Trauma: 1. A deeply distressing or disturbing experience. 2. Physical injury.
PTSD: A condition of persistent mental and emotional stress occurring as a result of injury or severe psychological shock, typically involving disturbance of sleep and constant vivid recall of the experience, with dulled responses to others and the outside world.
This group is for anyone recovering from trauma or PTSD that is looking for a community and a safe place for healing.
Through gentle yoga, simple meditation, and breath work we will meet once a month to heal together. First time beginners in yoga to all skill levels are welcome. Different locations to be announced in the North Jersey area. There is no fee however donations are accepted. Please dress comfortably and realize you will be on the floor for most of the class. If you have your own yoga mat, please bring it due to a limited number of community mats at the various yoga studios. The studios have no affiliation to Brave Yoga except to help out by donating their space and positive support so there is no need to join the studios, they are simply a space for us to meet. There will be a consent form to sign that is for me.
The yoga utilizes basic grounding poses, simple meditation, and basic breath work to reconnect us to our bodies and help our nervous system find a safe home base.
After the yoga session there will be a short break. You can leave or stay for tea and group talk afterwards. For discussions, we stick with the theme of moving forward. This means no time to talk about our personal past stories, but to ask questions and share tools and tips to help each other move forward in our daily lives.
Being personally diagnosed with PTSD, I started this group because I saw what yoga has done for me and I want to share that. I have my 500 Registered YogaTeacher Training certificate, teach at a few studios, and privately with some other trauma based populations. Some of my personal influences are; Bhagavad Gita a New Translation by Stephen Mitchell, The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali translated by Sri Swami Satchidananda. Some recommended reading for dealing with PTSD; The Body Keeps Score by Dr. Bessel Van Der Kolk and Waking the Tiger by Peter Levine.
If you know of someone who may benefit from my help please spread the word. Also, if you do not want to wait till the next group or a group environment is not your "thing" please reach out to schedule a private session with me. Rates vary on a few conditions.