On this episode, Melissa interviews Mary Horne. Mary is a private practitioner in Arkansas where she utilizes yoga and EMDR with clients.

Mary Horne

Trauma-Informed Yoga

  • Creates templates for relaxation and relationship with the body.
  • Also, helps to discover what our nervous system is capable of doing.
  • Often, traumatized individuals come in in a sympathetic state.
  • With a desire to push themselves physically.
  • However, their body needs rest and permission to go into a ventral state.
  • We can help them achieve this by first colluding with the strategy and then encouraging slower movement.
  • Learn about the doshas (17:46)
  • Importantly, always do the movements with your client.

EMDR, Yoga, Movement

  • Thankfully, using yoga with clients doesn’t require a large space or even a yoga mat.
  • In fact, you can do this work sitting in the typical chair and couch set up.
  • Evaluate the client’s presentation: are they presenting heavy or light? Slow or fast? 
  • Start with super simple poses, slowly moving towards more complexity.
  • A primary element of trauma-informed yoga is creating rhythms
  • This is because after trauma our rhythms are out of sync.

Yoga & Resourcing

“What if we just pause for a minute and bring awareness into the body? And then what would it feel like to take both arms, lifting them up over your head? Notice the feeling of the movement.”

  • Introduce the ideas of yoga.
  • Teach containment and provide co-regulation.
  • Encourage specific movements based on their presentation.
  • Envelop Breathing
    • Begin your inhale, then begin lifting your arms to the ceiling.
    • Complete your arm movement before the end of your exhale.
    • After you begin exhaling, lower your arms back down.

“This way of moving together, and being grounded in body becomes not only a very practical anchor in terms of grounding them in awareness, but also a relational anchor because they experienced this with you, and the safety, connection, synchrony, and co-regulation of that becomes a relational resource that holds and anchors the whole reprocessing experience.”

Yoga & Reprocessing

  • At this point, clients have been taught how to hold awareness in a nonjudgemental way.
  • Additionally, the client and therapist are familiar with the rituals and flow of their time together.
  • Through this learning, the client gains a sense of control.
  • Oftentimes, in the midst of reprocessing, the client’s body is signaling an action they need to release.
  • One of the ways to do this is to allow the movement.


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