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You’ve had it and you’re probably still holding on to it without knowing...

You’ve had it and you’re probably still holding on to it without knowing...

When we hear the word "trauma," we often think of really intense or dark/wounded places.

The definition of trauma, though, is any experience that our nervous system can not handle. This could be anything from an actual physical injury to emotional pain and suffering or even anxiety felt from our daily activities.

We have all experienced trauma to some degree and we will continue to experience it throughout our lives

Trauma can show up in our bodies in may different ways here are some of the signs.

  • Problems knowing and describing internal states 

  • Difficulty communicating wishes and desires 

  • Sleep disturbances 

  •  Eating disorders 

  • Substance abuse 

  •  Lack of a continuous, predictable sense of self 

  • Poor sense of separateness 

  • Disturbances of body image 

  • Interpersonal difficulties, like shame and guilt

  • Difficulty attuning to other people’s emotional 

  • Hypersensitivity to physical contact 

  • Analgesia - loss of sensation of pain that results from an interruption in the nervous system pathway between sense organ and brain. Different forms of sensation (e.g. touch, temperature, and pain)  

Psychiatric Presentations 

  • Borderline Personality Disorder 

  • Dissociative Identity Disorder 

  • Negative Symptoms of 

  • Self-Injurious Behaviour (cutting 
    and burning) 

  • Disorders of Eating 

  •  Addictions. these can come up as addictions to  work, drugs, alcohol, adrenaline like going to the gym a lot

  • Body Dysmorphia 

  • Alexithymia 

  • Autism/ADHD/Aspergers 

    20018 ICD - 11 - introduction of cPTSD 

    What to do if you are suffering from trauma or have suffered trauma?

    Talk to a mental heath professional

    As well as talking to a professional you may also want to find a trauma sensitive yoga teacher.

    Things to look out for when finding a trauma sensitive yoga teacher

    • Have a chat with them over the phone or in person

    • Check out their intake form

    • See if their session involves no physical assists, is focused on noticing sensations and focused on exploring choices 

    • Explore physical shapes and movements as an opportunity to practice noticing sensations. 

    Interoception Vs dissociation 

    • See if they offer small group sessions (max 7 people) or one to one  

    • Check out

      Other Things To Try

    • Exercise

    • Write

    • Meditate

    • Start to befriend your body

    • Self care

     The thing about trauma is that it stays trapped in our bodies. As well as talking to professionals we need to mobilise it out of ourselves to live healthily. Basel Van Der Kolk and Dave Emerson have written and held extensive studies on how trauma sensitive yoga can aid with trauma impacted lives.

    In Gabor Mate’s book “When The Body Says No” clinical studies have shown a link from repressed feelings, stress and trauma to common diseases such as arthuritis, diabetes, heart disease IBS, Cancer and MS. This further underlines the body mind link.

    If you’re interested in learning more heres some books I’ve been reading recently around this subject.

    From Surviving To Thriving, Pete Walker

    The Body Keeps The Score, Basel Van Der Kolk

    Trauma Sensitive Yoga In Therapy, David Emerson

    The Pocket Guide To Poly Vagal Theory, Stephen W Porges

    When the Body Says No, Gabor Mate

    Trauma And Recovery, Judith Herman

    Waking The Tiger, Peter Levine

    If you’re wanting to reduce the stress in your life, navigate through the chaos you’re facing daily and discover how to increase your overall well-being and quality of life check out these dates…

    Saturday 20 July

    Happy Shoulders

    Strengthen & unwind your spine, neck and chest to release tension.




    Saturday 10 August

    Yoga for Anxiety & Fatigue 

    Explore sensation in your body whilst gliding through slow movements & meditation.






Lunch at Help Refugees Warehouse