Trauma Informed Yoga

    The term trauma-sensitive yoga was coined by David Emerson, E-RYT, founder and director of yoga services at the Trauma Center at the Justice Resource Institute in Brookline, MA. This type of therapy uses yoga as an adjunctive treatment within a clinical context. Experts in the field of trauma, such as Bessel van der Kolk, MD, have promoted and researched the use of trauma informed yoga to help clients access and regain regulation of the body, reduce anxiety and rumination, and improve a body acceptance and awareness.

    Contrasted with other modalities of trauma treatment, Yoga Informed Trauma Therapy does not aim to target emotions or access traumatic memory. Instead, the goal of this modality of treatment with client is to enhance a sense of body awareness: for clients to notice what is occurring inside of their bodies and discharge fear, anxiety, tension, and unwanted arousal, and to expand the window of tolerance related to body sensations. In the field of trauma, there is a growing awareness and research surrounding the impact of trauma on the body and mind. As the traumatized body reacts with either dampening or moving into arousal, avoidance or hypervigilance, despite the presence of current trauma, individuals begin to experience difficulties with self-soothing, often resorting to harmful coping tools to alleviate their distress. Trauma informed or trauma-sensitive yoga allows clients to quiet their minds and self-regulate their bodies, which in turn, allows them to better regulate their emotions.

    As a trauma therapist, I draw on various modalities of treatment in my work with clients, including mind-body approaches. Talk therapy as a stand-alone model has demonstrated limitations in the successful treatment and resolution of trauma. EMDR is one approach to trauma treatment which incorporates the body by targeting memories and reconsolidating memoires through bilateral eye movements or tappers. Yoga has also become a modality of treatment for trauma in psychotherapy, including Trauma Informed Yoga or Trauma Sensitive Yoga. After observing the benefits of my own yoga practice on my well-being, I began my journey of training to become a Registered Yoga Teacher and pursue certification in Trauma Informed Yoga. I am currently a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) with Yoga Alliance, and am currently enrolled in the following certification courses: Trauma Informed Yoga, Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Yoga for Mental Health and Body Image, iRest Yoga Nidra Meditation Level 1 Teacher Training, and an additional 300 Hour Yoga Teacher Training. In addition, I have completed level one and two of Trauma Informed Yoga Therapy with the Sundara Academy, and am currently entering Level Three of their program for clinicians, which will allow me to become at TIYT Clinical Facilitator for the Overcome Program.

    My Qualifications

    • Licensed MFT
    • MFC #47955
    • Certified Eating Disorder Specialist
    • Certified Eating Disorder Specialist Supervisor
    Certified EMDR Therapist
    • Tri Lingual Capabilities
    • 15+ Years of Experience
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    My Office

    Inland Empire
    219 N. Indian Hill Blvd. Suite 201
    Claremont CA 91711

    Phone: (562) 281-7752