Yoga has been a new, up and coming hobby in the United States for the past 10 years. Every year Americans are learning more about the benefits that come with continuous yoga practice. Some of the claimed benefits include:
- Increased Flexibility
- Prevents Cartilage and Joint Breakdown
- Spine Protection
- Prefects Your Posture
- Boost Imunity
And the list goes on.
Recently, yoga has revealed its other healing properties to the general Western culture. Trauma Informed Yoga was created and copyrighted by the Trauma Center. When the Trauma Center decided to form this treatment, they were in completely uncharted area.
Using the model of formed by the Trauma Center in 2002, there have been many spin offs of yoga treatment. Day One is always looking for ways to provide creative and effective treatments for our clients and yoga has been one of the great additions.
Amy Battersby, LMHC,CTSC
Trauma Processing Yoga Group (TPYG) treatment has been used here at Day One for three years, along with the group’s creator Amy Battersby, and the treatment received much positive feedback from clinicians and Day One clients. Battersby, Day One’s Clinical Director, helped developed this treatment in light of coming to Day One’s clinical team. Yoga being a passion for Battersby, she was very excited about creating a trauma sensitive yoga program that could be available for a larger demographic of survivors.
Battersby and her personal yoga instructor of seven years, Elizabeth Bulter, came together to develop a program that created a space of healing through yoga in three levels. Each level pushes the participants a little further in their journey for healing. Level one yoga focuses on topics like stillness, safety, and recognizing and working through triggers. Level three focuses on topics like knowing when and how to ask for help and maybe even future relationships.
At Day One, the yoga is always co-led with a yoga instructor and a clinician. This way, when the participants want to talk something out, they have a method to get the attention of the clinician and allows for group processing with a professional informed on trauma techniques. Battersby and Butler have seen great results.
“95% of the participants have continued on to the next level.”
– Amy Battersby, Day One Clinical Director
Battersby notes that each level of the experience is very individualistic, but as the group comes together they began to become a great support for one another. The TPYG participants has even taken it upon themselves to create a Facebook group for each other as an online support group. Ninety-five percent of participants have continued to the next level, there are waiting lists for all levels, more classes in the works, and the TPYG is expanding classes for male victims of sexual assault.
Stories from TPYG are monumental, on issues many people do not think twice about. One participant proudly announced during check in that she was able to walk to the store alone. Another came to the circle, in tears of joy and personal bewonderment, that she was actually sleeping for the first time in years!
Here is a direct quote from a level one TYPG participant:
“Thank you for all this. In all the years I’ve gone through therapy, I felt I benefited most from this exploration than in all the years of talk therapy. THANK YOU ALL!”
-Female, 30’s, 6 months pregnant.
Battersby and Bulter are working together to help survivors take over their daily experience from the inside outward. Our body should be a safe place, but when your body is protecting you from trauma, the stillness of the inner mind can be our worst enemy. TYPG is teaching survivors to listen to themselves and to learn tangible coping mechanisms to work through the hard moments on a daily basis, whether through active breathing or striking a child’s pose.
Day One is excited to have innovative practices to bring healing in creative ways that are available to all who are seeking. Are you interested in Day One’s Trauma Processing Yoga Group? Visit DayOne.org to learn about upcoming classes!
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