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Trauma-informed Yoga


Trauma-informed Yoga is a didactic approach, an inner posture the facilitator needs to develop rather than „a different kind of Yoga practice“.


Trauma may happen in all kinds of overwhelming situations that make us feel helpless, powerless, exposed to threat without the option to escape, hide or protect ourselves. Trauma happens in the moment when we loose trust in the world, when our believe that we will be taken care of and supported is getting compromised. This is the case in interrelational trauma, meaning mental/emotional wounds that occured in the scope of (mostly early) relationships. Not only are we „social beings“ - our brains are wired to create relationships, they are crucial for our development and wellbeing. But also, when we come to this world, we are in such a vulnerable and dependent state. As newborns/children we need the support of our caregivers in everything we do. Disruptions in these early relationships may have a profound impact on how we think about ourselves, the world, the people around us. On how safe we feel in our bodies, on how much we feel capable of regulating our feelings and taking care of ourselves when we are older. ​


Some tools used in trauma-informed Yoga are invitational language, choice, interoception (What do I feel in my body?) and agency (What do I want to do with my body?).One main aspect is the openness of the practice towards different experiences (rather than assuming that you want to feel relaxed/challenged/joyfu). Through this recognition of the individual experience of each participant (facilitator included), power inequalities can be reduced. I, as a facilitator, have no interest nor the right to tell you what to do or not to do, how the shape should look like in your body etc. Feeling overpowered is the main mechanism of Trauma. But when we are practicing together, we create the space and experience together. We are the same but not the same. Every individual has their own experience and yet we are connected through attunement to others and ourselves.​


I did my Trauma-sensitive Yoga Training (300 hrs) with The Center for Trauma and Embodiment at JRI, USA. If you want to find out more about their amazing work, feel free to check out their website.​

Trauma-informed Yoga can be an opportunity to experience...

A  safe space

A space for self-exploration

I am allowed to be with whatever comes up. I don’t have to change/do better/look differently/adapt to external expectations. I am not being controlled, overpowered, devalued (= decrease of external threat)

I can feel safe within myself, inside of my body. I can connect to what’s going on inside of me, I don’t have to suppress it or zoom out. I might find a sense of self that belongs to me, only me. I can chose what I want to to based on how I feel (= getting in contact with internal threat)

A safe relationship

I am not being left alone. I have the opportunity to life a shared experience in a community of attuned individuals. I will not be abandoned. My needs will be met (as best as possible) and not ignored (= experiencing relation to oneself and others)

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