What is Trauma-Informed Yoga?
I am safe.
I am loved.
I am home.
I am in my body.
Trauma Informed Yoga incorporates the practices of traditional yoga (breath, chant, meditation and mindfulness) with considered and researched attention to empowerment through client led exploration. In a a trigger sensitive environment, trauma informed yoga aims to heal the wounds of trauma through reestablishing trust with the physical and emotional Self. Trauma Informed Yoga centers on the core values of:
(Building Cultures of Care, A Guide for Sexual Assault Service Programs)
Memories of sexually violent experiences can be intrusive, which can create challenges for survivors. These memories can make it difficult for those looking to establish connection to themselves and others and learn how to trust again. The entire experience of practicing yoga can help survivors find union between disconnected and challenging aspects of the self, allowing participants to slowly build the pieces into an integrated whole…By offering multiple pathways to heal and incorporating the mind, body, and spirit into treatment, we offer survivors an opportunity to heal using their innate resources.
-Zabie Yamasaki, Transcending Sexual Trauma Through Yoga
What is Trauma-Informed Voice Care?
Traumatized people chronically feel unsafe inside their bodies: The past is alive in the form of gnawing interior discomfort. Their bodies are constantly bombarded by visceral warning signs, and, in an attempt to control these processes, they often become expert at ignoring their gut feelings and in numbing awareness of what is played out inside. They learn to hide from their selves…Neuroscience research shows that the only way we can change the way we feel is by becoming aware of our inner experience and learning to befriend what is going inside ourselves.
-Bessel van der Kolk, The Body Keeps the Score
Research tells us that trauma memory is stored in the body. These painful memories create emotional and physical blockages, including numbness, disassociation, pain, and chronic illness, which can manifest in the voice, creating a fear of authentic communication and a feeling of being silenced. The biopsychosocial effects of trauma may prevent optimal vocal function, the inability to communicate clearly, fear of speaking, performance anxiety, and even vocal injury.
Borrowing from the yogic approach, Trauma-Informed Voice Care recognizes the profound neurological, biological, psychological and social effects of trauma on the individual/voice. I am passionate about helping survivors of sexual violence, PTS/PTSD, abuse and/or prolonged illness reclaim vocal health and authenticity by providing a holistic approach to healing. I deliver compassionate, survivor-centered care by creating an environment that emphasizes the core principles of:
Embodied sound: Connecting vocal production to physical and emotional sensation
Empowerment through individual choice: A collaborative approach to voice pedagogy that prioritizes self care and invitation-based language over fixed and/or perfected vocal techniques
Establishing safety: Providing a trigger sensitive environment that holds space for both comfort and discomfort and encourages creative pathways of healing
Consistency: Building a flexible but disciplined practice that cultivates structure and healthy vocal boundaries
For more information on trauma-informed practice, supporting research, or to schedule a session, please explore the resources page or fill out a contact form.