Filled with distractions, entertainment, and pervasive technology, our fast-paced, hectic modern lives seldom give us enough space and time to deal well with all the conflict situations that arise as we move through.
Even when we take the time to get on the mat, be present, and work on ourselves through yoga, aikido, meditation and other activities, in our daily lives, when we are triggered by our embodied trauma, we react in ways that may not serve us any longer.
About the Trauma-Aikido Workshop
Trauma can be defined as what happens when our nervous system is overwhelmed by any stimulus or situation that is too much, too big, too fast, or too soon. When this happens there is not enough time or space for our natural instinctive survival responses to complete.
Facilitating the completion of these incomplete responses is one of the most effective ways to work with trauma and its symptoms. Aikido exercises, movements, and techniques can help to complete these natural responses.
The intention of this short workshop is to develop our ability to consciously observe orienting and survival responses as they happen, and to play with completing them utilizing Aikido principles and movements. To play with, is synonymous with explore and experiment, which is how we all learned to be in our body as children and continue to learn as adults.
We will also take a brief look at how our autonomic nervous system functions and how we can support its natural flow through our awareness and attention.
Russell Jones is also a professional teacher and practitioner of Somatic Experiencing®, a physiologically-based approach to working with trauma and post-traumatic stress. He and his wife, Lael Keen Sensei, are some of the co-founders of the Brazilian Trauma Association. They teach SE® together and separately throughout the world on four continents, as well as from their home in the rainforest of Florianópolis, on the island of Santa Catarina in the south of Brazil.