The Breathe Movement offers trauma-informed programs based on the practice of yoga – an ancient art that harmonises an individual’s physical, mental and emotional psyches.
Yoga stems from the Sanskrit root “yuj”, which has infinite definitions when translated into the English language. We can think of yoga as being in relationship with self, others and our environment. Our trauma-informed yoga-based programs are sensitive to the needs of our participants, and are created as opportunities to experience our bodies regardless of physical ability. Our intention is to allow individuals to harness their inner strength to build emotional resiliency and self-awareness, resulting in feeling safe and empowered in their bodies.
“Breath is the bridge which connects life to consciousness, which unites your body to your thoughts. Whenever your mind becomes scattered, use your breath as the means to take hold of your mind again.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh.
The breath brings us back to the present moment, allowing us to have a deeper understanding of our emotions, thoughts and body sensations.
We want to provide equal opportunities for everyone to practice yoga, and be equipped with the appropriate tools that aid in the cultivation of self-awareness and emotional resiliency, resulting in a greater sense of self-empowerment.
Increase the mind-body connection within individuals, especially those who have been through a traumatic event.
Enhance the individual’s health, well-being, learning and behaviour that would lead to long-term positive results in mood, attention, communication, self-regulation and self-esteem.
Enable individuals to make sustainable, healthy and empowered choices for themselves and the community.
Educate the community to make the connection between yoga and trauma, and the benefits it has for individuals who have experienced trauma, marginalisation and incarceration.
Courage – To live in the present moment and let go of habitual patterns
Authenticity – To speak and act with truth and honesty
Compassion – To perform non-harming speech and actions towards self and others
Love – For self, others and our environment