Transforming Trauma through Yoga
Yoga can be a safe and accessible way to utilize the body – the primary site of the trauma and all that it holds within – as a powerful vehicle for transformation.
The practice of yoga allows survivors to regain a sense of comfort and ease within their own shape, to non-verbally process feelings that transcend language, and to experientially cultivate gratitude towards the body, which all serve as a reminder of their innate resilience. Bring this yoga workshop or series to your campus or community and offer survivors a safe space to discover their body as a resource for healing, to build self-trust and intuition, to identify community support and gain a variety of tangible tools that can nourish and sustain them throughout their healing process. Molly teaches from a trauma-informed lens that is grounded in empowering her students to listen and follow the teacher within.
This workshop will provide survivors with:
Practices that gently re-acquaint oneself with the body, mind and spirit
Tools to ground oneself and soothe an activated nervous system
Accessible meditation and mindfulness practices
Permission to listen to the language of the body and practice self-direction
Foundations for a yoga home-practice to utilize for ongoing self-care
During the class, Molly shares themes that connect yoga philosophy with trauma resilience theory, making philosophy and theory experiential and personalized for each survivor. The session(s) incorporate light discussion, optional physical movement, breathing exercises, meditation and optional journaling. Yoga, when taught from a trauma-informed lens offer survivors a safe space to gain greater awareness around strength, stability, assertiveness, self-acceptance, mindfulness and their own experience of embodiment. This workshop can be offered in a variety of formats - whether a single or multi-session as well the length of time can be adjusted to meet participants needs and abilities.
Molly has been studying yoga since 2000 and first began teaching in 2006. After she was sexually assaulted, she spent 3 years practicing privately with seasoned instructors who drew from various yoga methodologies, providing her with a solid foundation for her own healing and an expansive view of yoga that informs her teaching. Yoga asana, meditation and philosophy, in a variety of manifestations - whether vinyasa flow, yin yoga, hot yoga and restorative yoga, have been an integral component of her ability to manage the immediate, short-term and ongoing impacts of surviving sexual violence. She is honored to share this uniquely self-tailored practice with others on the healing journey as an opportunity to return to, or discover at last, the fullest expression of themselves.