After experiencing traumatic relationships, these specially-designed classes soothe and calm battered women.
This mini-documentary from NationSwell is about a group of yoga teachers who are helping domestic violence and sexual assault survivors heal from their trauma. These teachers, all volunteers and many of them survivors themselves, teach free trauma-informed yoga classes to victims living in domestic violence shelters and rape crisis centers.
In the United States, about one in four women will experience domestic violence during her life, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. It’s extremely dangerous for a battered woman to leave an abusive partner, and those who are brave enough to do so often suffer from PTSD for years.
Tara Tonini, herself a victim of domestic violence, is now the program director of Exhale to Inhale, a nonprofit that brings free yoga classes to shelters and community centers that serve domestic violence and sexual assault survivors. It also trains volunteer instructors to lead trauma-informed yoga classes. Tonini credits yoga for where she is today.
Witness how the regular practice of yoga can help trauma survivors in tremendous ways.