YOGA services descriptions
T R A U M A - I N F O R M E D /
T R A U M A - C O N S C I O U S Y O G A
F O R W E L L - B E I N G
Gianna has several years' experience as an Inpatient Psychiatric Trauma-InformedTrauma-Conscious Yoga Therapist. She recognizes and understands the very specialized needs of this vulnerable population and compassionately supports creating and maintaining a safe surrounding for those with whom she works. Gianna prioritizes providing a clear understanding to ensure that her students/clients/patients know they have permission to make choices regarding their level of participation including, but not limited to, awareness of bodily autonomy.
Trauma-Informed/Trauma-Conscious Yoga must always be invitatory in its languaging and provide compassionate reminders for individuals to always feel welcome to pause during the session, should they begin to experience feeling dysregulated and/or otherwise recognize it is necessary to pause for a time. Upon pausing, they are welcome to situate themselves in a comfortable manner which is supportive to them, until the uncomfortable thoughts, feelings, or sensations subside. Space continues to be compassionately held for them, as they take the time they need to feel safe in their body and rejoin their session, as they feel ready once again.
G E N T L E Y O G A
This class is a uniquely blended balance between movement and stillness. Mindfulness of alignment in our physical postures (asana) is supportive to joint stability, as well as to our individual range of motion and mobility. Students move through each asana at a more gentle pace, perhaps holding each asana for a time, before transitioning to the next. Since "gentle" is not synonymous with "easy", students will benefit from increased strength, mobility, flexibility, and balance. While Gentle Yoga is the perfect place for one to begin their Yoga journey, Gianna is careful to not define it as "beginner's yoga". Gentle Yoga is a good, strong practice, and it is one of great benefit to students both new to yoga and seasoned, alike, and can be a wonderful life-long practice.
Pranayama is key to and mindfully guided in all of Gianna's classes and, as appropriate, in trauma-conscious practices. We explore with a gentle curiosity how an easeful breath begins to guide one's physical movement. The breath can be explored as though it were bookends to a posture, gently supporting the beginning and end of each asana and our individual range of motion. A supportive breathing practice also assists in nurturing the body, mind, and spirit, as well as providing support to the nervous system, as it enables it to move toward regulation and relaxation. Restorative Yoga is also offered in Gentle Yoga classes.
G E N T L E Y O G A
F O R B A C K W E L L N E S S
Gentle Yoga for Back Wellness incorporates all of the elements of Gentle Yoga, with a specific emphasis placed upon the care of the back and spine. This class will help students to strengthen muscles, increase flexibility and range of motion, ease back pain, and serves a an adjunct to their Chiropractic care.
R E S T O R A T I V E Y O G A
The intention of Restorative Yoga is to offer support to the nervous system when experiencing dysregulation.
To fully support the body while in Restorative Yoga postures, we use two blocks, a blanket or two, and a bolster, in this class. When the body is fully supported and comfortable, the nervous system begins to let its guard down...and begins to regulate. We recognize this regulation as feeling calm.
Each class has been thoughtfully prepared in advance with a series of 5 to 7 restorative postures that students will settle into for a time, transition from, and mindfully prepare to settle into for the next posture. The transition in between postures is slow, mindful, and just as important as the time spent once settled back in to the restorative spaces.
To mindfully prepare for class and implement the four causes and conditions of relaxation into their practice, Gianna creates a space that is quiet, dimly lit, warm, and safe.
She recommends students bring a sweater or hoodie to their space, along with a pair of socks, to stay warm during their Restorative Yoga practice.
"Savor the deep relaxation of restorative postures
by preparing for them carefully." - Claudia Cummins
E A S E F U L S U N D A Y GENTLE & RESTORATIVE YOGA
Easeful Sunday is the perfect opportunity to thoughtfully turn inward for a time, as we reset and align ourselves for the week ahead, through a beautifully-arranged Gentle and Restorative Yoga practice.
I N D I V I D U A L Y O G A
A P P O I N T M E N T -- by appointment only.
P E R I N A T A L Y O G A / PMADs -- by appointment only
This compassionate and trauma-conscious *practice provides support to the physical and mental health of the perinatal student and those affected by PMADs. Gianna is a Perinatal Mental Health Trained Provider.
*ABOUT RETURNING TO YOGA:
Before returning to yoga, postpartum students must be released by their healthcare provider.
it does not mean to be in a place where
there is no noise, trouble or hard work.
it means to be in the midst of those
things and still be calm in your heart.