The Practice Coalition is a not for profit organization based in New York City that offers yoga for trauma for survivors of sexual and/or domestic violence.
On June 25, 2023 at 10am The Yoga Trail hosts a charity Yoga for trauma class, which revenue will be donated to the organization. The class is led by Lillian Cuthbert, one of our team teachers and also part of the Practice Coalition
Yoga for trauma is a yoga practice tailored to the needs of anyone who has experienced trauma, and who typically don't feel comfortable in the usual studio or gym classes. Yoga for trauma classes are usually smaller in size, and taught in a way to be sensitive to the particular trauma in the room.
Sometimes classes will be geared for a specific traumatic experience, such as sexual assault or military experience. Other times it might be a more general offering, "all are welcome", to this yoga for trauma class.
In our Yoga for Trauma classes, we introduce rest slowly, if we do at all. It takes time for students to establish trust with their teachers, to trust that quiet time, and to begin to access those feelings of safety that come with rest. Alternatives are always offered in addition to Savasana. Moving the body and resting are only a few ways that yoga can support the trauma survivor. It's a big part of what we do.
The Practice Coalition have their our own classes that they run, in person and virtually, and they also work directly with organizations to offer yoga for trauma for their clients, staff or both. They want to serve these communities with the practices of yoga, as a means to support, uplift and inspire. They want survivors to have access to these practices without cost or question.
The practices of yoga have the ability to inspire and uplift the practitioner. People leave their mats empowered, grounded and more at peace. This makes it easier to deal with the daily stresses of our lives. Oftentimes, people who lack access to resources have another level of daily stresses and usually no time, money or access to these types of classes.
While in NY and waiting for spring to start the Yoga in Central Park, I love to go around town and experience the amazing variety and quality of Yoga that New York City has to offer. I often use groupon or classpass to find special offers.
Here are some of my recent favorite studios:
Ananda Ashram, Monroe, NY
This is my Yoga home.
I fell in love with Yoga and I took my teacher training there.
In addition to the fantastic Hatha and Vinyasa Yoga classes twice a day, to the Sanskrit classes and fire ceremony, there are always great workshops and live music performances.
It's a Nature sanctuary where you can meet like minded people, find silence and peace in the forest, and eat tasty vegan meal!
Jai Yoga Arts, Brooklyn, NY
I teach here every Tuesdays at 8:30pm when in NYC.
I love this studio because in addition to the excellent Yoga offer, it has become a lovely community of creative, smart, and eco-conscious people. The hot tea and nice chats after class are really priceless! Jai also offers a Teacher Training Program for anyone seeking to become a teacher, or a stronger practitioner in a familiar and comfortable environment!
3 Weeks for $30 for new students!
Solstice in Times Square:
Athleta Mind over Madness Yoga
Anyone can find tranquility on top of a mountain.
Can you find it in the middle of Times Square?
Every Summer Solstice you can Join the challenge!
Attend one or more of the 5 yoga classes throughout the day from 7:30am to 7pm: it will be a unique experience!
A lot of energy and a lot of new different new perspectives: it was great laying down and looking up at the Times Sq. buildings, and at the same time feeling the earth trembling under you for a train passing.
Highly recommended: I do it every year!
Jet Lag Festival
Within Jet Lag festival there is a camp dedicated to workshops, yoga, healing, live and electronic music, chill out area, hookah lounge, and body painting.
In 2012 I led a workshop dedicated to the Chakras, their psychological and physical aspects, and how to activate them.
The location in the shade under the trees with birds singing around us was priceless!