"What I have gained in the few sessions we have had is a desire to reconnect with myself and my inner being. I so appreciate the love and kindness that you demonstrate during class. It is invaluable. I thank you whole heartedly for your compassion as well as your generosity."~Trauma-Informed Yoga participant
With a specialization in Trauma-Informed Yoga, training by Zabie Yamasaki, as well as 20 Hours of Training in Trauma Sensitive Yoga with the Center for Trauma and Embodiment, and 14 hours of training withe the Prison Yoga Project, Colleen strives to create a safe, inclusive space through empowering language, invitation of choices, and no physical assists. She weaves themes, philosophy and affirmations throughout the movement and breath practice. No matter what trauma you have experienced, Trauma-Informed Yoga will teach you how to self-regulate, rediscover your breath, and make choices as you reclaim your true self. Colleen works to create an environment that will empower you to practice yoga in the manner that will most nourish your mind, body, and spirit.
Colleen teaches a Trauma-Informed Yoga Program for undergraduate and graduated students who have experienced any kind of trauma at Saint Louis University in partnership with SLU Campus Recreation and Wellness.
During the 2018-2019 school year, Colleen taught a Trauma-Informed Yoga Program for students who had experienced sexual trauma at Washington University in St. Louis in partnership with the RSVP Center & Sumers Recreation Center.
In addition, she teaches trauma-informed yoga classes for the community, which are open to anyone, whether they have experienced trauma or not, at Empowered Spaces.
Colleen also hosts private Trauma-Informed Yoga workshops and Self-Care workshops to various groups in St. Louis, including S.A.F.E. Alternative, Kids In The Middle, Pedal the Cause, Family Court of St. Louis County, and Got Your Six PTSD Support Dogs.
CLICK THIS LINK TO LEARN ABOUT COLLEEN'S UPCOMING TRAUMA-INFORMED YOGA SERIES AT EMPOWERED SPACES BEGINNING SEPTEMBER 10, 2019! 7-Week Trauma- Informed Yoga Series for Survivors of Sexual Trauma
For more information on how to collaborate with Colleen to bring Trauma-Informed Yoga to your clients, please reach out to Colleen at 314.952.0187 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Trauma-Informed Yoga is an empowering yoga practice that prioritizes the lived experience and healing of a survivor." (Zabie Yamasaki) A safe space is created through empowerment-based language, integration of choices, and the absence of physical assists. Trauma-Informed Yoga can help survivors find union between disconnected and challenging aspects of the self, allowing participants to slowly build the pieces into an integrated whole - uncovering layers of pain to get to the core of who they have always been. It provides a venue for survivors to become acquainted with and reclaim their bodies, helps them become grounded in the present moment, and allows them to explore the benefits of mindfulness as they flow breath-to-movement in guided trauma-informed practice and meditation.
Classes explore the deeper meaning behind strength and pain, and allow survivors to build community in a safe, supported, and peaceful environment.
It is proven that trauma lives in the body which is why body-based treatments like yoga can be effective in reducing symptomology. A three year NIH funded yoga and trauma study found that participation in trauma-informed gentle yoga leads to a significant reduction in symptoms of PTSD-including fewer intrusive thoughts and less dissociation from the body. There are many incredible benefits to a trauma informed practice that survivors have shared including but not limited to: feelings of safety and strength, development of positive coping methods, a development of a strong sense of community, decreased feelings of depression, stress, and anxiety, strengthened self-esteem, and the feeling of empowerment to seek other resources such as counseling and medical support.
Resource: Zabie Yamasaki, M.Ed, RYT, Founder, Transcending Sexual Trauma through Yoga, Trauma-Informed Yoga Instructor, The Breathe Network: Trauma-Informed Yoga Teacher Training Manual