Introduction to Trauma Sensitive Yoga

Being traumatized means continuing to organize your life as if the trauma were still going on—unchanged and immutable—as every new encounter or event is contaminated by the past.

Dr. Bessel A. Van Der Kolk, clinician, researcher and author

Today’s my last day of yoga teacher training and I still can’t believe I decided to do this, and that I got through it! I’ll need some time to really process and absorb everything I’ve learned, but in the meantime, I wanted to share some of the work I did on my final project.

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Essays, Yoga

Yoga Teacher Training: First Impressions


I’ve been practicing yoga with regularity for the past two years, but I hadn’t considered teacher training because I never thought of myself as a teacher (of any kind). I also didn’t think that I would be physically capable. There are several poses I still can’t get into, whether it’s a lack of strength or a mental barrier. The whole proposition intimidated me, and yet I decided to do it anyway. I’m in Week 3, training at the Yoga Bliss studio, which is filled with amazing yogis that follow all the limbs of yoga, not just the physical ones. I’m thankful I found them, and that I’m sharing a class with excellent humans who are just as eager to learn and grow.

So far, I’ve been surprised by how quickly it’s had a positive effect on my yoga practice. The incredible thing about mindfulness is it can start working immediately, all that’s needed is practice! I feel reinvigorated and have already had a couple of epiphanies.

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