Trauma-Sensitive Yoga by Kamila Gemin

YTT 2020 Essay Assignment

Title: Trauma-Sensitive Yoga

Submitted by:  Kamila Gemin

Date: August 20, 2020

*Revised version for website (Nov 1, 2020)



    This paper will explore how yoga can be a helpful adjunct to traditional trauma treatment.  It will discuss the relationship between trauma, suicide, self-harm behavior, and emotion dysregulation.  A

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The Journey, by Magda, YTT graduate 2020

An essay by Magda, written as a part of Yoga Teacher Training during the COVID 19 pandemic, 2020.


Shanti Yoga – YTT Final Paper August 2020 MG


The Journey by Mary Oliver


One day you finally knew what you had to do, and began, though the voices around you kept shouting

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Top of the Mountain


One day all that we learn will fall away, released into space, from which it came. Until that day we continue to strive to understand, collect, accumulate, hoping to change, trying to accept, and whatever else it might look like in our unique and individual lives. What a beautiful process!

We climb this

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A little magic

Yesterday we went for a walk. As we hid from the harsh wind in the small neighbourhood streets, I offered to my partner:  let’s find something.  He said: what ? I said: I don’t yet know. He said: I guess we will know when we see it.

I love that he is able to

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One week later

As COVID – 19 spread into our city…

It has been a week, since all classes were suspended. 

March 22, 2020


Something shifted in my heart today. I was waiting for this moment, sitting quietly for a week, and waiting. Like many others, in this past week I have felt insecurity, confusion, loss.

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The pain of stopping


Life offers challenges, right? All of us know this. And some of these challenges create obstacles on your journey, like a great wall. We hit the wall and we stop, hurting. It is so easy to think that the wall or the obstacle is what creates the pain. But actually, it is the

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