I came to yoga as medicine. Medicine for a broken spine, medicine for a broken heart, medicine for a broken spirit. Yoga is slow powerful medicine that continues to transform me. And, after 23 years of yoga practice, there were still some pockets of my body and mind that needed deeper medicine. While researching medicine for PTSD I came upon tremoring. Tremoring has become the latest addition to my yoga practice. Daily shaking seems to be healing the overuse injuries of my hips, the last of the whiplash from last December’s car accident, and deeper ptsd related issues that I have lived with most of my life. I’m ready to share this yoga medicine with you and I’ve developed a new class, Shaking Shakti, that I will offer on Wednesday nights, 5:30-6:45pm, starting June 12th, 2013.
Shaking Shakti will incorporate the Tension and Trauma releasing exercises movements from studying Dr. David Bercelli’s Trauma Releasing Exercises and Dr. Bradford Keeney’s Shaking Medicine. Dr. Bercelli’s work draws on the neurologic study of trauma to release the body’s innate healing mechanism. Dr. Keeney’s work is based on the shaking medicine he has studied with indigenous shamans and healers around the world. Both of these methods invoke spontaneous movement that releases tension and trauma, from the small every day tensions we accumulate in our shoulders, low back, jaw or stomach to the big life changing traumas that result in depression, anxiety or PTSD.
We will begin with familiar poses that work and stretch the muscles of the lower body and in particular the psoas muscle. The psoas muscle holds trauma deep in the body and with the right exercises we can encourage it to release through tremoring. Once the psoas begins to release the rest of the body will follow. The body’s release may be small and quiet or large and energetic. It is always fun. And, be forewarned, savasana after tremoring is one of the most delicious and relaxing experiences ever.
I’ll also be teaching Dr. Dr. Bercelli’s Tension and Trauma releasing exercises in private sessions. Dr. Bercelli developed a specific set of exercises that anyone can use to safely release tremors. It takes about an hour to learn the sequence for the first time. A regular tremoring home practice might last 10 to 30 minutes a few times each week. The results of this simple practice are revolutionary.