Yoga as Healing offers a safe space for survivors to explore
reconnection to the self through mind, body, and spirit. Survivors
of sexual violence may experience a myriad of challenges including
how to stay present and create a sense of safety within one's self.
Yoga, with a focus on self-acceptance, can provide survivors a
means to reclaim their bodies and become grounded in the present
moment as they flow breath to movement in a guided yoga
This six-week series is for self-identifying womxn who are survivors of sexual violence. This series will provide the opportunity for survivors to incorporate yoga as a way to reconnect with themselves in their healing journey. Each week will have a different theme that incorporates guided journaling activities and a yoga practice.
*Please note this is not group therapy. Access to your own therapist, mental health professional or a support system is highly recommended while participating in this six-week series.
What to Expect
+Weekly themes to support healing through your yoga practice
+Journaling and exploring positive affirmations
+A safe space to reconnect with yourself and other survivors
+No hands-on assists
+Explore the benefits of mindfulness to help become grounded in the present moment
+Supportive and guided yoga practice
+Establish safety and stability in your body
This series will be led by Vanessa Barrios Judge. Vanessa has facilitated the Yoga as Healing program for survivors of trauma at the East Los Angeles Women’s Center and at the USC campus in Los Angeles. She has completed the Transcending Sexual Trauma Through Yoga teacher training in 2017 and the Trauma Center Trauma-Sensitive 20-hour teacher training in 2020. Vanessa is also pursuing her Master's in Social Work (MSW) at the University of Washington in Seattle.
We are how we move! Sedentary lifestyle and the new standard
American posture (think hunched over a computer, phone, or steering
wheel for hours on end) are impacting health and mobility.
Potential symptoms include chronic tension in the back and
shoulders, pain in the hips and hamstrings, and even chronic pain
in the wrists from computer or phone use. Can you relate?!
This six-week series combines the embodiment of yoga with the practicality of functional movement, which translates into more ease in everyday life. Combining these approaches will encourage mobility, longevity, and sustainability in your body and help foster the creation of a movement rich lifestyle.
What to Expect
+Clinical discussion on anatomy, yoga and functional movement.
+Movement practice inside Tacoma Nature Center's auditorium.
+Movement practice outside along the trails, wild weather may be included!
+Learn how to creatively use yoga to create a sustainable movement practice.
+Explore the difference between exercise and movement and why the distinction is important.
+Discover the synergy of strength, flexibility and mobility.
+Take yoga and functional movement off the mat and into real life - especially out into nature!
What to bring
+Mat - we have extras to borrow
+Shoes appropriate for outdoor activity, though bare feet are welcomed and encouraged
+Any props you'd like