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WHY TRAUMA-INFORMED YOGA?
WHAT IS TRAUMA?
“Trauma is not the event itself; rather, trauma resides in the nervous system and affects the body, as well as emotions, mind, spirit and our capacity for relationships.” – Peter Levine
“Trauma is not what happens to you, it’s what happens inside you as a result of what happened to you.” – Gabor Mate]
Trauma is not an extraordinary event. It is an all-too-common part of our human lives, and is caused by experiences – small or large, short or long-term – that overwhelm our capacity to cope, respond and function. Trauma is not just individual. It is also intergenerational, social, and collective, and it impacts all of our relationships – with ourselves, our families, communities, social systems and culture.
What is trauma-informed practice?
Trauma-informed practice is a broadly applicable approach that recognises the prevalence and impacts of trauma, and offers compassionate and skilful means for supporting people to feel safe and valued, to minimise the risks of re-traumatisation, and to move towards healing, connection and empowerment. Trauma-informed really means people-informed: it is an approach that honours our fundamental humanity, celebrates our diversity, and supports the wellbeing of all, individually and collectively.
The six principles of Trauma-Informed Practice (from SAMHSA) are:
- Trustworthiness and Transparency
- Peer Support
- Collaboration and Mutuality
- Empowerment, Voice and Choice
- Social Justice and Systems Perspective – Cultural, Historical & Social Influences
“Neuroscience research shows that the only way we can change the way we feel is by becoming aware of our inner experience and learning to befriend what is going inside ourselves.” – Bessel van der Kolk
Because trauma is stored in the body, the pathway to healing and transforming trauma must also be embodied.
Trauma-Informed Yoga offers embodied mindfulness and movement practices with a trauma-informed and neuroscience-informed approach. It is rapidly being recognised as one of the most effective practices for self-regulation and trauma integration (see our Library of Resources for current research).
Yoga for Humankind honours the rich tradition and roots of yoga, that provides an integrated philosophy and practice for a life of wellbeing, wisdom and freedom. We also value the evolution of yoga and its integration with neuroscience, contemporary somatics, and embodied wisdom from other spiritual and earth-based traditions.
Because trauma is social as well as personal, our trauma-transforming framework equally emphasises education and practices in embodied social justice, community practice and building regenerative culture.
This is why we call our work embodied trauma-informed education and social change.
It is not just for yoga teachers, it is for everybody – and the thriving world we know is possible.