For therapists and organizations
As a Trauma Sensitive Yoga facilitator, I believe in and work towards the same goals of therapists and organizations serving trauma-impacted or vulnerable populations: helping people get better and achieve a higher quality of life.
Below you can find comprehensive information on Trauma Sensitive Yoga and the method in which I work.
As a facilitator of Trauma Sensitive Yoga, I directly support the work of trauma therapists in Israel by bringing the body into the treatment landscape. My expertise is in empowering survivors of complex trauma to safely experience their bodies, which directly contributes to recovery and the therapeutic process.
I frequently partner with mental health organizations and amutot that promote the wellbeing of trauma-impacted populations, adding value to their important work and mission.
What is Trauma Sensitive Yoga?
Trauma Sensitive Yoga (specifically Trauma Center, Trauma Sensitive Yoga) is a unique, bottom-up intervention developed to provide psychologically safe opportunities for survivors of complex trauma to notice, engage and interact with their bodies using yoga postures as a guide. It was developed at the Trauma Center at the Justice Resource Institute in Boston, MA, and in 2017 was officially recognized as an evidence-based practice.
In contrast to other somatic models, there is no emphasis on processing traumatic memories or engagement in verbal meaning-making of visceral experiences. Instead, as a facilitator, I collaborate with clients on what feels comfortable/accessible to them in their bodies. Together, we use different yoga postures as opportunities for practicing interoceptive awareness.
The role of interoception in trauma recovery:
Interoception is often described as our “7th sense” and refers to our ability to notice, feel and identify internal physical sensation. Complex trauma impacts a person’s interoceptive pathways, which can manifest as physical disconnection/dissociation or an impaired ability to describe or identify different internal states, and it can influence a person’s sense of self. Critically, in contrast to introspection, interoception does not involve any cognitive processing or meaning-making; it is simply our capacity to notice and feel our bodies in the present moment.
Interoceptive awareness can be worked on and improved.
In time, and with safely facilitated practice, it can even form the basis of a new relationship with one’s body.
In Trauma Sensitive Yoga, we practice “being in our bodies” via interoception. Each posture and movement is explored for its various associated physical sensations, according to what feels useful, supportive and helpful to the client. Participants are always in complete control of their bodies and how they interact with each yoga form, via a range of choices and options provided. They are invited to go at their own pace, to notice and feel their body without reference to external appearance, “correct” technique, or yoga dogma.