FORREST YOGA SUMMIT, CHICAGO AUGUST 26, 2017 [Register here: http://bit.ly/2udrXME]
Carol Horton, Ph.D., is a writer, educator, and activist working at the intersection of mindful yoga, social science, and social justice. This is part 1 of a 2 part conversation.
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What is trauma informed yoga [TIY]? How is it same and different from Forrest yoga [FY]?
A method involves a single creater [such as in Forrest]
TIY isn’t centralized, key advocates are involved, contributing;
Trauma-informed by other fields
Not just yoga modalities, bridging into social work, clinical psychology, human services, education, schools, with children, high stress community context…
Juvenile detention center
Justice system--understanding trauma, a reactive set of behavior “problems” could be better explained through physiology and context
fight/flight/freeze survival response
Cannot respond adequately to being and feeling safe
Inability to cope
TIY impacts entire body, nervous system, comfort in body, interoception, ability to perceive environment
Safety in one’s own body
Building up our own internal resources
Internal and external resources?
Orienting [in TIY] is attention paid to physical space so students can feel safe, contained sufficient to enter in personal process.
FY: sage, ceremonial, energetic setting of space.
TIY: doors, entrances/exits, seeing main door, closets, male/female arrangement for respect, hypervigilance in vets, lighting, music, mat configuration, temperature
Moment of orienting, visual, see the room as anchor for future
Tactile connection to ground
Biggest connector between FY and TIY = resource
Developing resource of accessing own internal sense of self, in body, how it changes, being present with it, allow process, energy and feelings to be worked with intentionally
28:00 biggest difference between FY and TIY
Approach style, FY= one of challenge
TIY approach = invitational
Holding a physically challenging pose has options and boundedness to the experience.
Open spaces and silences in advanced FY allows processes to occur.
TIY, more structured, guided.
Attention to language
FY words are deliberate, economically used, can come across as directive, hierarchical
TIY words are invitational: “try this”
Are you responding to choices based on becoming more sensitized in the moment
In traumatic experience, often the choice has been removed.
Reinstating the ability to choose is part of the therapeutics of TIY
Challenges were useful in the sense of accomplishment
42:00 is a sense of accomplishment even a resource that TIY attempts to achieve?
Accomplishment = life well-lived?
54:00 the structure filters information, interpretation is therefore altered by way of perceiving.
TIY structure described in individualistic terms must have wider scope to include more community-structure. Context
Larger social structures in which all these individuals are operating.
The water in which the fish swims
Awareness must extend beyond individual
Traditional studio model treats individuals
When context strongly informs behaviors, now what do you differently?
Jail example: clothing
Robert Sapolsky’s book on primate behavior
Intentional work done in same context/environment
Create expectation and cues behavior