Since 2009 WestCASA has made a commitment to delivering a body-based program, alongside the provision of counselling. The inclusion of a body-based program at WestCASA reflects recognition within the agency that the mind and body are linked in their experience of trauma and as such, both mind and body require interventions to assist individuals’ healing and recovery.
Shiatsu and yoga are the body-based therapies delivered at WestCASA. Feedback from participants, counsellor/advocates and the practitioners has been overwhelmingly positive.
“Knowing that I was at CASA helped. If something was to happen you knew you had someone there”
The word YOGA is a Sanskrit word meaning ‘Union’. Through the practice of Yoga we seek the union of mind, body, and spirit.
In the practice of Iyengar yoga the journey inwards begins at the physical layer, but through the practice of asana (postures) and steady breath focus the student is guided towards the more deeply seated spiritual layer of our being.
In Iyengar Yoga there is careful attention paid to physical alignment, an insistence on balanced and integrated development, and an emphasis on postures to develop strength, endurance and suppleness – physically, mentally and emotionally.
“Yoga is not about talking about your trauma.
It’s about you and your relationship to your own body.”
Van der Kolk