Trauma Sensitive Yoga - Yoga Therapy

Trauma Sensitive Yoga
I combine my experience of working with trauma with the healing practises of yoga to create safe space, to explore & heal from traumatic events.
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 safe and comfortable in the body, aware of the body, and establish a sense of connection with, acceptance of and compassion towards the ourselves.

Why Yoga Is An Effective Therapy
Yoga is a holistic practice.  Working with both mind and body, incorporating physical movement with mindfulness & breathing practices, bringing body, breath and mind together, yoga facilitates connection, strengthening & relaxation.  The 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. The stress response is also referred to as the 'flight & fight' response, the body releases hormones into the system that make fight or flight (or freeze) possible for survival, leading us to experience unpleasant symptoms such as increased heart-rate & disrupted breathing patterns.   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 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.

MIND
MIND recommend yoga as beneficial for mental health. 

'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.'

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