The YIS 12 Trauma-Informed, Principles for Growth

The Yogis in Service (YIS) 12 Trauma-informed, Principles for Growth

The Yogis in Service Team partnered with the University at Buffalo to create the YIS 12 Principles for Growth (see Catherine Cook-Cottone, Ph.D.’s and Wendy Guyker, Ph.D.’s Research Team; http://gse.buffalo.edu/about/directory/faculty/cook-cottone).

Yogis in Service is TRAUMA-INFORMED

Read our published article, “Trauma-Informed Yoga: An Embodied, Cognitive-Relational Framework

LINK HERE Trauma-Informed Yoga-YIS 2017-IJCAM

Abstract

There is a growing need for a theoretical and empirically grounded approach to support effective and safe provision of yoga to potentially vulnerable populations. Yogis In Service, Inc. (YIS), a non-for-profit community service yoga organization, in partnership with the Africa Yoga Project (AYP) and the University at Buffalo, State University of New York has developed an embodied, cognitive-relational framework for trauma-informed yoga (YIS-TIY). YIS-TIY identifies 12 key teaching points of trauma informed yoga, which can be applied when teaching yoga to stressed and potentially traumatized populations. YIS-TIY utilizes the four domains of inner resources, physical basics, self-regulation and mindful grit to empower students in a trauma-informed manner. YIS-TIY can be utilized as a framework and guidance for yoga teachers working in high-risk locations and/or in yoga classes that may include vulnerable and trauma-exposed individuals. The purpose of this article is to (1) review the body of literature of yoga and trauma that informs the YIS-TIY model, (2) outline the 12 key teaching points of trauma-informed yoga within the YIS-TIY methodology for teaching yoga to stressed and potentially traumatized populations, and (3) provide a set of practice recommendations.

Yogis in Service is BODY POSITIVE 

Yogis in Service is also Body Positive. Please see the guidelines for creating a body positive space in your yoga studio of community class. Creating a Safe Space for Positive Embodiment (Cook-Cottone & Douglass, 2017)

Citation: Cook-Cottone, C. P., & Douglass, L. L. (2017). Yoga communities and eating disorders: Creating safe space for positive embodiment. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 27, online first.

Brief Overview of the Approach and Model

We use this paraphrased summary of Viktor Frankl’s words to illustrate the empowerment and space we hope for all of us.

Between stimulus and response there is a space.

In that space is our power to choose our response.

In our response,

lies our growth and our freedom.”

Viktor Frankl

Growth Zone

The 12 Principles for Growth were created to help you create the space between stimulus and response. They are aligned with all published research and books on trauma-informed yoga and are being actively used in research across the globe. These principles are for use in the GROWTH ZONE and help you create a GROWTH MINDSET. In YIS, we ask you to get out of your comfort zone and into your growth zone- the place where your life can change to SERVE the best version of your self (you become a true yogi in service). You- are responsible for for bringing your self to a growth mindset and entering your growth zone.

Cite as Yogis in Service and Cook-Cottone et al., (2016). Growth Zone. www.yogisinservice.org

Cite as Yogis in Service and Cook-Cottone et al., (2016). Growth Zone. www.yogisinservice.org

Your growth zone is not in your comfort zone and is- therefore- not comfortable. We ask you to consider that despite being uncomfortable, there is a lot of room for growth that is well within your safety zone. Through practice and support, you can learn to move in and out of your comfort zone and into your growth zone- staying well within your safety zone. With the 12 Principles for Growth, you can create a life that is fuller, more flexible, adaptive, integrated, energized and stable (read Daniel Siegel’s work on integration in his book Mindsight). In your growth you will find connection- to self, others, and your community. Here they are:

Yogis in Service 12 Trauma-Informed, Principles for Growth

The 12 Principles for Growth can be embodied most effectively in sequence. That is, first, empowerment and worth. This is where we begin, form I CAN and I AM WORTH THE EFFORT. Next, the physical basics- safety, breath, presence, and feeling. Then, you are ready for authentic choice, grounding, ownership, and sustainability. Last, you enter the zone of what we call MINDFUL GRIT. Here you practice both self compassion and self-determination. Throughout your practice you can work you way up and down this list. You can select one at a time or two that work together (e.g., the physical basics can be paired with all the rest). As you practice with the 12 Principles for Growth you will notice your connection with self, others, and your world shifting. You will have a felt sense (Part I) your Inner Resources, (Part II) Positive Embodiment, (Part III) Self-Regulation, and (Part IV) Mindful Grit.

Part I: Inner Resources (Kids: Me)

  • EMPOWERMENT
    • I can (kids- I can) 
  • WORTH
    • I am worth the effort (kids- I am always worth it)

Part II: Positive Embodiment (kids- Me and My Body)

  • SAFETY
    • I deserve to be safe (kids- I deserve to be safe)
  • BREATH
    • My breath is my most powerful tool (kids- My breath is powerful)
  • PRESENCE 
    • I work toward presence in my body (kids- I can connect with my body)
  • FEELING
    • I feel so that I can heal (kids- It’s okay to feel my feelings)

Part III: Self-Regulation (kids: Me and My Choices)

  • CHOICE
    • I can find choice in the present moment (kids- Right now, I can make the best choice for me)
  •  GROUNDING
    • My body is a source for connection, guidance, and coping (kids- I can connect with my body to steady my feelings and make choices)
  • OWNERSHIP
    • I can create the conditions for safety and growth (kids- I can make choices to keep me safe and growing)
  • SUSTAINABILITY
    • I can create a balance between structure and change (kids- I can choose when it is best to try new things)

Part IV: Mindful Grit (kids: Me and My Work)

  • COMPASSION
    • I honor the individual path of recovery and growth (kids- I grow and learn in my own way [we all do])
  •  SELF-DETERMINATION
    • I work toward the possibility of growth and effectiveness in my own life (kids- I can create my own path of possibility)

“Between stimulus and response there is a space.

In that space is our power to choose our response.

In our response,

lies our growth and our freedom.”

Viktor Frankl

Honoring and Citing Our Work

Please use and please cite our work. This information is the result of 100s and 100s of hours of research and YIS teamwork. Your citation of our work will honor this effort and is the right thing to do. Thank you! and we are so excited for your growth and connection. Cite as Yogis in Service and Cook-Cottone et al., (2016). Growth Zone. www.yogisinservice.org

Much Love,

The Yogis in Service Team

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