Trauma-Informed Yoga is an intervention that can help clients cope better with trauma and anxiety by reconnecting to their bodies in a safe, deliberate way.
All mental health professionals at Outlook Counseling Services, PLLC, regardless of their background or familiarity with yoga, can understand and use trauma-informed yoga techniques to help their clients achieve deeper, more lasting recovery. Trauma-informed yoga in therapy is an adjunctive treatment to be used within a clinical context by mental health professionals, as well as yoga instructors with the intention of treating trauma.
Unlike traditional, mat-based yoga, trauma-informed yoga can be practiced without one, in a therapist’s chair, or on a couch. Trauma-informed yoga has simple poses, and the focus is always placed on the internal experience of the client. The client does not have to have any yoga experience or be a yoga expert to benefit from this practice. The therapist guides the client to become accustomed to feeling sensations in the body, concentrating on the present moment. In this way, everything about the practice is optional, safe, and gentle, geared toward helping clients to befriend their bodies. Trauma-informed yoga can be integrated into the therapy session if the client chooses to engage in this intervention.
The following video describes the benefits of yoga for trauma-
Please contact us, if you have any questions regarding trauma-informed yoga or would like to make an appointment with a trauma-informed therapist.