath together, incorporating physical movement with mindfulness & breathing practices, yoga facilitates connection, resilience & relaxation.  Mindfulness & self-investigation, help us to 'unhook' from negative patterns of thinking & being through self awareness.  

Stress Related Illness
Stress is a normal & common reaction, an unavoidable part of everyday life for all of us. Also known as the 'flight, fight, freeze' response, the body releases chemicals into the system that make fight, flight or freeze possible for survival. Leading to unpleasant symptoms such as increased heart-rate, disrupted breathing patterns, dissociation & 'shut down'   We are better able to tolerate stress if we have periods of relaxation to rebalance the system. 

However, many of us find relaxation difficult, or we experience particular trauma & are left with an underlying chronic stress response.  In the long term this can express in mental and physical illness & discomfort such as:

Depression ~ Panic attacks ~ Flashbacks ~ Anxiety ~ Insomnia ~ Skin conditions such as psoriasis ~ Tension Headaches ~ Irritable Bowel Syndrome ~ Fatigue ~ Fybromyalgia ~ Hypertension ~ Back pain ~ General aches & pains

´╗┐How Yoga Can Help With Stress & Anxiety
Yoga helps us manage the stress of daily life, helping us to counteract the 'flight & fight' response, calm the nervous system & restore balance. Yoga helps the body release tension through physical practice & relaxing and calming the mind, transforming mental & physical health for the better & for the long-term. We learn how to calm the nervous system so the stress response is less likely to take over & how to restore calm more quickly should we become overwhelmed.

How Yoga can help with Depression  
Symptoms may include negative, repetitive thoughts, loss of energy, periods of extreme anxiety, poor eating and sleeping habits, low self-esteem & loss of confidence.  Yoga teaches us that when we feel depressed, we've lost our connection to who we really are. A regular yoga practice can help us reconnect with our true nature, the underlying wholeness that is always present.

'Yoga can give you a sense of being grounded balanced and centred. It can help you relax and tackle life's problems creatively rather than feeling like a victim of them. As tension gets released you will feel more energetic. It will also open up a general sense of well being and optimism, improving your self esteem and bringing greater enjoyment of your body.'  (quote from 'MIND')

You Will Be Amazed to Discover That if You are Kind to Your Body
it Will Respond in an Incredible Way...