From The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel van der Kolk, MD:
For so long in North America we’ve considered yoga to be a panacea of healing, a safe haven, a movement practice where open hands abound, grabbing hold of our bodies to help us let go of our limits. But we’re waking up to the realities of trauma in yoga’s history and how we’re perpetuating it in our contemporary culture.
This lecture begins a conversation about adjustments, injury, touch and trauma that’s difficult to have, but will make us all better at holding each other, holding safe spaces, and bringing (back) the good-touch feeling that we hold in our hearts for our yoga practices and practitioners. It’s time we work through the messy, uncomfortable side of how we make contact with each other so that we can be better at protecting people, rather than provoking pain.
Matthew Remski has been practicing meditation and yoga since 1996. He is a certified yoga therapist, research geek extraordinaire, and well-known yogi thought leader. He draws both the ire and praise of the yoga community (depending on who’s talking) as a revolutionary, a Marxist bastard, a godsend of a mouthpiece to the silenced aspects of Yogaland … and that’s just the start. He’s deliciously complicated, honest, unabashedly highfalutin, and a force to be reckoned with no matter how you feel about what he has to say. To ignore what Remski’s talking about is to go deaf to an awful lot that matters in yoga today.
He’s the author of eight books, including Threads of Yoga: a remix of Patanjali’s Sutras with commentary and reverie and 21st Century Yoga, and has spearheaded the WAWADIA (What Are We Actually Doing In Asana?) project, which you can read all about HERE:
Prepare to have your mind changed, your positions challenged, your fire stoked, and your practice changed into something that builds rather than breaks both you and those who practice with you. This will be like no yoga conversation you’ve had before, intensely creative and intelligent – and hopefully healing.