- Published: Tuesday, 15 September 2015 21:00
Living Yoga is deepening its roots in trauma-informed yoga. We've been discussing things like what does being trauma-informed really mean? What exactly is trauma-informed yoga anyway? As a way to capture the essence of trauma-informed yoga, we've recently created a diagram--we call it the "Trauma Wheel" (see below).
So, now that we've hit mid-month in our focus on yoga and recovery, I've begun wondering what trauma-informed yoga means specifically in reference to Living Yoga's recovery classes. As a way to start this conversation and using the Trauma Wheel as my guide, this is what I came up with.
Give Options and Choices: Being in recovery is definitely a choice. In Living Yoga's recovery classes, we honor and respect individual decision-making around movement and participation. Options/Modifications/Variations are not only allowed, but also celebrated.
Promote Ownership of Body: Our body--the way we move it, what we put into it, how we treat it--can be a powerful tool in the recovery process. When I understood I could use my own legs to walk away from addictive behaviors, I won.