Trauma occurs when we experience something that overwhelms our capacity to cope and leaves us feeling helpless and hopeless. It differs from person to person—what’s traumatic for me, may not be traumatic for you—and can be experienced in a variety of ways. For example, trauma can be caused by sexual violence, childhood events, ancestral/intergenerational pain, systems of oppression, accidents and more.
Each body “wears” trauma differently and while we’re really good at noticing that trauma lives in the mind, we need to remember that it also lives in the body. That means that while “talk therapy” can be really effective and helpful, none of that matters unless you’re actually moving the experience out of your body. That’s why yoga is so effective.
Those of us who have experienced trauma know what it feels like to have a body, but not be in our body. To be so afraid to feel the pain, the guilt, the shame, the anger, the rage, the sadness. To be terrified of opening up the flood gates because we might never be able to shut it down again. And I’m not going to lie… if you’ve never experienced it, Kundalini Yoga can be an intense practice. It’s designed to bring shit up…fast. It can be scary and overwhelming and it might make you feel like you can’t get out of bed for a week or two (depending on how much you need to release) AND it will change you. I promise you.
Kundalini Yoga has saved my life in a lot of different ways. It has healed parts of me that I didn’t even know needed healing and for the first time in my life, I am truly happy and at peace in my body. If you’re working through your own trauma and are curious about kundalini yoga and how it can help you heal check out the chart below.
And as a bonus, I wanted to throw in a kundalini meditation (video) for healing ancestral trauma because whether we’re conscious of it or not, we’re all carrying around some intergenerational pain.
Love, encouragement & deep appreciation,