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/Trauma-Informed 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.
THOUGHTS ABOUT 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 first and get consent. The decision for touch or no touch, however, is always made by the client.
Trauma-Conscious Yoga Sessions are held by Appointment Only. Please contact Gianna's Office to schedule at 206-636-1077.