Healing Centred Yoga with UBC SVPRO

UBC’s Sexual Violence Prevention & Response Office believes in supporting survivors in their healing, and that includes restoring connection with the body and autonomy. Trauma can disrupt the ways in which we’re able to connect with our body. A part of healing is finding that connection again, and ensuring that survivors feel the power in body, mind and spirit coming together.

Yoga is a terrific tool for healing as it allows us to build intense connection between our mind, spirit and body.

In the HATHA yoga sessions, the slow, gentle pace was designed specifically to assist survivors. With a focus on breath and mental presence, the class will move through a series of postures called āsanas. This balance of presence, breath and slow, intentional movement can assist to forge a relationship with the body rooted in trust and self-empowerment.

In the yoga NIDRA sessions, the meditation practice is aimed at helping survivors living with PTSD and anxiety develop tools to help manage their wellness. In this class, we will practice releasing muscular tension in the body, while simultaneously cultivating stillness, presence and mental clarity.

The instructor, Kendra Coupland is a sādhaka, meditation coach and multidisciplinary-artist living and working on unceded Coast Salish territory. In particular, the traditional lands of the Sḵwx̱wu7mesh, səl̓i lwətaɬ, kʷikʷəƛəm, Xʷməθkʷəy̓əm and Sto:lō people. Experiencing the world as a queer woman of colour and survivor of childhood sexual assault, Kendra brings a compassionate, trauma informed, intersectional framework to her practice. She constantly strives to create safer spaces for folks who experience marginalization and systemic violence, to practice self-liberation within the yogic community.

Classes will be held over Zoom, with participant audio and video turned off for privacy. There will be an opportunity at the end of each 45-minute class to turn them back on if people feel comfortable or use the group chat to ask questions, share feedback and connect. Click the image below to find out more!

SVPRO Vancouver and Okanagan are inviting all UBC students, staff and faculty to join us on Tuesdays and Thursdays from April 14th to May 7th!  We look forward to strengthening community together!