From Interoception to Performance and Back Again: The Trauma-Sensitive Turn
The early 20th century saw a colonial and technological shift to visual media as a primary pedagogical tool, and this changed everything. Demonstration and performance quickly began to dominate the teaching of physical yoga — and the bodies doing it. Photography became a means of isolating, cataloguing and commodifying postures for mass consumption.
Every citizen of Instagram knows all about how this can feel, whether good or bad. Or — how it doesn’t feel like anything, because visual epistemology overrides interoception.
However: old ways are coming back through new (but also old) ideas. “How do these postures feel?” — is once again becoming the dominant question, along with: “Is this functional, or is it aesthetic?” and: “Can I do yoga as though no one is watching?” The trauma-sensitive movement caps it all off by asking us all to consider yoga as a means for healing and restoring internal agency. Things these days seem to be looking up — or in.
|Location||Fernwood Yoga Den Victoria|