Trauma-Informed yoga is yoga directed toward specific needs of individuals. It involves:
More introspection and reflection on one's past
Controlling feelings and impulses
Connecting back to one's surroundings
Uses different poses or shifts poses slightly to be better adapted
Main goal is to avoid triggering individuals
A common practice in trauma-informed yoga is using the mat as a safe and private space. While many yoga teachers often place mats close together and guide students physically, trauma-informed yoga teachers maintain a comfortable distance to allow those participating to deal with their trauma safely. It has been said to reduce PTSD amongst women, especially those who have experienced sexual violence with their partner.