Trauma-informed yoga is a specialist branch of yoga which helps people recover from the impact of trauma on the body, brain, emotions, and sense of self. The first stage is focused on creating safety, learning to manage difficult emotions, and beginning to address trauma-related patterns. Dr. Edwards is trained in various somatic and trauma informed yoga techniques to help individuals release stress, pain, and emotions from the brain utilizing movement and breathe.
Did you know that La’ Toya Nicole is one of the first black female in the Hampton Roads, Virginia area to merge psychotherapy and somatic work. La’ Toya also has over 12 years additional training in trauma healing as well as neuroscience, including polyvagal theory. She is a 500-level yoga teacher and have taught over 300 yoga classes in various settings such as yoga studios, homes, in shelters, hospitals, rehab centers, and for corporations. La’ Toya also leads breathwork series with clients and customizes services to her client’s needs.
Styles of Yoga that La’ Toya teaches:
- Trauma Informed & Trauma Conscious
- Candlelight Yoga
- Yoga for Anxiety and Depression
- Yoga Nidra
Through a series of light somatic movements that provides clients with a safe, supportive space to reclaim their bodies and empower their own healing and trauma resolution. The movements that are used in session will allow you to open your body and release tension.
Research has shown that somatic experiencing is a form of alternative therapy aimed at relieving the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression, stress, building self esteem, flexibility, and other mental and physical trauma-related health problems by focusing on the client’s perceived body sensations.