2018 was a tough and transformational year: I finally sought help to address my complex PTSD, the result of a string of abusive relationships and sexual assaults. My healing pathways included partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient programming, medicinal interventions, and weekly talk therapy. But something was missing: None of these treatments addressed the disconnect I felt—as so many survivors of violence do—between my mind and body.
My body is both the site of my deepest suffering and the most powerful tool for my recovery. Recovery from trauma requires getting back inside our bodies. Loving our bodies. Reclaiming our bodies. So I am asking for your help to reclaim my body and help others to do the same.
I am planning to start the New Year with a new commitment to my yoga practice, PTSD recovery, and service as a registered yoga teacher. In 2019, I will complete a 20-hour training program in Trauma Sensitive Yoga, an evidence-based practice and integrative healing modality for complex trauma and complex Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, developed by the Center for Trauma and Embodiment at the Justice Resource Institute in Boston. By completing this training program, I will deepen and pass on my knowledge of yoga as embodied healing.
My long-term goal is to complete the 300-hour TCTSY certification program and partner with women and LGBTQ+ youth shelters in New England to offer free trauma sensitive yoga to survivors of violence, as a complementary therapy open to all, regardless of age, identity, or ability. I am asking for enough funds to cover the cost of the training, transportation, and accommodation and daily expenses in Tacoma, Washington for the duration of the program. This may not seem like much, and you’re probably wondering why I don’t just toss it on a credit card. Well, asking for help is part of this journey. Crowdfunding means asking for help. Leaning on a community of friends, family, and strangers from which we survivors often isolate when our trauma symptoms overwhelm us. This is also a way to share my story with you—to shine a light on the therapeutic journey of a trauma sensitive yoga practice. By sharing my story, I reject the shame that so often accompanies sexual violence, intimate partner violence, and mental illness. And I hope that other people—friends and strangers—who are currently suffering will be compelled to take their first steps toward recovery. I am deeply grateful for your support—financial, emotional, and spiritual.
To learn more and to donate, visit https://www.gofundme.com/trauma-sensitive-yoga-training-fund