Yoga for 50+
Midlife is often a time of reassessment, self-reflection and course change. Priorities shift as we re-examine our personal and professional goals in the light of what is truly important to us. Along with the desire to remain physically fit and active, there arises an equally potent urge to find a deeper, more fulfilling purpose in our lives. Through physical poses, mindful breathing techniques and simple yet effective relaxation exercises “Yoga for 50+” offers a systematic introduction to the ancient tradition of yoga which supports and celebrates aging as an enriching experience.
The goal of restorative yoga is deep relaxation—physically, mentally and emotionally. Students use blankets, bolsters and other props which allow the body to rest without effort for 5-10 minutes per pose. Mindful breathing is an integral part of the practice. Restorative Yoga is a healing experience for those recovering from illness or injury, or anyone looking to release stress and tension.
Yoga for Depression & Anxiety
Almost everyone experiences depression and/or anxiety at some point in their life. Symptoms can include persistent sadness, feelings of hopelessness, lack of enjoyment or pleasure in activities, difficulty concentrating or making decisions, insomnia, restlessness, and more. Studies of the effect of yoga on depression and anxiety suggest that the regular practice of yoga can be useful in the reduction of these symptoms. Students will learn specific yoga forms, breathing techniques and mindfulness meditation. This class is suitable for all levels. Students with mobility concerns are welcome to use a chair.
(Please consult your therapist or health care provider before enrolling to determine whether yoga is appropriate for you at this time.)
Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY)
TCTSY is an empirically validated, adjunctive clinical treatment for complex trauma and chronic, treatment-resistant PTSD. TSY has foundations in Trauma Theory, Attachment Theory, and Neuroscience as well as Hatha Yoga practice with an emphasis on body-based yoga forms and breathing practices. According to Bessel van der Kolk, MD, considered the world’s foremost authority on trauma and the author of The Body Keeps the Score, “practicing being present is treatment for trauma.”
My classes are taught using TCTSY methodology, specifically invitational language, choice making and interoception. The purpose of Trauma Sensitive Yoga is to provide a protected space for students where they can safely experience sensation in their bodies and then decide what they want to do in response to that. Their decision and subsequent action shifts the locus of control from the teacher to where it rightly belongs—with the student.
More information may be found at: www.traumasensitiveyoga.com
Watch Jennifer Turner of the Trauma Center teaching a TCTSY session: