Trauma Informed Yoga Therapy

 

 

Do you ever feel like you have been betrayed by your body? Do you feel lonely and unable to connect? Does the amount of stress you experience seem insurmountable? Have you failed to see sustainable change in your life even after years of support groups or talk-therapy?

 

At Family Support Services, we recognize the power and healing possibilities of yoga. FSS is sharing the healing power of yoga with survivors of trauma in our community through Trauma Informed Yoga Therapy (TIYT).

 

TIYT is a component of our Behavioral Health and Wellness Program, as well as an adjunctive treatment option to our sexual assault support group in the treatment of trauma and trauma based symptomology.

 

Trauma Informed Yoga Therapy has been proven to reduce the stressful effects trauma has had on the body, mind, and spirit.  This safe and gentle form of yoga promotes the ability to self-heal, self-soothe, and self-regulate, and reduces chronic anxiety and trauma related issues.  Trauma informed yoga therapy is an evidence-based program developed from modern medical research and ancient yoga techniques.

 
 Join our certified Trauma Informed Yoga teacher Cynthia Gable, LMSW for a relaxing and gentle class created to heal and empower.  No yoga experience is required to join this group.  You will never be singled out and the utmost care is given to create a safe, calm and private environment for everyone.

 

Participating in TIYT

 

Trauma Informed Yoga Therapy can be used independently, or as an adjunct to traditional counseling. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (2015), a trauma-informed approach “seeks to actively resist re-traumatization”.  In keeping with this philosophy, certified trauma informed yoga therapists are mindful of triggers to prevent retraumatization; thus, the importance of their specialty training.

 

The beauty of this therapy is that it requires no prior experience. If you’ve never done yoga or you’re a pro yogi, you’re welcome in the class. Family Support Services TIYT instructor Cynthia Gable says “if you can breathe, you can do yoga”.  The class environment, choice of positioning, and choice of words are all considered to create a safe environment for the participants. You will never be asked to do more than you’re ready to do.

 

Impact of TIYT

 

Research has found that a regular trauma-informed yoga practice effectively treats:

Depression

Anxiety

Symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress including feeling detached from the body

Eating Disorder Issues

Body Image Concerns

Physical symptoms such as chronic pain and gastrointestinal issues

Insomnia

Difficulties with emotional regulation

Difficulties with self-control

Isolation and disconnect from others

 

Class Times and Location

 

Classes are held at our main office- 1001 S. Polk Street, Amarillo on:

 

•    Mondays at 5:30pm
 •    Wednesdays at 6:15pm (Spanish-speaking)
 •    Thursdays at 5:30pm

 

 There is no charge for this class. To reserve your spot or for further details please contact:

 

 Amy Hord @ (806) 342-2512 or ahord@fss-ama.org

 

 

 

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