This time of self-quarantining that we are all living through right now is uncomfortable, challenging, and just plain weird. My guy and I are very social creatures, and to be deprived of interacting with our friends, going to shows, eating out, and just plain leaving our house once in a while without fear of contracting a deadly disease is a big thing. We are both being affected financially by the the government mandated orders regarding self-isolation and the closure of businesses in Las Vegas. We are feeling awful for our friends who have become unemployed because all “non-essential” businesses in Nevada have been ordered to close. While we feel art, music, and food are essential, we understand the need to keep our distance from other humans during this time. Top that with the fact that the news is oversaturated with stories of the “thing” and how it is affecting people and their lives, what the current “numbers” are, and all our social media feeds are overflowing with posts and comments of concern and fear.
The dictionary defines trauma as “an emotional upset”. This period of time is indeed an emotional upset, not just for a few, but for our entire world. And for those of us already on our own trauma recovery journey, it can be particularly challenging. The unknown, the uncertainty of the future, the loss of our jobs, income and livelihoods, the fear of the disease affecting our friends or loved ones – or indeed ourselves, all of this adds up to a traumatic state in which to be residing.
Since we are required to heed the government orders, how can we manage what we are feeling? Thanks to technology, there are many healthy distractions and self-help tools online, and more appearing daily for both adults or children.
Joyce Bosen and the Trauma Recovery Yoga team are putting together online live streaming and post-live videos of Trauma Recovery Yoga classes, talks/discussion about breath, and meditation available free to the public. As we are all practicing social distancing and avoiding unnecessary human contact, the online live class option feels good. I checked in to Max Carter’s TRY class on Monday evening and as I sat on my mat in front of my computer monitor, seeing him sitting on his mat as he went through the introductory self-regulation tools of orientation, grounding, centering and breathing was almost as good as being in the room with him.
Our YouTube channel is T.R.Y. Trauma Recovery Yoga where you can participate in live-streamed classes from the comfort of your own safe and comfortable space. The videos of these classes can be accessed anytime from the page.
You can see when classes will be occurring by going on Facebook and following @traumarecoveryyoga (Trauma Recovery Yoga training page) and searching “Upcoming Events”.
You can also go to the website for the Downtown Yoga and Wellness Co-op at https://www.dtlvcoop.com/live-streamed-classes to see upcoming classes. The Downtown Yoga & Wellness Co-op, of which Joyce Bosen is a co-founder with Samantha Okumura, is putting together online wellness classes which will include but may not be limited to yoga of various styles, breath and coping skills, and meditation. The online classes are free to the public until March 27, 2020. There will be a small membership fee of $11 monthly to access these live-streamed classes and the videos in their “virtual studio” going forward if you sign up by March 29, 2020. After that, it will be $17 monthly.
Below is the YouTube session with Joyce Bosen in which she talks about ways to calm ourselves using our breath and provides an interactive demo of these simple tools. Total video time is about 30 minutes but I’ve selected some key points and the times in which they appear for quick relief.
1) 5 finger breath – this quick technique to slow down and re-set is also a great way to assist children who may be experiencing emotions they don’t understand or can’t manage. Start 19:10 to 21:18
2) 3 part breath – If you are feeling lethargic OR anxious, this can be energizing or calming. Start 21:22 to 24.13
3) Scan your body – Doing a mental scan of your body after the 3 part breath draws your attention to the calm. Start 24:14 to 28:41
If you have children at home who need a bit of calming, Mindful Movement is a version of Trauma Recovery Yoga especially designed for children. It is taught throughout Las Vegas in various public schools. A MM class will be live streamed on Saturday, March 28 at 10am and posted up on the T.R.Y. Trauma Recovery Yoga YouTube channel if you miss the live class. The class is designed for kids of all ages, little and big. It is a fast paced, loud, fun and full of energy class.
Please realize as we all learn to navigate this new normal, there may be changes to the programs I have described here. We are anxiously trying to put together the best classes we can in order to deliver hope and healing to all. We are all in this together.