Yoga and Trauma Workshop

This is a workshop for people who feel they have endured trauma and long to connect their mind and body through yoga and a talking circle. This workshop is suitable for people who have experienced trauma in the past and have already begun their healing journey. It is an opportunity to connect with people who may have had similar experiences. It is not intended to be group psychotherapy. The session will be in two parts with a facilitated talking circle and a yoga session, designed to focus on re-connection to the self, the body and other people. It is hosted by Morven Hamilton of Yoga by Nature and Janet Brandling.

  • Date: 06/23/2019 10:00 AM - 03/23/2019 01:00 PM
  • Location: Victory Hall, Uphill Village, Westfield Rd, Uphill BS23 4XG (Map)

Price: £35


This workshop is hosted by yoga teacher Morven Hamilton from Yoga by Nature and Janet Brandling Counsellor/ Psychotherapist at Hut Therapy.

Morven and Janet believe there are profound links between psyche and soma and that is essential to work with both for healing to happen after trauma.

Judith Herman (1992) has identified three stages of recovery from trauma. 

1) Safety, 

2) Remembrance and Mourning, 

3) Reconnection. 

Achieving safety is where the survivor regains and retains control over them self and their environment. Once safety is achieved can some reconstruction and transformation of the experience begin. This second stage is achieved by storytelling, which may include talking therapy to understand the meaning of events and what was irrevocably changed. This re-telling is not just about dwelling on the trauma but also celebrating the survival. Reconnection is the development of relationships with the self and others, both old and new, to provide trust in a robust support network.

Van Der Kolk (2014) advises the way to recover from trauma is to regain control over our own bodies and minds, integrating the experience as part of our history, without it continuing to dominate the present. He advises re-telling the story but only when it is safe to do so The state of alarm must be quietened and soothed. This is achieved through increased self-awareness, such as mindfulness, body practices such as QiGong, Yoga, Tai Chi, massage, but also writing and connection in survivorship and groups. 

References to useful literature are found below. These authors influence the group leaders in their understanding of trauma and recovery:

-The Body Keeps the Score, Bessel van Der Kolk, 2014

-Trauma and Recovery, Judith Herman, 1992 

-The Compassionate Mind Approach to Recovering from Trauma, D. Lee & S. James, 2012

-Waking the Tiger- Healing Trauma, Peter Levine, 1997