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.

The Audacity to Rise Again

"Get down.  You're going to fall." Mentally, I was somewhere far away, and hearing these words snapped me back into the present.  I looked across my mother's living room, to see my three year old niece crawling on a dining chair.  The look on little Cora's face with a slightly raised eyebrow said it all.  She was pretty … Continue reading The Audacity to Rise Again

Trauma-informed yoga isn’t what you think

I don't like to talk about "issues of the day" on my little space on the internet.  I write about me, because once I start writing about "you" or "them" I travel back to self-righteous indignation town.  I used to be the mayor of that place, and it wasn't pretty.   This will be one of my rare … Continue reading Trauma-informed yoga isn’t what you think

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

The Safety You Seek

During the winter, there's a lot more people poking around my apartment complex.  The landlord has a team of friendly snow removing gentlemen who shovel the stairs and plow the parking lots.   Although, I really appreciate the dudes who make my world much easier to traverse, they make me nervous.  I can hear them plodding up the … Continue reading The Safety You Seek

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