What has worked?
- Be consistent and developing a simple sequence that is predictable and nurtures their feelings of confidence and success.
- Avoid trigger poses (one example would be Happy Baby) and having their backs facing other students.
- Avoid props like straps that could be triggering as well.
- Use invitational language and invite to try a pose, giving many variations. Survivors were put in a terrible situation which they didn't chose, and so the yoga experience should be the polar opposite - they are empowered to chose time and again.
- Focusing on the breath and simple mediation where they can focus on the present moment.
- Follow a no touch policy, which is required by the agency where I volunteer. I think it is a wise policy to protect students from being triggered and teachers from any possible liability. By not offering physical adjustments, you get to be a better teacher by offering clear verbal directions and demonstrating the pose.
- Affirming them throughout the class with positive language.
- I also brought in essential oils for students to use, and they were very popular, even with the teenage male student.