On Yoga, Trauma, and Physical Assists

For anyone who experienced sexual violence, traumatic memories are embedded within our brains and bodies. The term “triggering” is when a sensation experienced by someone results in traumatic memories and feelings from the trauma rising to the surface. Physical assists during yoga class can result in triggering. Within most trauma-informed yoga classes, physical assists are not provided. However, many yoga studios - including Corepower Yoga - continue to teach physical assists to teachers in training, and provide assists in their classes. The following resource was developed following a triggering assist from a yoga instructor.

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