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Tonight's piece in summary...a tid bit of TRAMA-RAMA, a sampling of a larger piece:
"Breath Unfolded: A Journey Through Trauma, Healing, and Resilience"
In "Breath Unfolded," I explore the intricate and transformative interplay between trauma-informed yoga, personal narratives, and the pursuit of freedom for incarcerated and marginalized communities. The essence of this work is grounded in the fusion of art's potential for healing and the therapeutic power of yoga, particularly in the context of trauma.
The journey begins with reflections on childhood and growing up, set against the backdrop of Malibu's allure and the allure of a certain way of life. The idyllic facade is soon juxtaposed with the hidden struggles and tumultuous experiences that shaped my path. The narrative evolves as I recount a pivotal moment that altered the course of my life – a harrowing accident that left me physically and emotionally scarred.
The trauma and chaos of that accident become a lens through which I delve into themes of survival, healing, and the power of community. As I recount the ordeal, the audience is transported to the scorching Arizona heat, the wreckage of a U-Haul, and the desperate cries for the safety of beloved pets amid the chaos. The story takes us through the physical pain and emotional turmoil, highlighting the fragile yet resilient nature of the human spirit.
Throughout the journey, I emphasize the importance of trauma-informed care, exploring how traumatic experiences can shape our responses and behaviors. I delve into the fight/flight/freeze/submit/attach responses and the significance of transitioning toward a love/stay/heal/rise/accept mindset. The narrative evolves to encompass themes of self-care, self-love, and the crucial role that self-compassion plays in the process of healing.
The story unfolds further into my relocation to Malibu, a place of new beginnings that held both promise and challenges. The glitzy exterior of the Marina Del Rey scene becomes a metaphor for the veneer of privilege and societal expectations, masking the deeper struggles that persist within. I share my experiences navigating through this world, juxtaposing the facade with the reality of my internal battles.
"Breath Unfolded" is an invitation to join me on a journey of revelation, vulnerability, and empowerment. Through personal anecdotes, reflections, and the lens of trauma-informed yoga, I explore the themes of care, healing, and transformation. This narrative is not about dwelling in darkness; it is about unearthing and healing old wounds, using vulnerability as a catalyst for growth. Ultimately, the story embodies the power of breath, community, and self-compassion in the process of moving from trauma to triumph. Join me as we breathe, heal, and explore the dimensions of our shared humanity.