Trauma-Informed Yoga Flows For Trauma Healing

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After trauma, we may feel like a stranger in our own bodies. 

Experiences of trauma can make us feel out of touch with our inner selves. We may feel aware of what is happening around us but numb to what is happening within us. 

This can cause our memories of trauma to surface unexpectedly, taking the form of flashbacks, intrusive thoughts, and nightmares. 

Trauma-informed yoga can help us create a safe dialogue between our minds, experiences, and bodies. 

Trauma-informed yoga integrates movement, breathing, and mindfulness with trauma-relevant features. Specific attention is given to cultivating feelings of safety, empowerment, and trust.

Research done with military personnel, survivors of intimate partner violence, veterans, and tsunami survivors indicates that trauma-informed yoga can help alleviate symptoms of PSTD (Price et al., 2017).

Our bodies can act as a safe channel through which to explore challenging feelings, such as anxiety, fear, numbness, anger, and shame. 

Instead of avoiding or suppressing difficult emotions, trauma-informed yoga can help us find strength in our vulnerability. 

Trauma-informed yoga heals and nourishes the connection between our minds and bodies. A significant body of research points to its benefits: 

Yoga has been shown to improve sleep, exercise, and diet, and at the same time, reduce pain, alcohol use, and reliance on medication (Braun et al., 2021; Tibbitts et al., 2021). 

Studies show that trauma-informed yoga helps to alleviate feelings of shame and self-objectification and instead cultivates resilience to stress, emotional regulation, self-compassion, and making healthier choices in response to feelings (Braun et al. 2021; Tibbitts et al., 2021).

Frequently practicing yoga in the home has been associated with further increased benefits (Price et al., 2017). 

Trauma-informed yoga offers powerful lifelong tools for healing. 

This is why Rewire Therapy has curated a specialized trauma-informed program as a meaningful addition to your trauma-healing toolbox.

Inside, the program contains 11 expert-led theory modules to offer insight into the healing benefits of trauma-informed yoga for trauma healing. Furthermore, our trauma-infomed yoga instructors will guide you through 12 yoga routines in a simple video format so that you or your clients can follow along and begin integrating yoga into your healing journey.

 

Introducing Yoga For PTSD: Practical Trauma-Informed Yoga Routines

 

Twelve Practical Trauma-Informed Yoga Routines, Adapted To All Levels:

Technique 1: Trauma-Informed Yoga With Rewire Therapy Flow

Attune to your body as you are guided through a grounding trauma-informed yoga flow that you may find challenging. Remember to listen to your body and honor its boundaries.

Technique 2: Seasons Of The Tree Flow

Allow your body to release tension and trauma from its tissues through eight specialized therapies, including somatics, movement, dance, and drama therapy.

Technique 3: Expelling Anger Through Trauma-Informed Yoga And Rewire Therapy

Release anger through somatics and trauma-informed yoga. Anger often arises from feeling disempowered. Learn to use movement to build agency and empower you to transform the physiological symptoms of anger.

Technique 4: Grounding The Nervous System Through Trauma-Informed Yoga And Imagery

Find tranquility and peace through the use of imagery and self-hypnosis. These techniques relax the nervous system and encourage self-attunement.

Technique 5: Healing Grief Through Yoga

Move feelings of grief through the body. Learn to acknowledge and heal from grief, using breath, mantra, meditation, and sound to calm the nervous system and mind.

Technique 6: Grounding The Nervous System Through Yoga

When things feel unsteady and overwhelming, utilize grounding practices to connect to your body and cultivate safety and security with yoga and movement.

Technique 7: Connecting To Self-Love Through Yoga

Nurture self-love through movement, breathwork, and meditation. This flow will help invite peace and love to your body and mind, enabling you to hold yourself with compassion.

Technique 8: Trauma-Informed Yoga For Healthy Boundaries

Develop your ability to set boundaries gently but firmly. Use this flow when you feel like your boundaries have been invaded and you want to push back.

Technique 9: Moving Anger Through The Body

Channel and transform feelings of anger through movement, meditation, breath, and sound. Use this practice to invite peace and clarity to your life.

Technique 10: Healing A Grieving Heart Through Trauma-Informed Yoga

Realign the energy of your heart to help heal from grief and heartache. Call on this compassion-centered practice when you are feeling overwhelmed or heartsore.

Bonus Seated and Restorative Flow 1

Restore using seated yoga postures as a grounding technique to step into your agency and strengthen your boundaries.

Bonus Seated and Restorative Flow 2

Generate awareness by implementing simple breath techniques that put you in conversation with your body.

+ 5 Expert Integration Modules:

Module 1: Understanding Trauma-Informed Yoga With Candice Clark (43-min)

  • Differentiating Trauma-Informed Yoga 
  • Outlining the Trauma-Informed Yoga model
  • Common misconceptions of Trauma-Informed Yoga

Module 2: Outlining The Healing Benefits Of Trauma-Informed Yoga With Candice Clark (36-min)

  • Trauma-Informed Yoga to create agency 
  • Understanding the link between bilateral movements and neural activity
  • Outlining how TIY activates the parasympathetic nervous system
  • Trauma-Informed Yoga to create interoceptive awareness

Module 3: Outlining The Do’s And Don’ts Of Facilitating Trauma-Informed Yoga With Candice Clark (31-min)

  • Understanding when yoga can cause harm
  • Outlining the do’s and don’ts of facilitating TIY
  • Discussing case study examples
  • Outlining the key tips of TIY for therapists and survivors

Module 4: Trauma-Informed Yoga Techniques For Practitioners And Survivors With Candice Clark (24-min)

  • Outlining trauma-informed yoga techniques for therapists and survivors

Module 5: An Introduction To The Characteristics Of Trauma-Informed Yoga With Kirsten Wilkinson (36-min)

  • Exploring how TIY can be accessible to all 
  • How to find and look for training 
  • Key takeaways and elements of TIY

Module 6: The Possibilities Of Trauma-Informed Yoga With Kirsten Wilkinson (33-min)

  • An introduction to trauma through a somatic lens 
  • Explore the differences between trauma-informed and trauma-sensitive
  • Understanding how yoga supports trauma restoration 
  • the symptoms of trauma addressed in TIY 
  • TIY and addiction 

Module 7: Practical Examples Of Trauma Informed Yoga Techniques With Kirsten Wilkinson (36-min)

  • Explore 7 actionable techniques 
  • Follow along exercises 

Module 8: Introduction To Trauma-Informed Yoga With Manasa Kanithi (27-min)

  • Somatic experiencing
  • Polyvagal theory
  • Dance
  • Yoga
  • Trembling exercises

Module 9: Important Considerations When Teaching Trauma-Informed Yoga With Manasa Kanithi (22-min)

  • Create a safe holding space that is not overwhelming
  • Provide emotional support
  • Remove Distraction
  • Consider the language used

Module 10: Seated Trauma-Informed Yoga Practices With Manasa Kanithi (40-min)

  • Implements seated movement
  • Bring the mind and body into harmony
  • Use movement to work through emotions

Module 11: Integration With Tanya Zajdel (8-min)

  • Gender-neutral descriptors
  • Permissive yoga
  • Observe how particular wording can elicit an emotional response
  • Reflect on why this might be 

Somatic Sensations & Body Scan Guide

Body scans are somatic practices that often elicit bodily sensations or emotions. This comprehensive guide includes:

  • A list of the different emotions and sensations that arise

  • A guide on what to do if no emotions or sensations arise

  • Steps and suggestions on how to manage overwhelming sensations or emotions that may arise from body scans

All Rewire Therapy Programs Come With:

  • A private support community

  • Lifetime access to the program and all future updates

  • Technical support via email and messenger

  • Start at any time at your own pace

  • A 72-hour money-back guarantee

  • A 30-day program exchange policy

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You’ll get all 11 expert-led modules, 12 trauma-informed yoga routines, learning tools, plus bonuses you can immediately integrate into your trauma toolbox to help you work more effectively with the trauma-affected nervous system.

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Thousands Of Healing Transformations With Rewire Therapy

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“For the first time ever, I feel like I understand what's happening in my body.” 

 

Andrea, USA
"I was super-skeptical if this would work for me because I had literally tried everything and nothing was helping my PTSD... A week into the course and I already feel a huge difference."
 

Emily R, New York
"I bought a course on trauma healing from MindValley but totally didn't relate to the teacher or the content. Listening to female experts who have been there really makes all the difference. Thank you so much :-)."
 
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"I've learned to truly listen to my body once again. This course has been a true gift."
 

Jenna, Survivor, USA
"I think the weirdest difference I noticed was that when I was practicing the exercises in Week 1... I began to feel my feet again. I realized I had dissociated from my feet for so long."
 
 
Jason R, Los Angeles
"I've been trying to heal my PTSD for years. It always felt like I took 2 steps forward and 1 step back. I just purchased this course and it's already paid for itself. The information in week 1 alone was more helpful than anything else I've done."
 
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I was in a good place anyway. But this is the missing puzzle piece that I needed.” 

 

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Meet The Experts

Tanya Zajdel

Tanya’s work with trauma healing and survivorship has been featured at the Tribeca Film Festival, CBC News, Vox Tablet and Iheart Radio.

 

Tanya is a mental health worker, a women’s health nurse, and a published feminist author. Tanya focuses primarily on creating programs that facilitate trauma healing through creating new neural connections in the brain called 'neuroplasticity exercises'.

 

Her techniques combine various proven therapies to repair and reset the nervous system after trauma including somatic therapy, yoga, drama therapy, dance therapy, CBT, qigong, EMDR, vagal toning, authentic movement, and a combination of expressive, creative art therapies.

Deirdre O Connor

As a trauma-informed somatic therapist, counselor, and movement therapist I have always had a keen interest in how our bodies reflect and somatize our thoughts and feelings. This fascination and exploration have spanned almost three decades, over 3,000 hours of training, and working with thousands of students and clients in this field.

 

As a body-based therapist, I embraced Craniosacral Therapy and Hakomi Mindfulness Psychotherapy as ways of working with our earliest emotional wounds. I’ve trained in the NeouroAffective Polyvagal Trauma- Informed work of Dr. Aline LaPierre which works through attuned touch, presence, and somatic dialogue to meet those places in us that can continue to hold trauma in the muscular bracing patterns of anxiety and long-term stress.

Manasa, M.S., E-RYT 200, RYT 500

Manasa Kanithi's first teachers of yoga, meditation, and Sanskrit were her parents. Her training began at the tender age of five. Her interest in culture and science led her to complete her undergraduate studies at the USF Honors College with a major in Classics (Ancient Greek/Latin Studies) and a minor in Chemistry. She also carries a Certificate in Ayurvedic Studies, a graduate certificate in Ageing and Neurosciences, and has a Master in Medical Sciences.

 

Manasa's own experiences led her to create an innovative and unique form of trauma-informed yoga practice which she identified with on a deeper level and which was soothing to her students who survived trauma and adversity. Manasa is currently in medical school, continuing her journey as a healer.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Sources

 
Braun, T. D., Uebelacker, L. A., Ward, M., Holzhauer, C. G., McCallister, K., & Abrantes, A. (2021). “We really need this”: Trauma-informed yoga for Veteran women with a history of military sexual trauma. Complementary Therapies in Medicine, 59, 102729. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ctim.2021.102729

Hagen, I., Skjelstad, S., & Nayar, U. S. (2021). “I Just Find It Easier to Let Go of Anger”: Reflections on the Ways in Which Yoga Influences How Young People Manage Their Emotions. Frontiers in Psychology, 12. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2021.729588

Price, M., Spinazzola, J., Musicaro, R., Turner, J., Suvak, M., Emerson, D., & van der Kolk, B. (2017). Effectiveness of an Extended Yoga Treatment for Women with Chronic Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 23(4), 300–309. https://doi.org/10.1089/acm.2015.0266

Tibbitts, D. C., Aicher, S. A., Sugg, J., Handloser, K., Eisman, L., Booth, L. D., & Bradley, R. D. (2021). Program evaluation of trauma-informed yoga for vulnerable populations. Evaluation and Program Planning, 88, 101946. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.evalprogplan.2021.101946
 
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