About the Program

 

Our Yoga as Healing USF ONLINE version is an eight-week program taking place during the Fall 2021 semester at USF.  Our YaH_usf series is designed to aid in the support and healing of those individuals who have experienced sexual violence​, gender bias, gender discrimination, and trauma. During each class, we will explore a designated theme ​interwoven with the ​physical​ ​ (asana) ​yoga practice. 

Classes will be offered through the Zoom platform. You will receive the class link to all of the sessions once you have registered.

 

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Our focus for YaH_online is to support and rebalance our nervous system due to an overabundance of stress, overwhelm, and/or experiences of trauma. By using a combination of mindful flow and restorative yoga practices with intentionally woven themes we offer each participant a space for safety and a sense of ease and healing.

 

 These body-based practices are often referred to as Somatic Experiences or Somatic Healing.  

  • Trauma survivors who are uncomfortable with or express a lack of interest in talk therapy have flourished in art or movement-based formats (Holistic Healing Services for Survivors, Poore, T., Shulruff, T., & Bein, K., 2013).

 

Each class will offer an optional weekly journal prompt and/or activity for those who wish to participate. At weeks 5, 6, 7, and 8 we will be offering a 25-minute discussion/check-in option held at 7 pm PST with our yoga class immediately following at 7:30 pm PST. 

Theme Discussion/Check-in will be limited to 10 persons to ensure we are able to offer a safe space that encourages listening and creating of connection.

  • Discussions will be held on zoom utilizing interactive tools such as jam board and polls along with writing prompts and conversation. 
  • We ask that everyone who participates in the Theme Discussions be able and willing, at least for a portion of time, to have their camera on to foster a sense of community. Please feel free to use only your first name on zoom.
  • Registration for the Theme Discussion will be sent out weekly in our Newsletters starting at week #4. 

 

Our Commitment:

  • We commit to view somatic healing as social justice and practical theory of change
  • We commit to healing practices as welcome space for all bodies, abilities,
  • race, gender
  • We commit to actively work in anti-racism and the shared knowledge of white supremacy in our society, culture, and systems
  • We commit to the knowledge and work to decolonize yoga
  • We commit to being survivor-centered
  • We commit to creating a space where safety is of highest value
  • We commit to speak with intention and allow space for others to speak
     

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