In 2013 Mairead embarked on three year training in Somatic Experiencing (SE). ...SE is a body-based approach to working with the effects of trauma and accumulated stress. Since then she has found herself immersed in the fascinating world of ‘the new traumatology’. The dramatic advances in neuroscience over the last decade have led to many ground-breaking new insights into how the mind and brain process trauma, how nervous system dysregulation underlies most of the symptoms of trauma / stress, and how working with the body is an essential part of recovery.
It is hardly surprising that Yoga is held in high regard by those at the forefront of trauma recovery programmes - what better way to restore nervous system regulation?
However not all approaches to yoga are equal - in fact some styles of practice may actually trigger and exacerbate the suffering experienced by survivors of trauma. Hence the emergence of the specialty of ‘trauma-sensitive’ or ‘trauma-informed’ yoga – finding ways in which the vast healing potential of yoga can be tapped into, with minimal risk of doing further harm to those still vulnerable from the effects of trauma or accumulated stress.
The Fellowship is delighted that Mairead will share this insight and ‘new’ wisdom with us on what promises to be a truly unique day at Dromantine. The day will include plenty of practice (beginning, middle and end of the day); information on how trauma and accumulated stress effect the brain and nervous system and how yoga effects the brain and nervous system; how trauma/stress impair our capacity to live in the present moment, to attend to body sensations, to enjoy simple pleasure, to connect with one another and how yoga can help restore each of these; some principles of ‘trauma-sensitive’ yoga and all with a lovely hot lunch and in wonderful surroundings!