Yoga and Recovery: A Gateway to Compassionate Self-Care

Yoga encourages us to engage with loving kindness, listening interoceptively, recognizing and honoring our boundaries, and knowing it is safe to gently and progressively challenge our edges. We learn to see ourselves as deserving of compassion when facing challenges and difficulties—as human beings facing tender human experiences. We learn we can experience life without feeling powerless, needing to distract, engage in maladaptive coping to not feel our experiences. Continue Reading

Yoga and Recovery: The Brain and Mental Health

Yoga is like weightlifting for our brain, our brain cells develop new connections, and changes occur in brain struc­ture as well as function, resulting in improved cog­nitive skills, such as learning and memory. Yoga strengthens parts of the brain that play a crucial role in memory, attention, awareness, thought, and language. Continue Reading

Yoga and Recovery: Client-Centered Care

We MUST feel safe to explore our somatic experience and trauma, learn coping skills, face the highs and lows, and ultimately recover. So, we need people on our team who are always focused on what is best for us. Practitioners who can adapt their approach for our benefit sit with us in our resistance and hold space for working through it without attachment to the result. We need caring professionals on our court, working with us and focused on helping us reach our recovery goals. Who responsibly helps us explore our experiences as we learn to cope and self-regulate. Who understand the emotional cycles and rollercoasters of shame, pride, resistance, acceptance, love, and loathing. And sits with us when this darkness comes with compassion and helps us find our way to safety. Continue Reading

Yoga and Recovery: Defining the Journey

The truth is recovery is messy, challenging, and filled with highs and lows. I’ve learned to live in the moment while playing the long game. In other words, living in the present moment and embodying my life while giving myself time to do the work in treatment and grace when I stumble. Time to curiously explore and discover healthy coping techniques and when they help me. Which has helped me feel more confident and less overwhelmed when symptoms and challenges occur. Continue Reading

Yoga for Elemental Meridians – CE Series

Yoga for Elemental Meridians brings the wisdom of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) to our yoga practice. TCM invites us to look at the energetic or subtle body through the meridian lines. Meridians act as pathways where Qi, Prana, and blood flow, similar to the myofascia lines.  Like the myofascia, the elemental meridians function as a network, much like a complex system of waterways, that can be mapped out throughout the entire body. First, there are the main channels. Then, those channels slowly move into smaller and finer internal pathways. These channels flow from one another without disconnection. Meridians are related to Continue Reading

Stress and Trauma-Informed Care – CE Series

“70% of people have experienced at least one traumatic event in their life.” * Trauma-informed care is a strengths-based practice framework grounded in understanding and considering the pervasive nature and impact of stress and trauma. As a result, we promote an environment of recovery rather than practices that may inadvertently re-traumatize. Adopting a trauma-informed approach to your practice is not accomplished through a particular technique or checklist. In other words, it is an ongoing process that takes our constant caring awareness, attention, and sensitivity. Description This introductory course will explore the topic of stress and emotional and psychological trauma and Continue Reading