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We’ve been traveling around New Zealand for a week now. My friend Charles emailed me yesterday: “It grieves me to know that you will have to spend time in purgatory (Catholic version) or reincarnated as something like a Dung Beetle for your present pleasures.” 🤣
For post-traumatic growth to be initiated, we all need tools to help us soothe and soften our frayed, traumatized nervous systems. Otherwise, we’ll end up relying on old, unsustainable approaches like addictive substances, behaviors, and or entrenched, dogmatic belief systems to deal with the challenges before us.
Yoga practice offers an opportunity to regularly, mindfully, chip away at the stress, fear, anxiety, and clinging to old ways that constrict us and reinforce obsolete ways and thinking and being. Yoga allow us to have the embodied experience of expansion.
Now we seem to be tentatively bootstrapping ourselves up and out of this mess – and there’s an accompanying increasing sense of agency. But as we emerge and start to survey the damage, we are beginning to witness the effect on health.
On Monday my husband’s friend Rob, invited us to go on a “nature healing walk” with him. Rob is big, burly, sweet, and jovial. He originally hails from Holland but now lives north of Auckland in the forest. He wore a single tooth earing that I never got around to asking him about. I imagine that if Elsa and Hagrid had a baby, it would’ve been Rob.
Yoga and Long Haulers By Kristine Kaoverii Weber | March 29, 2021 COMMENTSI know someone (and you probably do too) who has post-acute COVID syndrome. She recovered from COVID last spring, but now struggles with fatigue, breathing, and brain fog. She used to be an avid...
Yoga and Bodies on Fire By Kristine Kaoverii Weber | March 21, 2021 COMMENTSWhen grandma visited, grocery bags came with her. She’d spread the contents out over the kitchen counters and rifle through the cabinets to find suitable bowls and pans. Then she’d wash her...
The yoga world isn’t immune to cultural pathology. I started teaching in 1995, and by the early 2000s the vibe was that if you weren’t teaching the fast sweaty stuff, with great playlists and great choreography, you’d be slapped with a “beginner” or “gentle” teacher label. Definitely second class. No good times slots, not much interest or respect, not many students.
I think about long days of practice and learning and how much fun it would be to be with people again – either as a teacher or a student.
Sometimes my fantasy ends there, other times it gets more elaborate.
Moving to a new country has got me thinking a lot about contentment and tolerance. I’m used to having a two-sink kitchen sink, but here I only have one, I’m used to having a clothes dryer, here I have a line, I’m used to calling my mom whenever I want, here I have to think about the time difference, I’m used to playing my guitar, but currently it’s vacationing (with most of my other worldly possessions) on a ship in the middle of the pacific.
In this workshop participants will learn basic yoga practices to improve the symptoms of trauma, including brief interventions for self-soothing and grounding, and longer terms strategies for befriending the body, calming the nervous system, and moving toward self-regulation, healing, and empowerment.
Because of the risk of opioid abuse, addiction, and diversion in the treatment of chronic pain, a broad and integrated approach is essential. Chronic pain is best understood as a psychophysiological behavior pattern that eschews separation into distinct, independent psychosocial and physical components. An approach to chronic pain that incorporates evidence based somatic/cognitive interventions, such as yoga, can help clients reduce stress, control pain, and use less medication.
A growing body of research demonstrates the efficacy of yoga for mental health including many positive neurobiologic benefits. In this one day workshop, participants will learn how to guide clients through several safe, effective, yoga-based interventions which can provide clients and staff with tools for self-regulation, grounding, and empowerment.
Research and skills to support the application of yoga across the spectrum of behavioral health care (treatment, aftercare, prevention and health promotion) will be presented. Participants will learn how to implement accessible Subtle® Yoga techniques including postures, breathing, and meditation. Case studies on incorporating yoga into behavioral health will provide details on the practicalities of integration.
Yoga offers a holistically oriented, cost-effective approach that complements current treatment strategies for mental health and substance use disorders. Murali Doraiswamy, a Duke University researcher who conducted a systematic review of yoga for neuropsychiatric disorders concluded, “The search for improved treatments, including non-drug based, to meet the holistic needs of patients is of paramount importance.