Helping Survivors and their Families Exercise their Rights.
Helping Survivors and their Families Exercise their Rights.
This protocol will include a variety of online classes to help facilitate the healing journey for our clients. Currently, there is no comprehensive online program that allows survivors of Military Sexual Trauma (MST) to come together and address their needs in a wholistic fashion. This protocol aims to change that, as we build a national platform for Service Members and Veterans across the country.
Currently, we will be offering the following VIRTUAL classes:
Embody Living: Healing Through Yoga
As we process trauma through the mind, we also have to process it through the body. During this class, we will be using the breath as our vehicle.
After, experiencing a traumatic event, the nervous system can enter a heightened state. Using the breath as our guide, we will be inviting rest into our body so that healing can occur.
Our mind is ever flowing, and is constantly trying to keep us alert and alive even after a traumatic event has passed. Our body cannot heal in this heightened state. In this class, we will calm the mind using the breath and gentle movements. This in turn will allow healing to occur naturally throughout the body.
This gentle yoga practice is for all levels. It can be practiced on a mat on the floor, or modified while sitting in a chair.
If there is a movement that you cannot do (or do not have the limb to do so), you can still achieve the same benefit by visualizing yourself doing the movement. You do not actually have to move to benefit from this class. Movement is very nurturing for some, but for others, it is more supportive to visualize the movements.
Both methods will achieve the same results. You will be able to calm the mind and invite healing into the body by simply listening to this class.
Slow Flow w/ Integrative Rest (iRest)
This class will begin with a slow & gentle yoga movements (as described above) and will end with a scientifically proven meditation method called iRest that will calm the nervous system and invite rest throughout the body.
Richard Miller's iRest protocol is an integrative approach that heals the various unresolved issues, traumas, and wounds that are present in the body and mind. It recognizes the underlying sense of calm that is always present, even amidst all changing circumstances of life. Extensive research has shown that iRest effectively supports the healing process across a broad range of populations.
This practice can be done seated or laying down. Each participant will want to get into a comfortable position so they can listen to the instructor guide them through this gentle meditation.
Nervous System Rehabilitation for Trauma and/or Chronic Pain
When we experience a traumatic event, from an assault to a car accident, our body keeps the score. Our nervous system grows like branches of a tree, and these types of events cause these branches to get pruned.
This can cause chronic pain, create mobility restrictions, or cause generalized discomfort or performance issues.
During this class, our Structural Integrator will use very slow and deliberate movements that will allow your nervous system to recreate these maps and allow the branches to grow again. Think of this as Physical Therapy for your nervous system.
We recommend that you wear comfortable clothes, and have access to a place to sit. There will not be any dynamic movement in this class, rather our Practitioner will be teaching you how to move in such a way that it brings ease and greater mobility to areas of your body.
Our objective is for you to leave class feeling lighter, be in less pain, and have more range of motion.
Here, we will explore the healing power of dance, and how intuitive movement can be the bridge between our thoughts and our emotions.
During this class, you will discover the visceral connection between mood and movement and how you can leverage this body awareness in your day-to-day life.
The goal is for each participant to foster a deeper sense of body awareness through Afro-Caribbean dance and reflective movement experiential.
You do not need to know how to “dance” to take this class. Movements will be intuitive, gentle, and are meant to help express deep-seated emotions that may be held by your nervous system.
In partnership with Sanford Yoga & Community Center, we will be providing yoga classes via Zoom.
This is an opportunity to learn with your body and process the trauma lodged in your system. Yoga has many healing benefits, but one of the most immediate is the ability to reclaim the agency in your story. When you begin practicing a relationship between the mind and the body you find that the impossible becomes possible.
A dedicated practice can instill:
What can you expect from the classes?
So join us on this exciting partnership with a place that encourages you to breathe, heal, and be free.
If you are interested in learning more about the Sanford Yoga & Community Center and the healing opportunities they offer, please visit their website below.
60 Minutes | Nervous System Rehabilitation for Trauma and/or Chronic Pain
60 Minutes | Body Talk
75 Minutes | Slow Flow w/ Integrative Rest (iRest)
90 Minutes | Embody Living: Healing Through Yoga
The classes will be held on Zoom and cost $15. There will be scholarships available and if you need assistance email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
No. All classes are LIVE. As we grow, this is a service that we may be able to offer in the future, so stay tuned!
The classes will be held on Zoom so for starters you will get to be in the safety of your own home. This way you can create the atmosphere that is most comfortable to you! Sound or no sound, diffusers or not, lighting to your choice. And you don't have to worry about an instructor giving you a physical adjustment against your own will. The other ways the classes are Trauma Informed our through our instructors knowledge base. Each of the instructors you will have access to use Yoga and movement as a way to heal the body. They are experienced and versed in Trauma Informed language, ques, and asanas (postures) inviting you to experience your present moment.
A Trauma Informed class is safe, inclusive, and supportive to your healing journey. A Trauma Informed yoga teacher places emphasis on your comfort and safety above all else. They know you have experienced traumas that are unprocessed and create an atmosphere mitigates your triggers -- physical touch, lighting, music, tone, smells -- are either non-existent or softened. A Trauma Informed class is aimed to help you turn deeper inward, exploring sensations and feelings rather than the perfection of a pose.
You will be held with love and support to find the strength required to find your version of mobility. Talk to your instructor and let them know the challenges you are facing, what's hard, what's easy, and what feels impossible. There are endless modifications and poses that are just as beneficial as "full-expression" postures.
Space to move freely, a yoga mat that is about 4mm thick, one or two yoga blocks, and a yoga strap. If you want everything a studio offers consider a blanket and a bolster as well. BUT everything can be improvised. Blocks could be books, and a yoga strap could be a belt or other long piece of fabric. Google home remedies for yoga props and be surprised that something around your house will work.
Absolutely! Yoga offers a number of benefits to joint related pain and is excellent for managing chronic pain. Some of the benefits include: