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Yoga as Healing

Please note: Yoga as Healing is at capacity for Fall 2017. To be put on the waiting list for next quarter, please email admin@careprogram.ucla.edu.


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
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Yoga as Healing Mats
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Yoga as Healing Circle
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Take what you need Yoga program
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Art as healing Yoga program