For the final show of 2016 and this season of Safe Space Radio, we revisit my 2011 conversation with Matthew Sanford. Matthew is a yoga teacher focusing on trauma recovery. He was paralyzed from the chest down at age 13 in a car accident that killed his father and sister. As a teen, he was encouraged to overcome the silence of his paralyzed body, but he learned that he could listen to it instead. Over time, he began to experience his body’s silence as a source of strength and connection. He encourages all of us, as we age, to listen to the increasing silence of our bodies in new ways.
An interview with psychologist, yoga teacher and author, bo Forbes, about how restorative yoga and breathing exercises can restore balance to the nervous system. Coming to yoga from a solid background in clinical psychology, and work as a talk therapist, bo describes the way that moving away from verbal processing [Read more…]
An interview with yoga teacher, researcher and author, Richard Miller about his adaptation of yoga nidra for use with returning vets from Iraq and Afghanistan. Richard describes studies done by the department of defense showing that yoga nidra can be effective at reducing the symptoms of PTSD, allowing vets to sleep through the night, to feel safe inside themselves, and to gain a sense of mastery over outbursts of anger and rage. He describes how yoga nidra works to create a state of consciousness where we become aware of our sensations, thoughts, feelings and breath with acceptance and openness. He works with pairs of opposite feelings to help participants gain a sense of being more than their feelings and sensations. As an example he works with feelings of shame, helplessness and collapse, that many veterans feel, at being unable to prevent the death of a friend, and works with its opposite, the feeling of potency and vitality that allow the shame to begin to dissipate. We end with a brief taste of yoga nidra. You can find out more at www.irest.us
An interview with yoga teacher and retreat leader, Deb Cook, about how a daily practice of yoga can build a sense of safety inside. Deb describes how turning the attention inward on a regular basis creates a feeling of a home inside that one can always return to. [Read more…]
An interview with yoga teacher and therapist Deirdre Fay about her experience of discovering her own trauma history through yoga. Deirdre reports that yoga is always an agent of transformation, that softened her defenses to the point that her body began to relive previously forgotten memories of trauma. [Read more…]