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What is Trauma Sensitive Yoga?
Trauma-Sensitive Yoga is an empirically validated, adjunctive clinical treatment for complex trauma or chronic, treatment-resistant PTSD. Developed at the Trauma Center in Brookline, Massachusetts, TSY has foundations in both Trauma Theory and Hatha Yoga practice with an emphasis on body-based yoga forms and breathing practices. Trauma Sensitive Yoga classes help survivors of post-traumatic stress gently reconnect with their bodies in a safe, supportive environment by:
learning to be present
practicing making choices
experiencing taking effective action
sensing their spatial orientation
increasing and decreasing the intensity in muscles
connecting with the body and environment through breath
What happens in Trauma?
When a person experiences trauma, the body responds automatically. This may result in a fight, flight, or freeze reaction. The adaptive response can create a new chronic states of being. Our brains change. Trauma can damage the insula, a part of your brain that registers what is happening with the body. Insula damage translates as the inability to experience joy, love, happiness, and to experience the very sensations of what our bodies are physically doing. Additionally, trauma damages the pre-frontal cortex, which assists us in self-regulation. After experiencing trauma, an individual may feel lost as though it cannot rely on itself to become reoriented.
How does Trauma Sensitive Yoga help?
While the experience of trauma and its aftermath can feel isolating, yoga provides an opportunity to be physically in sync with others. Moving in unison with fellow classmates or with an instructor can help re-establish interpersonal (and intrapersonal) rhythms.
A trauma-sensitive yoga practice can increase connection with the breath, enabling the brain to become less aroused, and relaxation to begin. A trauma-sensitive practice can rebuild connections with both the insula and prefrontal cortex, strengthening the mind-body connection. The practice can help a student to regain their sense of control and ownership over their own body and their own experience.