Yoga as Healing: Trauma-Informed Yoga
Trauma-informed yoga is an empowering yoga practice that prioritizes the lived experience and healing of each survivor. Safety, trust, choice, and control are core components of the practice. Classes will have different themes, focus on various restorative postures, explore positive affirmations, and will also be coupled with guided activities including de-briefing exercises, journaling, drumming, and art.
Healing Expressed with Art, or HEART, uses painting, drawing, and collaging as methods for survivors to process and prevent the symptoms of stress and trauma. Through five sessions, survivors will create art to explore their emotions, mind, and identity. No prior experience of art is needed.
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This journaling drop-in series is specifically tailored to the needs of survivors and offers a safe space to express emotions, feelings, and thoughts. Led by one of CARE's victim advocates, participants will be invited to explore various writing themes and prompts related to healing and empowerment. Workshops are offered in a drop-in format.
Healing Rhythms is a workshop based program that allows survivors to heal through music and is led by one of CARE’s Victim Advocates. Survivors will focus on creating music to express their thoughts, feelings, and emotions, while fostering a sense of safety, support, and community. By using techniques from the Remo Heart Rhythms Program, this workshop aims to increase a sense of safety, community, and control while decreasing symptoms of stress, anxiety, PTSD, and depression. We all have music inside of us, so no prior experience is necessary. Percussion instruments will be provided, but you are always welcome to bring your own.
This one-time trauma-informed dance workshop will create an empowering and safe space for survivors to heal and express feelings through movement. Bija Bennett reminds us that our emotions often times act as a bridge between our bodies and minds, which are intimately intertwined and connected with our emotions (2002). This program will provide survivors of sexual violence a means of becoming reacquainted with their bodies and find safety within. Participants will be invited to participate in any way that feels comfortable to explore a series of movements focused on safety, empowerment, assertiveness, and strength.
Students can RSVP for any of the above 5 programs (trauma-informed yoga, drumming, art, journaling, and dance) via this link: http://www.careprogram.ucla.edu/Alternative-Healing-Yoga
The Campus Assault Resources and Education (CARE) Office is committed to all forms of healing and is deeply aware that not all survivors of sexual and gender-based violence will heal in the same way. Trauma impacts all areas of human functioning: the physical, mental, behavioral, social, and spiritual. Our new alternative healing programs create intentional forms of healing and support for survivors and include: trauma-informed yoga, drumming and music, art, journaling, and dance. These restorative programs are designed with safety, trust, choice, and control at their core and create critical opportunities for survivors to heal from their traumatic experiences. We welcome survivors of all gender identities.
Please note these programs are NOT formal therapy. We are happy to connect you to support through CARE and CAPS if you would like to meet with a CARE Advocate or a counselor. Please see below for additional support options:
If you would like to meet with a CARE Advocate, please feel free to call or e-mail to schedule an appointment:http://www.careprogram.ucla.edu/Advocacy.
If you would like to schedule an appointment at CAPS, please click here for more information:http://www.counseling.ucla.edu/.
For more information the UCLA CARE Program’s Alternative Healing Programs, please contact Zabie Yamasaki, M.Ed., Program Director, Trauma Informed Yoga Programs at firstname.lastname@example.org.