Yoga and Trauma
What is Yoga for Trauma ?
In ancient Greek, “Trauma” means “injury”. Trauma is a psychological injury caused by an event in which a person’s physical, psychological and/or sexual integrity has been violated, or where the person has witnessed the violation of the integrity of another person, whether close to them or not, leaving a feeling of helplessness and inability to regain control over their life.
There are many factors that can lead to post-traumatic stress disorder and complex trauma :
– loss of a loved one
– domestic violence
– sexual abuse
– childhood abuse
– physical abuse and assault
– psychological abuse
– terrorist attacks
– repeated discrimination
– road accidents
– violent accidents
– natural disasters
Trauma Sensitive Yoga (also called Trauma Informed Yoga) is the yoga therapy which has been developed to help people recover from these traumas.
The Center for Trauma and Embodiment at the Justice Resource Institute (CTE at JRI), has been developing and using this therapy since 2002, in partnership with expert yoga teachers and mental health professionals specializing in trauma, in order to empower traumatized people to regain confidence in their abilities and restore courage, strength and self-reliance.
Trauma sensitive yoga is based on the foundations of Hatha Yoga, adapting the movements and forms to the particular needs of traumatized people.
The objectives of these sessions are to :
– experience the present moment
– increase positivity in daily life
– relax the body’s alarm systems
– learn techniques to calm and regulate moments of crisis
– learn to connect with the body through interoception
– relearning to trust yourself and make choices
The exercises are gentle and slow, so there are no prerequisites to participate in the classes other than the desire to explore this alternative and complementary medicine.
The yoga teacher does not physically adjust the postures. She verbally proposes different alternatives to the proposed forms in order to let the participants choose to do the exercises in their own way and at their own pace. Thus, they have the possibility to regain control of their body, with freedom and confidence.
– 10 weeks of Trauma Sensitive Yoga reduces post-traumatic stress symptoms by 33% in women ages 18-59 who experienced physical and sexual abuse as children.
– Two months after therapy, 52% of the women were no longer diagnosed with PTSD.
– 20 weeks of Trauma Sensitive Yoga therapy reduces symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder by 45% in women aged 18-59 who experienced physical and sexual abuse as children.
– 20 weeks of Trauma Sensitive Yoga therapy significantly reduces symptoms of dissociation.
For more information, I invite you to browse the following website : www.traumasensitiveyoga.com
Classes and fees
Private home tutoring
Private online class
Class for institutions and companies
1h → 120.-
10h → 1100.-
1h → 110.- 10h → 1000.-
1h → 40.-/person
10h → 350.-/person
Special rates are available for low-income earners.
Refugees and Migrants
Understanding the specific jargon used by the teacher during the Trauma Sensitive Yoga therapy is essential for participants to get the most out of this technique. Anyone with a language level of less than B1 in English is strongly encouraged to take 2 hours of specialized language classes before beginning the complementary yoga therapy.
I am a teacher with a Master’s degree in teaching French as a foreign language and a FIDE-certified language trainer in the field of integration. With the help of written material translated into the participants’ native language, we will cover the basics of body therapy for optimal results.