Over the past decade, yoga has become increasingly popular in mental health settings, and trauma-informed yoga is making its way into treatment centers, community programs, yoga studios, and beyond. As these practices gain popularity, providers eager to offer yoga often step into the work without a clear understanding of important theoretical and philosophical foundations.
In this session, Lisa will connect foundational theory in trauma recovery with yoga practice. Together, we will explore how yoga can respond to the needs of trauma survivors in studios, clinics, hospitals, and beyond. We will review some of the different types of trauma, and discuss common ways trauma manifests in the mind and body. We will also explore how yogic practices can directly respond to specific symptoms of PTSD and complex, developmental trauma. We will then outline how yoga philosophy and practices can foster healing, and discuss the importance of preparing a trauma-informed space for your students and clients. We will close with a discussion of the provider’s experience, including ethics, scope, and sustainability in offering yogic practices to trauma survivors.