Trauma Sensitive Yoga Groups
Yoga practices help to balance autonomic sympathetic activation, reduce blood pressure, improve neuroendocrine and hormonal activity, and decrease reported symptoms of PTSD, depression, and anxiety.
“Trauma causes the body to be frozen in a state of fear, terror, and hypervigilance,” says Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, clinical psychiatrist and founder of the Trauma Center in Brookline, MA. “Fundamentally, the effect of trauma is in relationship to one’s body. One’s body gives the signal that it’s not safe, and your body keeps fighting an existing enemy.”
Our 8-week Trauma-Sensitive Yoga classes focus on breathing, gentle yoga postures, personal choice, and mindful awareness as developed by David Emerson of the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. Sessions are designed to help you overcome the somatic effects of trauma and develop a more positive relationship with your body in a safe and comfortable environment. Each class is co-facilitated by an experienced trauma sensitive yoga instructor and a licensed psychotherapist. Class series may be taken as many times as desired with compounding benefits.