Woman doing yoga outdoors next to sea in Wales

Trauma-informed yoga

I teach a weekly online yoga class for all abilities, as well as offering private one to one and group sessions. 

Whether or not you have a trauma history, it's important to realise that you are the expert when it comes to your own body. Many of us move through day to day life detached from our bodily experience, due to living in a fast-paced, results-oriented society which overvalues productivity and undervalues the gift of simple presence. When we lose touch with our bodies and bodily sensations, this reduces our ability to notice and respond to our body’s innate wisdom. This inner disconnection can lead to feelings of powerlessness, which further reduce our ability to change habits and behaviours that might be unhelpful.

 

When facilitating yoga sessions, I encourage participants to become comfortable with making choices. This might mean modifying a posture in some way or ignoring entirely instructions which are not appropriate for you. This approach lets go of traditional, hierarchical models of teaching, in which the teacher is seen as the “expert” and given inappropriate power. A trauma-informed approach aims to redress this power imbalance, helping you to rebuild trust in the wisdom of your own body as the principle guide during your yoga practice.

To join my group class or book a private session, please get in touch. Full details of my group class are here