What’s buried deep within your body?
She has the perfect house and the perfect marriage, and she’s a multi-award-winning artist; but for years Cris has had a lot of trouble sleeping and her fluctuating emotions are out of control. She asks herself, does any of the success even matter?
She knows she has a lot of “stuff” to clear out—stress, trauma, habitual ways of relating to the world—before she can find peace and truly appreciate life’s many blessings. The conventional approach to clearing away “stuff” is through talk therapy combined, maybe, with medication. The other way is to go through the body.
Whether her obstacles are the product of an abusive childhood, a bad car accident, a broken heart, or damaging relationships, working the body in a deep and deliberate way can help Cris get unstuck.
The psychiatrist Bessel van der Kolk, who wrote the New York Times bestseller, The Body Keeps the Score, maintains that trauma and excessive stress harms us through physiological changes to the body and brain, making us predisposed to everything from diabetes to heart disease, maybe even cancer. For treatment, he’s found that yoga works better than medicine because those who have experienced trauma typically feel unsafe in their bodies. A good yoga teacher, he says, first guides the traumatized person to confront physical sensations, then slowly helps him to feel comfortable in his body, and then, finally, brings him to a point where he “embodies” safety.
Click here to watch the entire 5-minute video, in which he explains that trauma is not about your thoughts; rather, it’s about your body getting stuck in unbearable physical sensations.
At the Peace Center we teach trauma-informed yoga in a setting that encourages exploration. We work from the inside out, placing little importance on the Instagram-worthiness of poses, instead encouraging practitioners to connect from deep within. Through the breath we trace the subtle patterns of prana, closely watching what arises in the present moment and noticing where things are stuck. With a consistent internally focused practice, students develop a strong sense of safety and empowerment, over time learning how to use their bodies and breath to balance their nervous systems.
Parallel to our yoga classes, we offer workshops in tension and trauma releasing exercise, TRE®, as taught by David Berceli. The method induces the body’s natural shaking mechanism and helps us let go of muscular tension. TRE® helps us get grounded, a bodily sensation people often talk about without really feeling what “grounded” means. After a few supervised sessions, TRE® can also be a powerful tool for practicing self-regulation. When tremoring is activated in a safe environment with an experienced provider, TRE® soothes the nervous system, ushers the practitioner back into a positive relationship with her body, and addresses trauma quite directly.
Do you need to clear away “stuff” so that you can feel easy and light but with feet firmly planted in the ground? If so, or even if you’re just curious, we invite you to attend classes at the Peace Center. Register below.
Weekly yoga classes
- Mon nights from 630 to 745pm
- Tue & Thu mornings (drop-ins for Mysore from 7 to 9am; we close at 10am) No class on Tue, Sep 17
- Sat mornings, led class from 10 to 1115am
P600 drop-in / P3,000 for a package of 8 classes
Next TRE® workshops
August 12, 330 to 530pm
August 26, 1030am to 1230pm
Both days are Monday holidays. Fee is by donation.
The next 8-week course in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy begins on September 13. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Coming soon! Please register below if you’d like to receive notices about classes in pranayama.
Send us a text at 0921 315 2644 if you’d like more information. Or email Liana Romulo directly.