Yoga as Healing

Please note: Spots are now open for the Fall Semester 2018 Yoga as Healing Program. Please complete and submit the interest form. Any questions can be directed to Title IX Coordinator at deanofstudents@usfca.edu​​​ or 415-422-5330.

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What is Trauma-informed Yoga?

Regardless of the nature of the traumatic incident, survivors may suffer from physical pain and emotional unrest after experiencing a trigger, or as a chronic underpinning of their daily activities. There is no doubt that trauma impacts brain functioning. After experiencing trauma, the amygdala goes into overdrive and anticipates danger even when there is none. Trauma can leave the body feeling dis-regulated and unsafe. Trauma-informed yoga is an empowering yoga practice that prioritizes the lived experience and healing of the survivor. Trust, safety, choice, and control are central to the practice. Below is a list of the core components of trauma- informed yoga:

  1. Empowerment-based language
  2. No physical assists
  3. Natural breathing
  4. Give students space to explore the postures
  5. Themes to aid in healing
  6. Create a safe experience
  7. Provide a supportive presence
  8. Sensitivity to triggers