Trauma informed yoga and trauma sensitive yoga are words I hear often these days. There is so much happening in the world, including the yoga community, to warrant this. People are affected in many ways by trauma – some survivors, some family and friends, some counselors and teachers, some employers, and some just scared of the topic or unsure of how to even begin the deep conversation to try and understand it.

When yoga found me, it began to heal past trauma in a way that nothing else had accessed.

Every experience on the mat is a self-study, a processing, and a renewal. Some days I am less gentle with myself than I need and some days I allow the actions and words of others to make me question my worthiness. Trauma comes in all forms, so the triggers can come in all forms. Those days of questioning are when I am most vulnerable to deeper healing, and they are also the days when I am grateful for the connections I have in the Pranakriya family.

Healthy connections are essential to our well-being.

I was watching a movie recently, and one of the main characters was so ashamed of their own trauma and the trauma they had caused their family that they chose to end their life. Prior to that decision, the character had found the courage to reach out to several people in an act of resolution, apology, and pure human connection. One person reacted by withdrawing without any acknowledgment and another reacted by inflicting guilt. As the movie came to a close, the person who had withdrawn said that no one was to blame except the character who took their life. What a powerful statement about the disconnection of humanity and the cycle of trauma.

I walked away from that movie reminded that we affect each other in ways that we don’t even know and we need each other to heal from personal and collective trauma. What I know for sure is that Pranakriya is not just a school of yoga. It is a family of truly caring teachers and students who want to be part of that healing. Just showing up without any judgment speaks so much louder than finding the right words.

Perhaps our greatest gift and contribution as teachers to collective healing is to be open to learn and talk about it, including our own, to support each other, to understand how our energy affects others, and know that we are in a human body and mind that want to identify with a story. I have been fortunate to have people willing to talk about it, support me through it, and never judge or lose faith in me. That takes courage on both sides.

After six years of practice, many visits to the Himalayan Institute for philosophy and meditation studies, completing a local 200 hour program, and digging into Ayurveda with Kripalu’s Dr. Rosy Mann, Pranakriya met Lori on the path. During her first module in 2015 with Jacci and Shelbi, she knew she had found her yoga tribe. She completed 300 hours with the Pranakriya School of Yoga Healing Arts in February 2018.

Lori has been teaching since 2014 and has a love of restorative yoga, meditative flow, yoga nidra and using mantra/mudra. When she isn’t on a yoga mat, Lori enjoys kirtan events, hiking, biking, kayaking, nature photography (especially interesting bugs), and supporting her local farmers. She is so grateful for the gifts of Mother Earth and yoga, and feels blessed to share her life with others through teaching.