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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We climb this

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I love that he is able to

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

March 22, 2020


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Every day I move forward, just a little bit more. Sometimes this movement seems to be moving backward, but if I think about it, I realize that even then – it is moving forward; at some other level, maybe in a less linear, less logical way. And so I would like to acknowledge this

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All my life, I was looking for wholeness. A healing of my heart. I understand that the cracks and the scars in that tender space of the heart were a big part of the journey of the spirit. As it is true for each person, in their own way. As each person looks

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Just Sitting


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I feel broken by this resistance. But I go on, cause beneath me is a blanket and above

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