"Take me back" 

                      Restorative yoga therapy for BAME/BIPOC womxn                       

Mondays 19.30-21.00 (GMT) Online zoom

   

                                                                                  

Yoga is harmony -"Sangati" between mind, body and heart.

Yoga is a process that takes us back to Wholeness, to harmony

We can trust in this way to counteract the influences of disintegration.

White centering puts an unproportionate strain on POC and WOC in particular. Racial trauma takes its toll tension, headaches, hyper and heart palpitations. In the long-term, it has a "weathering” effect, which increases the risk of developing  health problems.

 Womxn of colour are exponentially affected by discrimination and have less resources available to seek support, care and relief.

 This can lead to burnout, anxiety and depression.

 

It takes courageous commitment to our own wellbeing,  If we operate from an unhealed or disempowered place, we re-enact polarisations and oppressions.  More promising are the harmonious states of being that we can manifest in the compassionate process of making ourselves whole.

                                               

Click here to read more on why centering yoga spaces for womxn of colour is so needed.

Here is what I offer.

Yoga therapy sessions are different to yoga classes and gatherings. I hold space and facilitate sessions therapeutically, using my somatic empathy skills: reading cues, non verbal responses and body presentations. I tailor sessions to the needs of the group and to Woc. Online is certainly different to in person but as I work with small groups, it is possible even on a computer screen!

Yoga therapy aims to restore nervous system coordination (vata- vayu- nadi) while weeding out stifling self beliefs that have been internalised through systemic oppression. Therapeutic yoga promotes our compassionate response and righteous action.   A gentle, mindful method is the key, as stress and systemic realities create harshness and addiction to fired and wired states.

Being conscious in movement and breath allows our heart to ignite empowerment: We can listen deeply to the way our soul guides our body/mind back to balance  With commitment, time and patience, a yogic process will replace intense, numbing or cathartic coping strategies.

Please note: As these sessions are online they would not be suitable for womxn who are vulnerable or have high trauma, Unfortunately, online spaces are limited in what they can offer.   

What to expect in each session:

We use breath, movement, stillness, gesture, intention, attention and visualisation to.

Raise self- awareness: understanding our inner world: sensations, feelings, emotions, thoughts and energy as well as awareness of body parts, body movement and body alignment. 

Resource our self: connect to Prana in action and harness the intelligence of our breath and nervous system to awaken Self (Atman- Pure loving consciousness). 

Titrate: do little bits at a time and give space to integrate and make sense of what is happening.   

Cultivate our kind witness : so that we can understand and identify the shapes and patterns that tension, pain or injury form in our body/mind.  Call upon our wise inner discernment (buddhi), as the means to renegotiate change and promote balance.

Re-pattern: This is true flexibility! Explore different movements, gestures (mudras) and postures that give relief and replace negative self talk and scripts.

Keep resilient:  Holding the middle way, i.e. build skills to maintain feelings of support and capacity.  Enable re calibration and self regulation in difficult times so that we can mobilise without intensity and relax without shutting down.

Practicalities

Next course starts very soon!

Timings: 19:30 - 21:00 (GMT)  

Group is limited to 6-8  womxn   Recommended price: £15 per class

Sliding solidarity scale: £8-£25 per session.

(Bursary space at £4 per session are sometimes available, please inquire)

Please pay within your means, paying the top end supports someone else to attend. 

For more info contact Sophia Ayesha....e mail. sofya@sofya.co.uk 

For more information on what yoga therapy is. Please click here.

My experience:

I have experience of working with stress, anxiety and depression, injury and pain, burn out & fatigue, post operation care, cancer recovery support, muscular-skeletal aches and pains, shoulder/neck problems and frozen shoulder, arthritis, CFS or ME, fibromyalgia, dissociative seizures, trauma, sexual assault/violence, intergenerational trauma, race based traumatic stress, diaspora-identity and refugee issues, invasive medical procedures, pregnancy and birth support, fertility & conception assistance,  menopause/ menstrual challenges, pelvic floor issues such as irritable bladder and prolapse, hysterectomy, post abortion, post miscarriage, post still birth recovery and postnatal/post partum support. 

I have 25 years experience working with individuals and groups in a therapeutic embodied manner. I align to tantric -Sufi lineages which are marginalised yogic traditions in South Asia.  I have furthered my professional understanding of yoga therapy through the Kaivalyadhama Yoga Institute & Research Center.  I also draw upon the knowledge transmitted through my Ayurvedic teachers.