Trauma Sensitive Yoga
Here’s a brief video that explains a bit more about trauma-sensitive yoga, answers some of the common questions, and details what you can expect in a trauma-sensitive yoga class.
If you are wondering about how the classes work, here are some questions our students often ask.
What happens in a trauma-sensitive yoga class?
The format of a trauma-sensitive class is similar in many ways to a conventional yoga class. The difference is in the way the content of the class is presented. We understand that prescriptive language and detailed instructions can be off putting and overwhelming. We want to give you the choice to participate in the class as it suits you so we offer instead of instructing. We suggest non-triggering breathing practices you might like to try. The postures we work with are suggested and tailored to the individual needs of each student. You can decide whether or not you want to try a posture and how long you want to stay in it. The ten minute relaxation component of the class is optional and guided, and you can rest in a position that is comfortable for you.
Can I come and see the studio before the class?
It’s a great idea to come and meet your teacher before the class, this might mean arriving ten minutes early or coming to the studio before committing to a class. It’s helpful to know where the studio is, where to park and what the space looks like.
What if I don’t want to socialise
We respect that many people don’t come to yoga to socialise, and don’t want to be positioned on a mat in front of another student. Our classes are conducted in a semi circle so that you don’t have people directly behind you and you don’t have to do partner work. We also have a no adjustment, no touch policy.
What if I want to leave?
Sometimes, no matter how much you want to come to yoga, things may come up that make you feel like you want to leave the class. Thinking that you have to stay and can’t leave can be really stressful. There is no obligation or any expectation that you stay for the whole class, it’s up to you to stay or leave depending on how you feel.
Will the class be too hard for me?
Many people who want to resume or begin yoga are concerned about how hard the class will be and whether or not they will be able to keep up. In a trauma-sensitive yoga class there is an emphasis on working only at a pace that is comfortable. If you find that any posture (including restorative postures) causes you discomfort physically or emotionally you can move out of it, or simply choose not to do it at all.
January 2020 Intake
January 22 -February 26
6 week term in Caulfield South. $30 per person per class. Term bookings are essential
Only six places available