- Published: Wednesday, 08 July 2015 01:07
Our Living Yoga volunteer teacher, Paul Telles, shares his remarkable insight and heartfelt experience inspired by the "Journey from Mind to Heart" Trauma Resilience Workshop, hosted by Living Yoga:
Certainly, I learned teaching tips and techniques that I've already put to good use. And I gained a whole new vocabulary for describing the neurobiology of trauma. And I met interesting mental health professionals, people of deep feeling who had recovered from their life traumas by helping others.
But what really rocked me was one simple conclusion: Yoga really does work!
During my first three years as a Yoga teacher, I have intuitively followed threads of connection and caring as I've sought to apply my training to the needs of others. I have often seen the power of the practice written on my clients. I’ve seen smiling, relaxed faces, bellies swelling with breath, muscles soft and relaxed in śavāsana.
But, somehow, the notion has lingered that my work, beneficial as it is, may not be capable of addressing truly profound suffering. The seminar proved otherwise. As I’ve reviewed my notes during the past six weeks, several key points have come to mind again and again, sometimes ratifying the techniques I already use and sometimes challenging me to search out new tools and ways of presenting them.