“There is deep wisdom within our very flesh, if we can only come to our senses and feel it.” -Elizabeth A Behnke
Trauma, stress, and anxiety live in our bodies. Some of the effects might look like:
- Feeling unsafe
- Difficulty trusting or connecting with other people
- Hyper-vigilance— feeling “on guard” all the time
- Difficulty sitting still
- Nervous/anxious energy
- Disrupted sleep patterns or insomnia
- Feeling “raw,” sensitive, or emotional
- Lethargy or dullness
- Difficulty breathing well
- Repetitive thought patterns
- Feeling helpless or powerless
- Inability to pay attention
Our bodies are designed to help us to adapt to our changing environment, and all of these (and more) are completely normal physiological responses to being alive in a challenging world.
There is nothing wrong with you.
You are an incredibly powerful, resilient human being.
Even better: you can learn to work with your unique body to help recover your sense of well-being.
Each training session is an opportunity to play and learn with movement, yoga, and breathing techniques. Sessions are tailored to you and your physical and emotional state. We might play with balance or balls, or spend some time on the yoga mat. As a trauma-informed yoga teacher, personal trainer, and coach, my job is to help you to tap into your body’s resources through movement. Together, we create a space that allows for a settling from the dysregulation associated with experiences related to trauma, stress and anxiety.
Trauma-informed movement teaches:
- A sense of wholeness, integration and vitality.
- Self-confidence as you recognize your own strength, power and embodied boundaries.
- An understanding of your body’s functions to facilitate well-being and regulation.
- Techniques for greater self-wisdom and resilience so that you can handle life’s challenges.
A few important notes about this kind of work: We live in an oppressive system that prioritizes the needs of some bodies over others. For marginalized folks, simply walking around in the world can be re-traumatizing. We need to remember that it may not be possible to thrive or heal in a system that is sick. We can, however, validate our own experiences, recognize the effects of the system, and find ways to mitigate those effects by working with ourselves.
The methods I teach are not a replacement for licensed mental health care, but work well in conjunction with them. Potential clients will be interviewed to determine that they are supported in their mental health care before training, and may be required to provide authorization from their current mental health care provider.