Gianna is a Certified Practitioner (TCYM) of The Trauma-Conscious Yoga Institute and has several years' experience as an Inpatient Psychiatric Trauma-Conscious Yoga Therapist.
As a Trauma-Conscious Yoga Method Certified Practitioner, Gianna values "The Four 'R's' of Trauma-Informed Practice", as outlined by the National Center for Trauma-Informed Care and which are valued by The Trauma-Conscious Yoga Institute:
Gianna recognizes and understands the very specialized needs of this vulnerable population, the impact trauma has on one's body, mind, nervous system, sense of self, and worldview, and she compassionately supports creating and maintaining a safe surrounding for those with whom she works.
She prioritizes providing a safe surrounding for her clients and is also gently straightforward in ensuring they have a clear understanding about their bodily autonomy, as well as knowledge of their self-given permission to make choices at all times regarding their level of participation, during their yoga session. In an effort to support her clients in feeling safe and comfortable while in their yoga session, Gianna encourages them to always feel welcome to communicate with her, as they find it to be necessary.
Trauma-Conscious Therapeutic Yoga must always be invitatory in its languaging and provide mindful, compassionate reminders for individuals to always feel welcome to pause during their session, should they begin to experience feeling emotionally dysregulated or otherwise recognize it is necessary to pause for a time. Gianna continues to compassionately hold space for them, as they take the time they need to feel safe in their body and to rejoin participating in their yoga session, once they feel ready to do so.
Trauma-Conscious Therapeutic Yoga Sessions are scheduled on a physician- or therapist-referral basis only. We request that your physician's or therapist's office contact us for scheduling purposes: 509-242-5650.
PHILOSOPHY REGARDING TOUCH AND HANDS-ON ASSISTS:
Gianna's philosophy regarding touch and hands-on assists align with those of The Trauma-Conscious Yoga Institute:
"...We are less concerned about physical alignment (we are concerned to the degree that we want to make sure people don't injure themselves), and we are more concerned with emotional alignment and integration of mind, body, heart, and spirit."
Should there be an occasion when Gianna observes that touch or a hands-on assist may be supportive to and/or appropriate for a client, she will always ask them first and get consent. Ultimately, the decision for touch or no touch, however, is always made by the client.
Gianna keeps the best interests of her clients and their well-being in mind, at all times. If, at any time, she determines that Trauma-Conscious Therapeutic Yoga is not, at present and/or otherwise, an appropriate holistic adjunctive therapy for them (in instances including, but not limited to, PMAD's), she will notify the client and their referring physician or therapist, in writing, and a refund will be issued to the client for the balance of any remaining appointments, as applicable.