Releasing Stored Trauma by Engaging in Yoga
Yoga movements, especially those focused on mindful breathing and gentle stretching, can help release trauma stored in the body. The practice promotes body awareness, encouraging individuals to connect with their sensations and emotions. This mindful approach can contribute to the release of tension and stress, potentially aiding in the processing of traumatic experiences. Additionally, the emphasis on relaxation in yoga may positively impact the nervous system, fostering a sense of calm and reducing the physiological effects of trauma.
1. Mindful Breathing:Start your yoga practice with focused, deep breathing. Inhale slowly, hold briefly, and exhale fully. This mindful breathing helps calm the nervous system and creates a foundation for releasing trauma.
2. Gentle Movement and Poses:Begin with gentle, slow movements and poses. Gradually increase intensity as you feel comfortable. This approach allows your body to adapt and reduces the risk of triggering overwhelming emotions associated with trauma.
3. Body Awareness:Cultivate awareness of sensations in your body during each pose. Pay attention to areas where tension or discomfort arises. Mindful awareness can help you understand and release stored trauma.
4. Set Positive Intentions:Incorporate positive affirmations or intentions into your practice. Affirmations can shift your mindset and promote healing. Focus on self-compassion and cultivating a sense of safety.
5. Savasana (Corpse Pose):Allocate time at the end of your practice for Savasana. This relaxation pose allows your body and mind to absorb the benefits of the practice. Use this time for introspection, acknowledging any emotions that surface, and letting go.
Remember, it's crucial to approach trauma-sensitive yoga with patience and self-compassion. It is important to seek guidance from mental health professional while you are on your journey to healing, yoga is an additional resource to use in finding your release of emotion.
Michell Llovet is a Licensed Health Coach and 200hr Yoga Teacher. She also obtained her Bachelor of Science degree from FIU in Health and Physical Education. Michell has taught Life Management to teens for over 23 years. In her lifelong journey in the health and wellness field Michell first discovered yoga as a college athlete and used it to heal and recover physically.