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Trauma Conscious Yoga

What is Trauma Conscious Yoga?

Developed by Nityda Gessel, the Trauma Conscious Yoga Method is an somatic therapy focused on connecting with sensation in the body, by using movement, breath and meditation.

What is "somatic therapy"?

Somatic therapy is a “bottom up” approach to therapy, whereas traditional talk therapy works from a "top down," approach. Somatic therapies work by reducing stress and anxiety physiologically, through changing the autonomic nervous system and discharging trauma stored in the body.

How does Trauma Conscious Yoga work?

When we experience trauma, our bodies react; we feel our heart race, maybe we start to sweat, or find ourselves clenching our fists. This is the sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight response) being activated. With this often comes emotions such as fear, anxiety, anger, terror, rage etc.. In order to feel calm, relaxed and peaceful, we need to be able to switch to the Parasympathetic Nervous System (rest and digest system). Trauma Conscious Yoga incorporates movement, breath, meditations and mindfulness to ground, empower and take back our bodies from trauma by activating the Parasympathetic Nervous System. 

How does it work through Telehealth?

You will join the video link provided via email, a as always making sure you are in a place that has privacy. Most Trauma Conscious Yoga movements can be done from a seated position, however be mindful that your seat is sturdy and strong. I recommend a spot on the floor where you can have your back to a wall for support. Gather some pillows or blankets to make yourself cozy. If you have yoga props be sure to gather them for session. Yoga props are not required, blankets or pillows work great for this too. No special "yoga clothes," are needed, just be mindful that you clothing doesn't feel limiting or stiff. You do not need to have any experience with yoga or be "flexible," to engage in this form of yoga. Yoga is for everybody and every body.  

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