Re-Growing Our Wings: A Yoga Workshop for People Healing from Trauma

Trauma is an injury, in relation to an event or life situation, that overwhelms the nervous system, altering the way we relate to ourselves, and the world. It is not a story that simply happened in the past; it creates an imprint of fear held in the body, creating a chronic and ongoing set of adaptive responses that continue to tax our entire systems. This imprint can show up in many ways, and may appear to be only in the mind. However, research shows us that trauma is a physical experience and is held in the body, directly affecting a person’s thinking and how they show up in the world. For healing to occur, reconnecting to our bodies, their instincts, and their resources of feeling and wisdom can be crucial.

Yoga can be a wonderful tool in the healing process. The practice of yoga can allow us to create a safe space within ourselves to reconnect the parts of us that may feel severed or lost. As this reconnection occurs, yoga can teach us to calm our nervous systems with breath, physical poses, and meditation; and to gradually undo the chronic tension, pain, and emotional and physical responses resulting from the trauma’s imprint. Yoga also teaches us that we are already whole, and that our identity is not the experiences we go through, but the self that can touch on peace, self-understanding, and joy regardless of our circumstances.

In this workshop, Jennifer Kollasch, MA, LMHC, DDMHS, will provide education about what is happening in our nervous systems, how it affects our thinking and relating to the world, and create the space for internal and interpersonal dialogue that will allow us to safely explore the practices of yoga as tools of healing. Veteran yoga teacher, Deborah King, leads yoga practices in these monthly workshops.

This workshop offers a safe place for people to learn how trauma affects the neurobiology of the body and practice daily coping resources for triggers. In order to honor the safe space we do not request, but offer the opportunity for anyone to share their story or the story of someone they know in a confidential setting. All levels of practice, and all bodies are welcome. Please bring a notebook and a pen.

Yoga for Healing Trauma takes place at 8 Limbs West Seattle (stairwell access).

WEST SEATTLE, with Deborah King and Jennifer Kollasch

Sunday, April 28, 2019, 12:30-2:30PM

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Cost:  $45 through April 23, $55 after

Cancellation Policy:  Refunds of 90% up to five days prior to workshop. No refunds allowable after that time.