We have seen and experienced how the connection, love, and mutual healing that yoga inspires can contribute to managing and healing the effects of trauma. Samdhana-Karana Yoga is committed to being a trauma-aware environment.
What do we mean when we say "trauma-aware"?
Safety -We offer clear explanations of what is happening and why, a safe welcoming environment that prioritizes nonviolent communication, and a culture of non-shaming.
Language - We use clear language that is inclusive, easy to understand, and nonviolent. Our language reflects our belief in the sacredness of each person.
Trustworthiness - We maintain appropriate professional boundaries, practice transparency, and do our best to be consistent and to take responsibility when we fall short.
Choice - We do our best to encourage and reinforce each person's sense of agency in their bodies and in their experience at SKY. Each person has a choice about how to engage.
Empowerment - We strive to see each person in their gifts and to affirm them as we teach practices that can serve as tools for healing.
Collaboration - We see students as co-creators and operate as a decentralized organization.
Our teachers have received training in trauma-awareness and you may notice this reflected in the way they interact and teach in our regular drop-in classes.
We also offer an 8-week Trauma-Aware Yoga Series that is specifically for folks living with the effects of trauma who wish to incorporate a yoga practice into their healing*. This series is taught primarily by the studio's co-founder and co-director, Vania. The goal of the series is to offer a safe environment to explore being in your body in the context of a yoga studio. Some folks who participate in this series may choose to continue to practice in back-to-back series, while some may feel interested in continuing to practice in our regular drop-in classes. Some sessions are taught by Sarah who is certified in iRest Yoga Nidra. Research has shown that iRest effectively reduces PTSD, depression, anxiety, insomnia, chronic pain, and chemical dependency while increasing health, resiliency, and well-being.
Trauma-Aware Yoga: An 8-week series
Series cost is $80.
Next series dates:
Wed 9:30 to 11am, 7 June - 26 July, with Vania - Registration closed.
Mon 7:30 to 8:45pm, 11 Sept - 30 Oct, with Sarah - Register here
Payment plans, sliding scale, and need-based partial scholarships available upon request. Complete the Financial Aid Application here. If you have questions, please contact our Trauma-Aware Yoga coordinator.
*Trauma-Aware Yoga is not a replacement for therapy or other mental health care practices.
Donate to the Trauma-Aware Yoga Scholarship Fund HERE.