trauma sensitive approach

All of us carry our stories within our bodies. In Trauma Sensitive yoga, we understand that many of these stories are painful and sometimes have left lasting wounds on the mind, body and spirit. Some of these stories are ongoing and come from systems of power such as racism or sexism, which also inflict trauma on the body and mind, and some are interpersonal such as physical, emotional or sexual abuse. This approach emphasizes choice, kindness and awareness as I frequently remind students that yoga is about your body and your practice. As the instructor, I encourage my students to nurture their inner voice and to gently observe what happens in the present moment.

Currently, I am training in Integrated Movement Therapy (IMT), a holistic therapy approach for people of all ages from infancy to adulthood. IMT uses yoga’s philosophical, physical and spiritual framework in conjunction with conventional neurophysiological perspectives to address the challenges of being human, from depression and anxiety to degenerative conditions and life-threatening illness. The IMT approach is based on three overarching philosophies: that the student is already perfect and whole, that the student and teacher are both unlimited in their abilities to heal, and that no part of the body/mind/spirit complex, and no part of the brain, works alone.

Right now, I primarily offer private and group sessions as an optimal way to work with your unique goals and experiences.

“Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage. Truth and courage aren’t always comfortable, but they’re never weakness.”
— Brene Brown