Yoga for Trauma Survivors
Life without understanding the body and its connection to emotional states is a life that is missing. The body has a life of its own and usually is constantly sending you messages. You might ignore it, judged it, or abused it. However, your body is the space you live in, where emotions and the love you have for yourself is manifested. It is telling of your emotional state what you do with your body, how you treat it, how you connect with it and if you listen to its messages. From the way you breathe to the sensations you feel, all of it is telling something about how you feel in this present life. Traumatic experiences are usually lived in the body and being self-aware of the messages the body sends - by befriending it - can be a great healing opportunity.
How can yoga be of help to trauma survivors?
Yoga has been an element I provide and support for survivors of abuse because the abuse disconnect you from who you are including your body. Yoga helps you bring back that lost connection with yourself, to get to know yourself better, to love and honor yourself. Yoga is a tool to create self awareness of your internal emotional states since emotions are manifested in your body. Self awareness occurs when we move gently and breathe and stay with physical sensations. Some clients have experienced liberation of long held emotions when they move or when they breathe. Some become aware of how fast they are breathing when exploring particular topics and become more aware of the ways anxiety manifest in their lives.
You can slow your breathing down with gentle guidance noticing the effect of such a subtle action and start to realize you have control over your body and over your life; something that is usually taken away during traumatic experiences. Life does not need to happen to you, but you can start making proactive decisions on your own behalf.
"Let what isn't serving my body, life and soul be burnt away. And like the Phoenix, a new me will be born from the ashes." -Tanya Lee M.
With this self awareness in mind, you can start....
understanding yourself better
staying present with your emotions
tolerating emotional reminders of traumatic experiences
managing emotional reminders differently
self soothing when flashbacks and profound pain visits you
"I see the power, the strength and resilience within you, which is also within me. Namasté."
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