"It's about becoming safe to feel what you feel. When you're traumatized you're afraid of what you're feeling, because your feeling is always terror, or fear or helplessness. I think these body-based techniques help you to feel what's happening in your body, and to breathe into it and not run away from it. So you learn to befriend your experience".— Bessel Van Der Kolk

 

 

What Is Trauma?

 

Consider the definition of trauma…

Trauma is any deeply distressing or disturbing experience that overwhelms our capacity to cope. 

Trauma can include life experiences like a parent not being emotionally available, loss of a loved one, divorce, a bad accident, long-term illnesses, emotional abuse, living with a loved one with addiction issues, and so forth. 

It can also include secondary and vicarious trauma, which refer to indirect exposure.

 

What Is Trauma-Informed Yoga?

Trauma-informed yoga is an approach to creating a safe, sensitive space in which  individuals can learn to regulation skills through connection with the breath and increased body awareness.