Trauma-sensitive yoga isn’t a style.  It’s a skill set.

Around three years ago, I had just finished my first yoga class at a women's shelter in New Hampshire.  I had meticulously planned a "trauma-informed" yoga class for the women there.  I used all of my knowledge and training with the TIMBo program, plus some additions that I found helpful to me in my own … Continue reading Trauma-sensitive yoga isn’t a style.  It’s a skill set.

Your yoga teacher is mentally ill

"You will ultimately have to let go of all your self-images to be free." - Christopher Wallis Yesterday, I went for a run, and when I arrived back to my apartment my hands, arms, and legs began to shake. Exercise-induced anxiety is what they call it. Supposedly, it's fairly common. We over (or under) breathe, … Continue reading Your yoga teacher is mentally ill

When You Don’t Know How to Swim

After my gentle yoga workshop last week, I needed to dramatically change the way I taught my yoga classes at the private school.  I began class with one question. "What do you think yoga is?  This isn't a quiz.  You don't have to tell me what you think I want to hear.  I just want … Continue reading When You Don’t Know How to Swim

It Defined You

I remember sitting in my first TIMBo facilitator training pouring my heart out about my past and making the declaration, "I know that this experience doesn't define me." A trainer stopped me, "But, it DID define you.  You can't have that experience and it NOT shape you...and that's a good thing." My brain recognized this … Continue reading It Defined You

So Many Stories. Just Enough Time.

Last week, I was making coffee so that my brain could function for my 5:45 am class, and I had the thought, "I don't feel right. I can't do anything until I feel right."  My mind started to claw and concoct ways to get out of every obligation.  I gazed down at my planner, and … Continue reading So Many Stories. Just Enough Time.