Trauma survivors often come to the practice of yoga upon the recommendation of their health care providers in order to cultivate as Babette Rothschild, M.S.W., L.C.S.W. states, “the simple body awareness that makes it possible to gauge, slow down, and halt traumatic hyper-arousal, and to separate past from present.”
But not all yoga classes are designed to meet the unique therapeutic needs of individuals living with the somatic aftermath of trauma. Therapeutically-based, trauma informed yoga classes help survivors gently reconnect with their bodies in a safe, supportive manner that emphasizes choice, mindfulness and ease.
Weekly Public Classes at Ajna Yoga, Victoria with Sarah Holmes de Castro
Fridays, 9:00-10:05 am
2185 Theatre Lane, Oak Bay
Ajna Yoga is a therapeutically-based yoga studio and Sarah is a faculty member mentoring teacher trainees. This gentle public class moves through forms that help increase mobility and strength with an emphasis on reducing stress. There is a balance of active movement and deep rest. First class is always free at Ajna!
For more information visit Ajna’s website here.
“I just wanted to share how much I loved tonight’s class. You know, yoga has been something I have wanted try again, for a long time now, but never got around to it. I did try it 3 different times/classes/teachers about 10 years ago or more, but it never was a match – too hard to get myself into those positions and I was very self-conscious. However, tonight was different. It helped being so small and intimate but more then that it was ‘you’. You made me feel so completely comfortable to be exactly where I am in my own skin as it is now. I mean really, what else is there?! You are a gifted woman who has an innate ability to ‘tune in’ and to lead through the lens of unconditional acceptance.”
– Participant, Trauma Sensitive Yoga Classes for Women, 2013