Trauma Informed Yoga


When the word trauma comes up, many of us think of experiences like war or domestic violence. We often don’t see ourselves as survivors of trauma. The truth is, trauma is subjective. Trauma is any deeply distressing or disturbing experience that overwhelms our capacity to cope and our nervous system.

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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 be secondary and indirect (heard from another source and taken on by you)

  • Trauma affects us physically, mentally, and emotionally.
  • It leaves a lasting imprint on the mind, body, and brain.
  • When a person experiences trauma, the body automatically responds with the fight, flight, or freeze reaction. This response is hardwired into the nervous system to protect us from harm and move us toward safety.
  • If the body absorbs trauma and the trauma is not processed, survivors can experience hyperarousal, hypervigilance, numbness.

Yoga can be a supportive practice that helps trauma survivors recalibrate the nervous system and heal.