Trauma is a widespread concern that manifests in different ways. PTSD rates in adults show that 6% of the U.S. population will experience PTSD in their lives. Gender-wise, men face higher rates of accidents and physical assaults, whereas women are more likely to suffer from sexual assault and abuse.
Trauma-informed yoga is all about addressing individual trauma needs with a concentration on mind-body techniques. In this guide, we’ll walk you through the proper steps you need to take as a yoga therapist to help your students heal and prosper in a non-judgemental setting.
Trauma is defined as a response to dreadful events that elicit strong emotional and physical reactions. Such events can include physical or sexual assault, a natural disaster, childhood neglect, or any experience that results in long-term damage. As mentioned earlier, trauma presents itself in several ways. Here are some of the most common symptoms broken down into physical and emotional types:
Without proper intervention and emotional support, trauma can rob survivors of their happiness and their ability to confront their inner struggles.
Dealing with trauma entails going through long-term challenges that make it difficult to function in our daily lives. A good coping strategy involves opening up with someone about your feelings and emotions. Without personalized treatment or care, trauma may result in long-term consequences that disrupt our relationships, hinders our health, and distorts our self-image.
Your role as a trauma-informed yoga instructor is to establish a setting where trauma survivors feel supported, encouraged, and provided with an opportunity to heal. Here are some expectations of you as an instructor:
If you’re looking for guidance on trauma-sensitive yoga practices, Breathing Deeply can get you started. Our yoga training courses are designed to train students to become general practitioners, helping clients manage emotional and physiological challenges associated with life-disruptive matters.
Every setting will be different, especially when it concerns trauma. Here are practices to consider when working with vulnerable students:
As an instructor, refrain from physical contact or hands-on adjustments. Instead, opt for verbal directions when giving recommendations. Any form of touching may trigger students who’ve experienced physical or sexual assault.
Also, it is vital to remember that you are not a mental health therapist. Students who exhibit signs of severe emotional distress require help from licensed mental health professionals. Know your practice and refer your students to counseling services if needed.
Once you’re ready to take that next step as a trauma-informed yoga instructor, check out our 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training program.
Our interactive program is designed to equip you with the skills and knowledge needed to approach your teachings from a therapeutic perspective.
Help free others from their inner struggles. Contact us for more information.
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