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Heal from trauma with yoga

A trauma-focused yoga program has finally made its way to Salmon Arm.

The yoga program is for women who are fleeing from violence.

“Violence from an intimate partner is now widely understood as having the potential to cause trauma," said Joanne Baker, executive director of the BC Society of Transition Houses. "The practice of yoga, and in particular trauma-informed yoga, is increasingly being recognized as a valuable practice in supporting the recovery of those who have experienced such violence."

The Reaching Out With Yoga program is part of a five-year province-wide research project looking at how women and children can heal from trauma caused by violence.

Researchers are hoping to show that yoga can reduce anxiety and help survivors gain control over common trauma symptoms such as panic attacks or insomnia.

Funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada, the program provides trauma-informed classes in 21 transition houses across the province.

Yoga Outreach is currently seeking volunteer instructors to teach classes for Shuswap Area Family Emergency (SAFE) Society.

"This project is a huge step towards our goal of removing the barriers of access to yoga for our most vulnerable community members," said Delanie Dyck, Yoga Outreach's executive director.

To volunteer, qualified yoga teachers must complete the Yoga Outreach Core Training TM, an 18-hour course that empowers instructors to plan trauma-informed classes for individuals facing multiple barriers, including domestic violence, PTSD, addictions, and mental health challenges.

Training takes place in Salmon Arm from Nov. 30 to Dec. 2.

Register online by clicking here.

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