Yoga tells us that to change the mind, we must do something to or with the body. Some part of you knows this already. Do you go for a run to clear your mind? Take a shower to shake off a long day? Drink a cold beverage and instantly feel better? A yoga class can also do this for us.
Yoga for Calm classes are intentionally designed to target nervous system fatigue and elicit your “rest and digest” response. In this state, you move away from “fight or flight” and into a state where a sense of calm permeates your entire body. Classes are for the days when demands on your energy, your skill, and your time have been high, and all you’re craving is time in the quiet to be alone and nurture yourself.
Sometimes what’s called for is moving your body before yoga. Think about a soda bottle that has been shaken up. The bubbles (a.k.a. the energy) has to be released before the liquid settles back down again. If you’re feeling a lot of physical activation, go for a run or hit the gym to release the pent-up energy, then deeply decompress with a restorative yoga sequence. Some of the classes offered do begin with more movement for just that reason. It can be hard to go from 60 to 0 some days and moving more can help ease the transition to calm. Just as you can’t pull your car into the garage going 70 mph, it can be hard to move into a state of calming without downshifting first.
Yoga for Calm is different than power yoga. Power yoga demands an enormous amount of energy from the body and revs up the nervous system. Power classes are fast and normally not for beginners. Yoga for Calm has one goal: to help you feel a state change in your body-mind system on the days you need to relax. If your day has already been full of adrenaline and anxiety, feeling overworked and overwhelmed, you don’t want to add more of that heightened energy to your system. Calm classes are slower paced and great for anyone looking for yoga for beginners but also wonderful for experienced yogis who want to settle in and rest.
As you moving to a more settled state internally, your body will come back to its natural balance called homeostasis. It’s in homeostasis that all organs and systems begin to work optimally. It’s here where resilience is built. Emotionally, this place of calm is where you open to trust that all is well, and all will be well.
Trauma-sensitive yoga is intended to support your path to wholeness, not to replace any current therapies. Because of the way trauma-informed yoga helps you find what’s called “embodiment,” or a sense home and safety in your body, think of it as one important piece to your healing pie.
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Trauma-informed yoga addresses nervous system dysregulation. Simply put, dysregulation makes you feel emotional, moody, and low after a stressful event. Classes guide you back into a place of regulation or feeling better in your mind-body system. Mindfulness exercises are threaded through the lessons to enhance self-regulation. Instead of carving out the time, money, and energy to find a yoga studio, practice yoga at home on your own — at any time.