In this 6 week series class, students will be invited to explore slow, gentle yoga movements in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. It is specifically designed for those experiencing the aftermath of traumatic events in their lives.
EMBER is a 6-week mindfulness-based resilience training geared specifically toward women rebuilding their lives after experiences of trauma. Created by Michele Vinbury and Marybeth Hamilton, yoga teachers with a longstanding commitment to bringing tools of personal transformation to underserved communities, it is designed to be implemented in recovery programs, halfway houses, prison reentry programs, and therapeutic communities.
At its core, EMBER’s aim is simple: to provide tools to help women feel at home in their bodies. During the 12-week training, the curriculum builds community while developing the foundations of resilience: the capacity to bounce back from difficulty by drawing on inner reserves of calm, clarity, compassion, and courage.
How might our Trauma Sensitive class be different than other classes on our schedule?
- The teacher has experience and training in trauma sensitive yoga practices.
- The classes are designed to be predictable, and students will be told what's coming from the very beginning. Class will start and end the same way every week, letting students know what to expect.
- This is a women only class and, as a rule, there will be no physical hands-on adjustments.
- Attention will be paid to the types of props used and of the potential for feelings of vulnerability in certain yoga postures.
- The teacher will continually offer options, allowing students to practice making empowered choices, opting in or out of any portion of the class at any time.
- The sign by the classroom door displays a discrete "T.S."
If you have tried a regular, public yoga class and been uncomfortable, please consider trying again. Research has shown that yoga has proven benefits for you, and the comments from previous students in these classes bear that out.
Because strong emotions may arise and be released during and after a somatic practice like yoga, we suggest students also work with a psychologist, psychiatrist, or other mental health professional while on their healing journey.
Please check back for information on future sessions of this class.
“Yoga allows survivors to regain a sense of comfort and ease within their own shape, to process nonverbally feelings that transcend language, and to experientially cultivate gratitude towards the body, which serve as a reminder of one’s resilience (Boeder, 2012).”
Teacher: Michele Vinbury