I often get emails from individuals indicating their interest in doing trauma sensitive yoga, but they quickly give me along list of reasons why they don’t think they can:
Here are among the top 3 reasons I hear from people about why they think they can’t do Trauma Sensitive Yoga:
1. I am not flexible.
Trauma sensitive yoga has NOTHING to do with being flexible, bending yourself into a pretzel or aiming to create that beautiful pose you see on the cover of the yoga magazine in the grocery store checkout line. Trauma sensitive yoga has everything to do with gently increasing awareness of the physical nature of your body (i.e, can you feel your belly rise and fall while breathing, can you feel your feet on the ground when you are standing, etc). I am able to teach and practice, despite not being very flexible myself.
2. I’ve never done yoga before.
Great. You’re a blank slate! That means you will even have an advantage over others who may have come from other styles of yoga and must retrain their mind and body in some ways to introduce the trauma sensitive yoga style of movement. Previous experience with yoga is NOT a requirement for taking a trauma sensitive yoga class.
3. Yoga isn’t my “thing”
First off, I generally ask why. Most of the time I get answers having to do with multiple preconceived notions about what yoga is or isn’t. Once we clear those up, people often see that trauma sensitive yoga is actually more of a gentle movement class that happens to be called yoga. If they hear more about what trauma sensitive yoga is all about and are convinced it is still “not their thing”, well that’s totally ok! It’s not for everyone (well I think everyone could benefit from this type of movement, but hey, that’s me!).
Bottom Line: If you can breathe, you can do Trauma Sensitive Yoga
Trauma Sensitive Yoga Overview
Trauma Sensitive Yoga is a safe and gentle way for individuals to experiment with being comfortable in their body. Experimentation through breathing, poses, movement, stretching and strengthening; I aim to reconnect survivors with the greatest source of wisdom: their bodies. Studies have shown that trauma sensitive yoga increases interoception (our 6th sense), decreases PTSD symptoms, increases the ability to remain grounded in the present moment, and more fully develop a sense of self.
Below are some items to consider when determining if this is the right fit for you.
- No experience needed. Classes are made accessible to everyone, regardless of physical ability.
- No hands-on assisting by instructor, ever.
- Please bring your own mat.
- This is an open group. Pre-registration is suggested but not required.
- Payment is due upon admission.
The class will be every other Thursday afternoon from 4:30-5:30 pm. Located at 5366 S. Bannock Street Littleton, CO 80120. Parking on Bannock is easiest.
While this series is starting up for women I am really looking forward to offering a men’s class on the corresponding Thursday’s in the same location and time! Please click here to sign up for the Men’s Trauma Sensitive Yoga class list.
As always, it is my sincere privilege to offer up this space for healing.
Please feel free to reach out with any questions or comments.