What Is Trauma Sensitive Yoga? Open To Grace Canberra

What Is Trauma Sensitive Yoga? Open To Grace Canberra


So then what is trauma sensitive yoga? So trauma sensitive yoga is a specific framework. Again, it was developed by a yoga teacher, doctor, not doctor, sorry. It was developed by a yoga teacher, David Emmerson, and has since been researched over the last 20 years by Dr. Besser van der Kolk, a psychiatrist. And the framework is very different to what you would see in a normal yoga class. There are several things that we do differently in a trauma sensitive yoga class, such as the language that we use. It’s inviting language. It’s not directive. It’s a shared experience between the teacher and the participant rather than the teacher giving directions. But also there’s things to consider, such as there’s certain postures or forms, as we call them, in trauma sensitive yoga that are not appropriate because they can be triggers for people. There’s also different breath practices that we don’t use because again, these can be triggers. So it’s really important that if you are going to a trauma sensitive yoga class, that your teacher has this awesome understanding because sometimes it can be more detrimental to your mental health if you’re going to a standard yoga class that has these types of triggers.