March 2, 2021
Inhale. Exhale. Sea Change.
Many people hear the word yoga and they picture doing various stretches, or using yoga as a physical work out. Far beyond the physical benefits, yoga can provide an opportunity for deep healing, a chance for restorative meditation in motion.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker; I provide mental health therapy for individuals who have survived various forms of trauma. I started practicing yoga ten years ago, and after experiencing the benefits of calming my own nervous system through breath work, I became a deep believer of the benefits of a yoga practice.
Just over a year ago I started volunteering on the development committee for Sea Change Yoga, a non-profit organization focused on providing trauma informed yoga to various under-served populations. Trained yoga teachers bring classes and methods into spaces that otherwise wouldn’t have access to a yoga studio. We currently teach more than 100 classes per month to students at residential treatment facilities, community recovery centers and correctional institutions.
As a volunteer for the organization, I've loved hearing the stories of the students who have benefitted from the classes we offer and the tools they have learned to get grounded. Will, a Sea Change student at Portland Recovery Community Center recently shared "I have always struggled with ADD, anxiety, and worries. Since practicing with Sea Change Yoga, for the first time in my life I don't struggle with any of that. It's changed my whole life".
To help continue these programs, and reach more students like Will, Sea Change is offering a virtual yogathon on Sunday March 21st. The three hour event will feature a range of types of yoga, meditation, as well as discussions about the benefits of yoga. Please consider joining for any or all of the event, your support will help support our goals to continue teaching trauma-informed yoga classes to our neighbors who otherwise wouldn’t have access to these healing tools.
If you are interested in learning more, or to sign up, visit: seachangeyoga.org/yogathon
- Karina Chandler