Trauma-Informed Yoga

A typical yoga class is not necessarily a healing or comfortable experience for someone who has experienced trauma. Many aspects of a typical yoga class can trigger flashbacks, overwhelming emotions, and make some trauma-affected people feel unsafe or dis-empowered.

Trauma-informed yoga creates a safe and supportive space that enhances internal resilience, empowerment, body sovereignty and personal choice.  With an emphasis on orienting to the present moment, gentle curiosity, self-compassion, accessible postures, and choice/consent- a trauma-informed class is proven to be a helpful tool on one’s healing journey.

Trauma-informed yoga has been clinically proven to help reduce PTSD symptoms.

Brene Brown

As a certified Trauma-Informed Yoga Instructor (Caroline Owen & Sarah Schlote of Wavelengths Yoga, Halifax 2017) with over 13 years experience teaching yoga to diverse populations, and as a Social Service Worker student, I feel I have found my niche in adapting yoga to trauma-affected people. I am available to teach at various organisations, schools, agencies, shelters, non-profits and yoga studios. Please contact me for more information: serena.l.oakley@gmail.com

“As I often tell my students, the two most important phrases in therapy, as in yoga, are “Notice that” and “What happens next?” Once you start approaching your body with curiosity rather than with fear, everything shifts.”
― Bessel A. van der KolkThe Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma