Gentle Yoga for Emotional Release and Trauma

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If you have experienced great stress or trauma in your life then yoga can help you through the healing process. Yoga addresses the much needed body-mind connection when experiencing trauma.  

Yoga can be good for:

  • Reconnecting with the body
  • Gaining back self-control in the body and mind
  • Releasing emotions and finding peace
  • Any extreme tension in the body drops away
  • What feels good in your body not just following directions
  • Learning to listen to your body

To assist the healing process:

  • Explore Natural Breathing.
  • Come to a position on your mat, a pillow, or wherever you feel comfortable.
  • Take your hand’s palms to face down or face up. Close your eyes.
  • Inhale and exhale in a way that feels the most comfortable for you. You may keep your attention on the sensations of the breath cycle if that feels right for you.
  • Bring hands to heart, palms touching and think of a positive goal for yourself. Something to keep you motivated and keep a smile on your face. 

Clearing the Table

  • Place your feet a little bit wider than your hips on the yoga mat.
  • Swoop your arms around like clearing off a table.
  • Swayback and forth from side to side. You may feel a little silly, but this feels so good. Releasing the body in this way is great to release anger and frustration. Close eyes. Do this for about ten more breaths. Towards the end see if you can speed it up.
  • Release down into forward fold and allow the natural, in a figure-* like motion to continue. Slowly the swing motion will slow to a stop. 

Free Flowing Cat and Cow

  • Come to all fours.
  • Begin to take some cat and cow poses, however, flow through them and make some spontaneous poses and movements. For example, you can take the torso to the side, get the head involved. Aim to fully let go and do what feels good in your body. 

Jump in Table Top Pose

  • Dump the hands up and down on the mat. Keep them straight.
  • Explore off as well if you like.
  • Create a rhythmic pattern with the sounds and vibrate on the floor.


  • Lay down on your back. Take the right knee and swing it over.
  • With knee-high up parallel overhead.
  • Take it back and go to the other side. Swing the body side to side. The motion is like almost falling and then using your core to stop the motion and then swing back to the other side. 

Savasana (Corpse Pose) and Reclining Bound Angle Pose

  • Still on your back your eyes and settle the mat a deep breath to relax the body.
  • If you feel comfortable, bend knees and bring the soles of feet together. Notice how much new and fresh energy you have created in the body.
  • Remember, you deserve happiness and peace and you can heal past trauma and stress with these emotionally freeing poses.
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