Learning to inhabit your body: Yoga and Mindfulness
"As we begin to re-experience a visceral reconnection with the needs of our bodies, there is a brand new capacity to warmly love the self. We experience a new quality of authenticity in our caring, which redirects our attention to our health, our diets, our energy, our time management. This enhanced care for the self arises spontaneously and naturally, not as a response to a "should". We are able to experience an immediate and intrinsic pleasure in self-care." -Stephen Cope, Yoga and the Quest for the True Self
What is trauma-conscious; trauma-informed?
To be human informed. To understand the ways in which we are wired as complex and multifaceted beings. To recognize that we are all trauma survivors and we all need healing. To be trauma-conscious is to show up in the world in a way in which we are connected to our own humanness and devoted to our healing and likewise, to embody loving-kindness and patience and to effectively attune to others in a way that is non-judgmental, unbiased, compassionate and empathetic.
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is paying attention to the present moment, on purpose with full acceptance, neutrality, and curiosity. Mindfulness allows you to enter the real self; awareness to this moment, your breath, heartbeat, compassion, anything you bring bring your focus to. Mindful-based practices allow us to embrace change, growth, acceptance, self-discovery and acknowledgment of all sensations and experiences. Mindfulness helps to build state of self: emotional well-being, mental health, and physical health. Techniques of mindfulness include: breathing, observation, awareness listening, immersion, appreciation, meditation, and yoga.
Yoga and Guided Meditations
Meditations and Yoga for Healing
Simple awareness of breath and the act of noticing sensations can have profound impact, especially when words fall short. I would like to provide a space that is trauma-conscious for ones to mindfully explore their strengths and experience the things that may be uncomfortable, without judgement or expectations. Yoga is also best when we make room for play, and let go of the need for perfection, so modifications, falling, and laughter are welcome!