Tuesday, August 8, 2017

The Root

Working on the root chakra today in yoga class.  With students who have PTSD, the root chakra always needs lots of work and love.  PTSD from being in combat puts the student in constant fight or flight mode.  The adrenals are in over drive and fear an usually guilt are constant companions.  By the time our asanas were done and students had experienced a 25 minute yoga nidra and temple massage (with cedarwood oil) there was a sense of peace and calm as they left the room.  The teacher received many hugs.

PTSD from any cause is devastating.  Most of its victims do not sleep, or if they do they experience night terrors.  Any sense of security they might have had in their past is usually gone.  Fear most often drives their days and nights.  Our group was mixed today, military and non-military.  Thankfully it was a small group.  The room became a safe place, a respite from the thoughts and memories that flood the mind.

As a teacher, I walk into my classroom, give all I have, use every ounce of wisdom and knowledge that is in me and keep judgement and competition out of the room and hope for the best.
Tonight I am drained, but that's ok, tomorrow is a brand new day.

1 comment:

  1. Oh my, you have such a weight on your shoulders in helping those poor hurting people. They are now able to help those who are suffering from PTSD with tapping.

    There are videos on tapping for PTSD showing amazing results. It works to disarm the response of fight or flight in the amygdala using the meridian points on the head and upper body. I'm sure you must have heard about it. If not, it would be worth looking onto it. It works on all sort of emotion base problems.
    Hugs, Julia