We’re pleased to offer trauma-focused yoga in Birmingham as a therapeutic compliment to our counseling services. Trauma Focused Yoga (T-FY) is a clinical intervention designed for clients with a history of complex trauma or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Insight's specially adapted hatha style yoga class will help you to restore the connection of mind and body, build empowerment, cultivate a positive relationship to your body, reestablish trust, and lower anxiety and stress.
Healing through Yoga
In this hatha style yoga class, participants engage in hatha style yoga with mindfulness, deep breathing, and a series of physical forms and movements. However, elements of traditional hatha yoga are modified to build trauma survivors’ experiences of empowerment and cultivate a more positive relationship to one’s body:
- Presents opportunities for participants to be in charge of themselves based on a felt sense of their own body (rather than using physical hands-on adjustments to influence participant form)
- Emphasizes the experience (rather than appearance or doing the physical forms and movements right)
By focusing on the felt sense of body to inform choice-making, TF-Y allows participants to restore their connection of mind and body and cultivate a sense of agency that is often compromised as a result of trauma.
Yoga Instructor, Melissa Scott
Melissa Scott is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Registered Yoga Teacher who specialized in working with clients with eating disorders, anxiety, and trauma backgrounds. She graduated with honors from UAB and has diverse clinical experience in private practice, higher education, and treatment center settings.
She uses a client-centered, mindfulness-based approach to help clients move towards overall health and wellness.
How to begin Insight therapeutic yoga
When you call Insight, the phone will be answered by a trained intake therapist who will answer any questions you may have about therapeutic yoga and our other counseling services, and help guide you in a therapy plan that's right for you. We're here to help.