What children and teens can expect:
The first rule of yoga instruction, like medicine, should be “do no harm.” Yoga therapy and yoga for trauma survivors is driven by compassion.
Instructors agree to adhere to the following terms of etiquette:
- Respect body and space. Physical touch and adjustments will be limited to speaking and pointing. No touch without permission. Instructors will approach students from the front and not the rear. Massages and caressing touches are restricted.
- Sensitive poses. Some poses leave students extremely vulnerable and/or cause flashbacks. Instructors will refrain from happy baby, reclined bound angle and others that leave the pelvis open upward.
- Heat/darkness. Instructors will refrain from overly heated rooms and dark rooms. Heat and darkness can cause a sense of being trapped or panic.
Resources for teens who experience triggers during class will be available. Sessions are held at The Firecracker Foundation. If you are a partner organization that provides services to youth survivors of sexual violence and are interested in offering trauma-sensitive yoga at your location, please call 517-742-7224 to learn more today!