David Emerson, author of Overcoming Trauma Through Yoga, stresses the need for teachers to make classes more inclusive, approachable, and trauma-sensitive. “Yoga promises peace of body and mind,” he says, “but there is so much that goes on during a typical yoga class that can be devastating for some trauma survivors.”
As yoga teachers, it is our job to teach yoga in a compassionate and caring environment, holding space for students of all backgrounds, including and perhaps especially trauma survivors, to reap the benefits of the practice
The teaching space has to be one of exploration of connection, but within a safe structure. This may seem paradoxical, but the most important thing we can create in a yoga space is a sense of safety so that the nervous system can start to let go of some of its hypervigilance, and therefore start to explore what it’s like to be in the body
Even if your not teaching ‘trauma’ informed yoga to a specific group, it’s highly likely that there will be several people who have experienced some degree of PTSD in any given yoga class.
As part of best practice and duty of care, yoga professionals need to understand what trauma and specifically PTSD is and how to make classes sensitive for trauma survivors. we run a variety of trainings focused on yoga and PTSD, check our out training here; Professional Training Courses