Movement, particularly yoga and dance, have been crucial tools in my journey of recovery from trauma and to living in a more mindful way. As a certified Trauma-Informed Yoga Instructor, I work with both youth and adults to assist them in developing effective and lifelong mind-body resources to deal with stressors and/or triggering situations in a positive way through yoga training.
Kids Yoga Classes
I currently offer a weekly kids yoga class (ages 4-11) at the Thomasville YMCA Everett-Milton Yoga Studio, in Thomasville, Georgia, on Thursday afternoons at 4pm. This class is taught in a trauma-informed environment and format, and is open to all children regardless of their history of trauma and/or adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). Classes are free to members of the YMCA. Families with scholarship needs who would like to attend classes are asked to contact me directly.
I am also available for workshops with nonprofits and other organizations who would like to offer yoga and other mindfulness practices to the children they work with. Please contact me here for availability.
Private Trauma-Informed Yoga Training
Tragic events and difficult life circumstances always know how to find us, be it the death of a loved one, a battle with cancer, divorce, or a sudden loss of financial stability, and often result in unresolved traumas in our mind and bodies. Additionally, it is often as adults that we begin to awaken to and process the traumatic experiences of our childhoods for the first time - this is a difficult and daunting task which many survivors find very isolating. I offer private trauma-informed yoga training to help these individuals move the symptoms of trauma through and out of their bodies in a safe, supportive, and non-judgemental environment. If you or someone you know might benefit from private trauma-informed yoga training, please contact me here. I am also available for workshops with companies, nonprofits and other organizations who would like to offer yoga and other mindfulness practices to their employees and/or the individuals that they work with. Please contact me here for availability.
Why trauma-informed yoga?
Because at-risk youth and adults often lack outside resources to support them, trauma-informed yoga can help them build life skills from the inside out, so that they can better support themselves. Trauma-Informed Yoga can support these individuals in the following ways: 1. SENSE OF SELF Yoga teaches individuals to become more aware of their thoughts, feelings and emotions. And when they connect with their inner experience, they can discover their own sense of self. By building this connection, yoga helps improve their self-esteem, and gives them the confidence to take control over their thoughts and actions. Using the tools they learn in yoga, teens are better able to shift from how they are being, to become who they want to be.
2. STRESS MANAGEMENT Yoga relaxation gives students the chance to unwind and release their stress. Students learn stress management techniques that are healthy and productive, and can choose the ones that work best for them off the mat.
3. RESILIENCE Resilience refers to the ability for a person to recover quickly from difficulty or cope with stress. Trauma-informed yoga builds resilience by connecting students with inner resources that helps them to work through their discomfort, understand their experience, and separate their feelings from their actions. Even more, yoga can help youth release pent up tension and trauma, so that they can move on both mentally and physically.