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Trauma-informed yoga helps reduce symptoms of trauma. This is done by awareness, being present in the moment, and making conscious decisions about our bodies.

We are currently setting up schedules and have waiting lists for those wanting to access these programs through our Wellness Center. Please note that all fees are private pay only and the rate is $40/session/person. Current Serenity clients can call our Intake Department at 614-948-3273 or email: to get on a waiting list today!

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wellness center: trauma-informed yoga

Serenity Wellness Center

635 Park Meadow Road, Suite 107

Westerville Ohio 43081

Trauma-informed yoga is an approach to yoga that recognizes and addresses the impact of trauma on an individual's physical, mental, and emotional well-being. It involves modifying traditional yoga practices to create a safe and supportive environment for individuals who have experienced trauma. This approach is sensitive to the potential triggers and challenges that trauma survivors may face during a yoga practice.

Here are some key principles and components of trauma-informed yoga:

Safety and Trustworthiness: Emphasis is placed on creating a safe and secure space where participants feel physically and emotionally safe. Clear communication, setting boundaries, and establishing a sense of trust are crucial.

Choice and Empowerment: Participants are given choices throughout the practice, allowing them to have control over their experience. This empowers individuals to make decisions that feel comfortable and supportive for them.

Mindfulness and Body Awareness: Trauma-informed yoga often incorporates mindfulness techniques and encourages participants to develop awareness of their bodies and sensations without judgment. This helps individuals reconnect with their bodies in a positive way.

Cueing and Language: Instructors use language that is inclusive, non-coercive, and avoids triggering language. Verbal cues are clear and supportive, and adjustments are made to avoid potential triggers.

Modifications and Props: Yoga poses and sequences are modified to accommodate different levels of physical ability and comfort. The use of props is encouraged to enhance support and comfort during the practice.

Encouragement of Self-Regulation: Participants are encouraged to listen to their bodies, take breaks, and engage in self-care as needed. The focus is on building self-regulation skills to help manage stress and triggers.

Understanding the Effects of Trauma:
Instructors are trained to understand the potential impact of trauma on the nervous system and overall well-being. This knowledge helps them create practices that are supportive and avoid retraumatization.