Yoga and Meditation Studio
Operation Grow includes a yoga and meditation studio to provide further support to women who have experienced violence. Yoga and meditation are considered a best practice in their ability to reduce the impacts of trauma by re-integrating the mind and body (van der Kolk 2014).
As a result of trauma we become disconnected from our physical bodies, trauma-informed yoga helps re-create this connection. Yoga sessions must move at a snail pace, in order to be able to work through their discomfort and heal. (van der Kolk, 2014).
Connection to others, ourselves and something larger than ourselves is vital to the overcome the impacts of trauma (Haskell 2014). Yoga has the ability to build these connections, by re-gaining a relationship with the interior world and with it a caring, loving sensual relationship to self (Van der Kolk, 2014).