Updated: Sep 18, 2022
The goal of TF- Yoga is to safely learn to embody oneself as many of us affected by trauma and/or oppression survive those experiences by dissociating from the body.
According to research by trauma expert, Bessel van der Kolk, Yoga “is a gentle, safe way for people to befriend their bodies, where the trauma of the past is stored.”
Meditation and breathing exercises can also be triggering for folks who have a trauma history. It is vital to work with a practitioner that is supporting you in your healing, without being retraumatized. It is a myth that to heal from trauma, we need to suffer through it. The reality is that trauma work, especially with the body, is best done with slowness, allowing you to adapt the changes, digest piece by piece until those experiences become integrated. Trauma-Focused Yoga is a wonderful way to do that.