Yoga is an ancient practice that incorporates mental, physical, and spiritual exercises that strengthen the body and mind. This ancient discipline originated in India and continues to inspire, heal, and empower humans today. Trauma-informed yoga
What is Trauma-Informed Yoga for Women?
Trauma-informed yoga and trauma-sensitive yoga are specifically designed to help trauma survivors strengthen their mental health and encourage healing. It incorporates a series of asanas (postures) and mantras (chants) that promote relaxation, mindfulness, and body awareness.
At Emerge Recovery TX, we believe that trauma-informed yoga is an excellent form of adjunctive therapeutic healing. We aim to help women decrease trauma-induced symptoms and reduce reactivity through this ancient disciple. Trauma-informed yoga works with and never against a patient. Instead, it acknowledges the obstacles one must overcome and teaches you how to empower yourself.
How Is Trauma Sensitive Yoga Different From Traditional Yoga?
Women who suffer from trauma may get triggered by specific postures and actions. Traditional yoga involves pushing the body and mind to their limits. Yoga teachers often leave their mat to encourage or push their students to do a particular stretch or pose. These actions can trigger PTSD in women who are on the journey to healing from their traumatic experiences.
TIY teachers undergo extensive training to work with women suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, complex trauma, sexual trauma, and more. Each class focuses on emotional regulation and gentle mindfulness. In addition, the yoga teachers utilize multiple restorative modalities to minimize triggers and encourage healing. Some key differences to note include:
Gentle and encouraging language: TIY teachers will use positive-gentle language that encourages women to try certain yoga poses. The language used is soft and will never push a participant. Students can do what they feel comfortable with.
Trauma-informed yoga therapists never leave their mats: While this might seem strange, a trauma-sensitive yoga teacher will conduct her class on the mat. They will never touch a patient or walk around a room. This form of non-directive touch or practice without interruption ensures safety and comfort.
Informed instructors and predictable movements: A trauma-sensitive yoga teacher is aware of the barriers women must overcome. And, so TIY teachers will utilize invitatory language encouraging patients to try new postures or breathing techniques.
The Benefits of Yoga Therapy for Trauma Survivors
Studies show that trauma—be it sexual assault or complex trauma, can disrupt the formation of neural connections within the nervous system. This psychological and physiological manifestation of trauma can be expressed as a post-traumatic stress disorder, physical pain, and muscle tension.
Restorative Yoga for Mental Health and Wellness: Restorative Yoga incorporates a series of pranayamas (breathing exercises) and asanas (poses) directed towards reducing reactivity towards stressful triggers and improving one’s mental health and well-being. Yoga therapy helps women alleviate stress while encouraging a healthy mindset.
Yoga Poses for Mindfulness and Body Awareness: Our trauma-informed yoga classes teach women to nurture and love their bodies. In addition, it trains the mind to conquer stressful triggers and to stimulate emotional regulation.
Emerge Recovery TX: Trauma-Informed Yoga Classes in Austin, Texas
Trauma is not just “in your head.” It leaves a real, physical imprint on your body, disturbing your memory storage processes and altering your brain. Trauma-informed yoga empowers students and helps them positively reconnect to their bodies.
Trauma-informed yoga is an approach to creating a safe, nurturing space in which students can learn emotional regulation skills through connection with the breath and increased body awareness. At Emerge Recovery TX, we strive to empower the mind, body, and spirit recovery. Therefore, nurturing the body is our key focus in our Trauma-Informed Yoga sessions.
Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)
Intensive outpatient programs (IOP) is a structured trauma and substance abuse disorder treatment program that last 3-hours a day, three days per week. IOP allows clients to continue with their normal, day-to-day lives in a way that residential treatment programs do.
Outpatient Program (OP)
Outpatient (OP) is a structured therapeutic group and process group which takes place once a week, over 2 hours. OP allows clients to continue developing therapeutic skills and processes as they continue to build a life of long-term recovery.
OP takes place weekly on Wednesdays, from 5:30 – 7:30pm.
Why Emerge Recovery TX?
Emerge Recovery TX is consistently providing education, enhanced skills, guidance, support, and paramount resources necessary to build self–sufficient, prosperous, and meaningful lives for the addicted individual and family by aiding them in creating a recovered state of mind, body, spirit, and emotional balance.
- Evidence-based and holistic approaches
- Trauma-integrated care
- Renowned clinical staff
- Made by women, for women