feel: Yoga

I teach Hatha-Vinyasa which is a flow-based yoga aimed at bringing together the body and mind into flow simultaneous to exploring strength and effort whilst linking breath to movement to invite a smooth transitioning from pose to pose – quite the challenge and a metaphor for life experiences in general.

I have recently trained in the delivery of Yogic Meditations including Yoga Nidra.

I also provide trauma-sensitive yoga with an approach to creating a safe, supportive space in which clients can learn emotional regulation skills through connection with the breath and increased body awareness.

Why Trauma-Sensitive Yoga

‘The reality is that trauma impacts us on all levels: physical, mental, emotional, social, psychic, and spiritual and that each of these layers are interconnected. Mental health is whole-person health, and by paying attention to the many layers, we can more readily identify and access the supports people need when recovering from trauma need’.  Lisa Danylchuk (Author of Yoga For Trauma Recovery: Theory, Philosophy and Practice, 2019)

How Trauma Affects Your Brain and Body

When a person experiences a traumatic event, the body automatically opts to protect itself and goes into a fight, flight, or freeze reaction. This response can be stored in the nervous system as a stress response, even when potential threats have been resolved. For some, in response to trauma, the body’s fight, flight freeze response gets stuck in an ‘on’ or ‘off ‘position leaving long-term residual effects in the way the brain and body and mind function, oftentimes spilling over into the psyche, the energy field, into our relationships.

Typically, these residual response effects manifest as PTSD, hyperarousal, hypervigilance, numbness, dissociation, problems with emotional dysregulation, increased persistent anxiety and/or depression or a perpetual loop between being anxious and depressed etc…

Trauma sensitive yoga can help heal trauma effects by recalibrating the nervous system so that a person can once again meet the discomfort and challenges that life inevitably presents with courage and compassion and resilience.

I often combine trauma sensitive yoga with EMDR.

Yoga as a practice tool

There is a growing body of research supporting yoga’s mental health benefits and some psychologists are weaving the practise into their work with clients. The focus is to meld the talk therapy with paying attention to how the body feels; to teach clients to be in the here and now via yoga’s mind-body awareness and breathing techniques in ways that can help with the process of unhook from thoughts, emotions and impulses that are negative or destructive.

Why FEELing is important to healing

Before we go inside, we start with the outside and what we can sense and feel in the body.

When we tune in to the felt sense of an experience, we tap into our memory be it conscious, nameable or unnameable…it is here, at this point, if we make space to be with and feel whatever it is that surfaces we get to refine our understand, become more integrated, grounded and assured moving forward.

~ Through yoga, we become grounded which creates space in our mind to process life experiences. ~

~ Willingness ~

by Danna Faulds

“In the willingness to FEEL,
there is healing.
In the choice not to closet, cast aside or deny experience,
energy is freed, and I
dive deeper into life.

There may be maturity in
choosing not to act,
but there are no rewards for
suppression and denial.

To be fully alive is saying
yes to the wide array of
human feelings.

When I soften, release and breathe,
I discover that I am more than
what I think, FEEL, reason
or believe.”

~ Being Present ~

by Danna Faulds

“Breathe, relax and FEEL;
take time to slow down
the pace of life. Watch the
rise and fall of moods, the
birth and death of dreams.
Feelings and sensations seem
so real, yet they shift like
changing clouds, and flow
with the high tide out to sea
again. Allow it all to be,
no need to grasp or push away.
Present with each moment,
the whole of you, body, mind
and soul, open to receive.”