Noticing how the body is feeling and making choices based on these sensations has a profound effect on the mind-body connection – on a person’s very sense of self. Through the movement and breath of yoga, we explore with trauma-exposed persons whatever comes up – joy, pain, fear, relief, anxiety, boundaries of self, different ways of experiencing past trauma, and what it’s like to embrace agency of one’s own body.
Public trauma-informed yoga
We believe that every person has a right to access mind-body education and practices. This is why we offer free trauma-informed Yoga for Resilience classes in New York City. We’ve partnered with studios in Brooklyn and Manhattan and are always looking for new places to host our series.
*Our next series will begin fall 2019. Sign up for our mailing list below to be the first to know when registration opens.
working with teen mothers
In partnership with the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) and Lutheran Social Services of NY (LSSNY) we offered a 12-week TIY series for teenage mothers living at a group home. Both staff and teens (and sometimes the kiddos!) joined teacher Emily Pantalone to explore movement and mindfulness practices intended to inspire self-care.
aiding aid workers
Sometimes people who serve others are those who can use the most support themselves. Both the direct and vicarious effects of trauma can result in mental health challenges and burnout among aid workers. This is why co-founder (and aid worker herself) Samara Andrade has offered a free weekly trauma-informed yoga classes for aid workers, veterans, and peace builders at the UN in NYC and Afghanistan.
serving survivors of domestic violence
It is common for those who have experienced domestic or sexual violence to feel disconnected from their own bodies. As survivors, we may have difficulty making choices for ourselves, especially if we are manipulated by an abuser to believe that we are unworthy, unintelligent, or incapable. This is why taking agency of the body, mind, and self through the breath and movement of yoga can be a profoundly healing recovery of self.