Curious how trauma gets stored in the body and why body-based practices work?
Did you know that our “psoas” muscle is the warehouse of our fears and traumas?
Yoga for Anxiety and Stress focuses on specific psoas release exercises, breathing techniques, slower movement, guided imagery, and meditation practices to facilitate a deeper release of stress and to help release trauma stored in the body.
This workshop has developed from Isabel’s latest certification as a YogaFit for Warriors teacher. YogaFit for Warriors was created by Lt Col Shaye Molendyke, a 23 year Veteran in the US Air Force and a RYT 500 YogaFit Master Trainer. As Shaye describes, “This deeper, scientific understanding of exactly how Yoga can affect our neurological and neurochemical pathways in the body has allowed us to create a powerful yoga program, YogaFit for Warriors, to truly help those suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as well as anyone with unresolved physical or emotional traumas.
This advancement of understanding of what makes Yoga efficacious includes:
* slower mindful movement to awaken the emotional or limbic center of the mind;
* ujjayi breath focus to stimulate the vagus nerve;
* a physical focus on psoas and grounding postures to help release the high allostatic energy load of traumas stored in the body.
This combination creates the opportunity for organic healing through yoga and provides a new path forward for those suffering from not only PTSD but mood disorders such as depression and anxiety.”
Neurological research is showing that when trauma occurs, we store these memories not only in our mind, but also in our body. Many of us experience stress to some degree in our daily life, and we can often recognize the signs of stress we are carrying in our body through tension headaches, stiff neck and shoulders and sometimes accompanied by digestive upset. As a protection mechanism for the body, trauma moves deeper. Just as memories can either be surpressed or rise as flashbacks, the body stores trauma deep in the psoas muscle or hip. The psoas muscle attaches to the femur (leg bone), travels up the front of the pelvis and carries underneath the obliques (side waist) to insert into the lumbar spine. Issues with the psoas muscle can be felt either in the hip itself, it can translate to achy knees and/or ankles, or present as lower back pain.
Isabel describes this practice
as a cross between yin yoga
and restorative yoga. She calls
it “Yummy Yoga”.I
Yoga for Stress and Anxiety Workshop Series
Starts Friday April 7th for 5 weeks
11:30 am to 1pm