Working with the public can be a high-stress job at any time. But particularly during the coronavirus pandemic, frontline workers may be experiencing anxiety at levels that makes it hard to unwind after work, interact comfortably with friends and family, or even rest properly.
If you’re a first responder, social worker, healthcare professional, teacher or employed in retail, you may benefit from additional tools for managing anxiety and stress. The techniques we share are simple to learn, and easy to do on the job, in your car, or in a staff room. No yoga experience necessary.
Research shows that yoga, and other body-based practices, are extremely effective at increasing a person’s ability to self-regulate, co-regulate (share a sense of calm with others), and feel safe in their bodies. Having the ability to tune in to your body’s signals is useful far beyond a yoga session or class. Practitioners report an increased ability to manage stress and emotions in daily life, using techniques learned initially in a trauma-informed yoga class.
- Therapeutic breathing
- Grounding practices for chair and standing
- Mindfulness during daily tasks
- Understanding co-regulation
- Trauma-informed theory
- Teaching techniques to others
About Yoga Outreach
Yoga Outreach is Canada’s expert in trauma-informed yoga delivery, offering programs for adults and youth living with mental illness, addiction, poverty, violence, trauma, and imprisonment. It has been serving the community since 1996, and currently supports 12 facilities throughout BC’s Lower Mainland.
Our facilitators are highly-educated trauma and yoga therapists with extensive experience working with first responders, mental health facility staff, and survivors of trauma.
About Trauma-Informed Yoga
Trauma-informed yoga is unique in that it focuses on sensation instead of alignment or performance of forms. Participants are encouraged to adapt, or even opt out of postures, based on the needs of their own body on a particular day. Evidence shows that a choice and sensation-based practice can help survivors of trauma to regain a sense of control and safety in their bodies and lives.
Next session spring 2021!