As a yoga student with a TBI I can say that the classes gave me very practical, down to earth tools that allowed me to calm down my nervous system on my own when needed in a very short time. This enabled me to stay focused longer, socialize more, and build resilience.
As a student of the teacher training program, I was pleased that at the end of the training I was immediately able to teach what I had learned and that the students loved what I had to offer.
- Sabine Borchers, 2015 Teacher Training Graduate
Hi Skyler, I had the opportunity to see your presentation at the Accessible Yoga Conference and everything you shared resonated deeply with me. I have been teaching yoga in non-traditional settings with under-served populations since 2014 and I'm in my eighth (and last!) year as a social worker. I have finally found enough stability in my life that I can continue to pursue my own healing and I am making the transition towards teaching yoga full-time. I appreciated that your work has empowered you to work within systemic infrastructure to offer yoga and I am trying to follow a similar path. Thus, I am interested in learning all of the details around your 50 hr. training. I look forward to hearing back. Thank you for all you're doing. You give me a lot of hope and belief that addressing trauma will lead us all into the light.
Skyler Myers did an exceptional inservice for our organization covering how trauma is held in the body and how yoga can help to release this trauma. She was organized and thorough as she talked us through a series of important yoga poses to help trauma survivors. While providing us with excellent education and resources, she also gave us a relaxing and uplifting yoga class. I highly recommend this information.
- Birdsong L. Sundstrom, MA, Supervisor, Foothills & Truckee Healthy Babies
I look forward to watching the evolution of Skyler's class series. She has much useful information to share with her students. It is so important to find just the right balance to allow the gradual titration needed to help move students in and out of feelings of anxiety during the class series.
I was touched by the natural bonding and loving support that each person offered week after week, during the class series. It was a great help in creating the safe container in which we could all open ourselves to processing our own traumas from life. Each person who shared challenges from his or her own life was immediately met by the compassion and empathy of all the others. This protective friendship helped create a family feeling that helped us all feel more comfortable sharing our thoughts and feelings with the group.It has been so valuable to learn how common it is for people to carry trauma trapped in their bodies, sometimes for decades, and to understand the process and now to be given some useful tools needed to address it when it shows up in life--whether it be my life or the lives of friends and loved ones. To be forewarned is to be forearmed.
- Saraswati, 2014 graduate
Before attending Yoga for Trauma Recovery and Addiction, I had personal patterns which hindered my emotional and spiritual growth. With education and daily yoga practice, I have been able to open channels to my psyche and my body which have allowed for deeper healing and amazing connection with my higher self. My willingness to heal myself through yoga postures, meditation, breathing techniques and positive affirmations has made great changes possible in a short period of time. Learning how the brain reacts to traumatic experiences supported this transformative healing.
Within our community there are many sweet spirits suffering from trauma, much of the time going unnoticed. Other times painfully undeniable. Trauma is real and without active treatment, trauma may manifest in many forms. Shining light into the dark corners of our experiences allows us to see them clearly, acknowledge them and no longer be held captive by them. Since becoming actively involved in Trauma Recovery, I have experienced great healing and have been approached by many in the community who relate their traumas and I have hope that they too can be healed by an active yoga program and may begin this healing by beginning one of Skyler's in depth study programs of Yoga for Healing Trauma. I am so appreciative and thankful for having been blessed by this class.
- Ty Brendan