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What if the true art of healing isn’t in fixing broken things but in holding a space or vibration in thought that is so attuned to wholeness, that whatever enters that field of awareness is restored.

Healing through movement and breathwork is an opportunity the LSAS team offers the community and clients. Trauma-Informed Yoga considers the impacts of trauma on the body and how those who have been impacted can feel detached, unaware, and struggle with disconnection. This program provides a safe and comforting space to be present in the body, engage with mindful practices, and learn ways to reclaim their bodies.

The Mindfully Moving program can be offered as individual or group sessions for all ages and genders. The program is consistently rooted in self-awareness, self-acceptance, and self-compassion. Sessions are offered by trained Yoga Teachers who specialize in trauma-informed and client-centered practices. A client-centered practice means that each client chooses their healing journey, especially with it comes to body movement. Your teacher will offer a variety of movement ideas, modifications, and yoga throughout your sessions. Some sessions may include a yoga nidra, which is like a yoga sleep, or gentle movements paired with breath. Yoga is for every body and our trained teachers will ensure that you feel safe, comfortable, and accepted.

Those who attend sessions may gain the following:

Peace and healing through yoga practices
Establish connections to self and others, while building trust and strengthening relationships
Learn and build skills for coping and managing experiences
Regain power and control through mindfulness, movements, and body connection
Exercise the choices they have in body movement and in ways they feel comfortable
Discover and establish safety and stability in the body
Connect with community and peers

Yoga provides a safe and transitional practice to explore healing in the body. At times, trauma can become stuck in the body and manifest in a variety of ways. Learning movement and breathing techniques can provide a sense of control and ownership over the body while releasing some of the trauma and response that might be deeply held.

Individual and Group Sessions may incorporate

a variety of themes and modalities to enhance the experience.

These may or may include the following and are always up for suggestion when case-planning a client’s care:

Positive Affirmations
Art Integration

Benefits of a yoga practice:

  • Empowerment
  • Increase Self-Esteem
  • Increased confidence
  • Health and wellness
  • Self-care strategies
  • Strength and stability
  • Increased knowledge of boundaries
  • Body awareness
  • Deepen trust
  • Reduce PTSD symptoms
  • Recognition of choices
  • Ability to me more expressive

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Cassidy, RYT

Since 2010, Cassidy has been working with survivors of sexual trauma, domestic violence, and addictions. Specific training includes Trauma Informed Yoga Training, Non-Violent Intervention, Non-Suicidal Self-Injury, Children with Sexual Behaviours, Art Integration plus skills in assessment and triage, professionalism, mental health first aid and cultural awareness. Cassidy has a particular passion for Yoga Nidra in regards to healing through movement and mindfulness.

In 2017, she was trained in YogaKids Level 1 and traveled to Smokey Mountain, Tennessee to deepen her practice, completing her 200HR Yoga Teacher Training. Since then, she has continued to expand her practice, skillset, and passion for the journey through gaining certificates in Yoga Nidra and Restorative Yoga Training. Due the nature of her work and the internal inspiration to help people heal from trauma through movement, Cassidy also gained knowledge and courses through Transcending Sexual Violence through Yoga in California and Trauma Sensitive Yoga Foundational Training in Vancouver. See the following links for further information on yoga specific training.

Heather, RYT

Heather has supported those impacted by sexual trauma since 2009 from frontline crisis work, long-term counselling, and program development. Inspired by Cassidy and wanting to not only deepen her own yoga practice, but find health, wellness, and self-care through yoga, Heather registered for a local 200HR Yoga Teacher Training through Oasis Hot Yoga and Spin Studio. In 2017, she graduated with her 200HR YTT and added mindful based practices and movement as healing modalities for herself, family, and LSAS clients. She supports the Mindfully Moving Program and connects with breathwork, experiencing sensations in the body, and releasing movements.

Initially, Heather did not have plans to teach yoga but found an energy to do so part-time. She continued to expand her education, understanding that yoga is an ongoing journey. She has completed a certificate in Transcending Sexual Violence Through Yoga and 25HR in Restorative Yoga Training. Restorative Yoga is a beautiful practice for healing the mind, heart, and body, allowing time for rest and digest.