Gentle Yoga For Traumatic & Stressful Times

No words can accurately convey how we feel about the violence in America the world right now. We all agree that something is not working, and something needs to be done. But we can’t seem to agree on what.

It’s a helpless feeling, an angry one. It plays the nerves and emotions like an over-tuned guitar, strings shrieking, ready to snap.

Taking action is one of the best antidotes to crisis and trauma, but feeling exhausted by it all might make action seem unapproachable. Instead, we need to be gentle with ourselves. We need to learn to care for our own needs and relieve the bound up physical tension and stress we carry in our bodies.

That’s the gist of this yoga practice. A sweet and soft way of leaning into the support of yoga may not solve our bipartisan problems or our racial, sexual orientation and gender imbalances (still?! really???), but it will help us cope with how we feel about it.

Duration: 80 minutes

Level: All levels

Props: Optional sandbag (bolster or stack of blankets can be used as weight instead)

Editor’s Note: This podcast was recorded the week after the senseless shootings of Alton Sterling & Philando Castile and five Dallas police officers: Michael Smith, Lorne Ahrens, Michael Krol, Patrick Zamarripa and Brent Thompson.