Trauma Informed Yoga Therapy
Restorative Yoga + Reiki
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We hold strong healing powers in our bodies. The parasympathetic nervous system, also called the "rest and digest" system, is powerfully activated through the practice of restorative yoga and the energy healing modality of Reiki.
In this practice, Alexi will guide long holds in deeply relaxing, meditative yoga postures, while offering Reiki healing to each individual in turn. This energy healing will gently approach the stuck energy, pain points or attachments that weigh our energy bodies down, and invite what is no longer needed to release. Activating the body's natural healing system in this way means that the healing continues long after you get out of the pose or end your practice.
This practice will also be trauma-informed, working gently and with many options to adapt as needed.
You can expect to feel relaxed and uplifted, and ready for a great night's sleep.
Join Alexi Neal, a Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist specializing in trauma and PTSD, for this series of trauma-informed yoga therapy and meditation classes. In this process, you will learn to engage your body with the profound awareness, acceptance and choice that allows trauma to transform.
Trauma takes many forms, but often has similar impacts on our lives. Our bodies hold our traumatic memories, creating patterns that play out over and over in our lives and relationships. At the heart of these patterns is the role of the nervous system, the automatic way our bodies respond to the world around us. Whatever your experience, you can enter this space knowing that you will be held in your process, validated, and encouraged to step into your own authentic wisdom. Yoga has been proven to assist in the unravelling of these patterns, especially when attention is paid to how movement and breath interact with the nervous system.
Alexi specializes in working with trauma through the lens of empowerment and acceptance. These patterns and symptoms are not flaws, but rather the coping mechanisms you needed to survive. Now, you have all the wisdom, knowledge and tools needed to thrive. This series will provide a process to allow you to connect, in an embodied, authentic way, with that wisdom. In the course of this connection, as we move our bodies with curiosity and acceptance, our nervous system is given permission to settle, allowing our innate healing potential to activate.
Each week, we will work with a theme that allows us to connect with a different facet of this process. These themes build on each other, providing you with a complete process of embodied transformation that can be engaged again and again throughout our lives. While the themes connect with the universal experiences of self-connection and transforming trauma, they express themselves in unique ways for each one of us.
With these themes in mind, we will move our bodies, with breath and awareness, seeking out edges - the places of just enough discomfort, a safe space of curiosity. This is where our brains and nervous systems have the opportunity to shift. This is also where we have the opportunity to discover our own inner knowing.
We will end each session with meditation - starting with a short period of time and lengthening as the course progresses. As our ability to hold all of ourselves with love and compassion increases, this meditative space can become a sanctuary as well as a mirror.
Each week you will be given journal prompts, a recorded practice to use in between sessions, as well as access to a closed Facebook group to share experiences and support each other.
No yoga or meditation experience is needed to benefit fully from this process.
Please note that this is a closed group, which means that we will allow no new participants to join once we have begun. This helps ensure a safe, comfortable space for all. Commitment to all sessions is necessary.
Individual Yoga Therapy work is appropriate for survivors who are just beginning to tap into their bodies, that would like more focused and personalized support to unravel their stored trauma, or who feel nervous and tender about starting the embodiment process.
In an individual session, you can expect gentle, step-by-step guidance, as well as the opportunity to dialogue throughout the session. This supports deeper awareness and connection to your body, and therefore, to your authentic, healing Self.
Fee: $130 for a 60 minute session
4 Week Online
Women's Trauma Sensitive Yoga Foundations Class
Thursdays, 6:30pm- 8:00pm
10/29/20 through 11/19/20
Cost for 4 week group: $100
Includes extra class recordings to continue your practice at home between sessions.
All abilities welcome. No yoga experience needed.
Class will be closed to new participants to ensure a safe, bonding experience for all.