Therapeutic Yoga Group Classes
In a group setting this practice aims to help students regain comfort in their bodies, find calm within, increase self awareness, increase their attention span, increase acceptance and adaptability, gain a sense of security, counteract rumination, and improve self-regulation.
"[Yoga is] an opportunity to relax and reflect. A time where your body doesn't
have to being full panic mode and can escape the pressures of everyday life." Izzy
The objective is not to access emotions or dredge up memories, but rather to help clients heighten their self awareness — to notice what is happening inside their bodies — and thereby learn to release tension, reduce and control fear and arousal, and tolerate sensation along with increasing calm within. The practice is based on the growing understanding that trauma takes a heavy toll on the body and the brain.
Benefits of Therapeutic Yoga Group Classes for Participants:
Reduce and control fear and arousal
Learn to tolerate sensation while increasing inner calm
Increased attention and ability to focus
Improve self regulation
Decrease suffering due to trauma
When the body absorbs and anticipates trauma, individuals are likely to experience hyper-arousal, hyper vigilance, and an inability to calm. At the same time, the body responds by shuttering or dampening sensation. They avoid stimuli and their body becomes numb. Therapeutic yoga helps them learn to calm their minds and regulate their physical responses and, thus, their emotions. They are able to learn to recognize and tolerate physical sensations and thereby regain a feeling of safety inside their bodies.
"I feel more flexible, afterwards I feel calm for the rest of the day" Lexie
Yoga’s ability to touch us on every level of our being—physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual—makes it a powerful and effective means individuals to regain comfort in their bodies safely, calm their minds, experience emotions directly, and begin to feel a sense of strength and control.
This session promotes a sense of presence and draws the student into the present comfortably, encouraging them to recognize different sensations and make peace with their bodies. Providing tools for the student to explore where they are the one who is in control.
"It is calming to do the poses, and makes the day better." Kiersten