As the daughter of genocide survivors who were culturally, geographically and spiritually displaced, Yael Flusberg has been especially drawn to yoga’s powerful role in cultivating resiliency and shifting us from chronic stress and trauma into transformation and growth. She’s been practicing yoga for more than 20 years, teaching it for a dozen, and facilitating yoga therapy for five, working a lot with those who have experienced trauma and caregivers. In her classes, training and individual sessions, Yael sees herself as holding space for what Dr. Bessel Von Der Kolk calls “suffering management,” helping students assess their physical, energetic, psychological and spiritual health; learn evidence-based techniques that help them with their particular issues and conditions; and ultimately engage in sustainable yoga practices that helps them experience every season and stage of life as rich, meaningful and liberating.

The practices that I offer are integrative — that is, they speak to our whole being — from how we feel inside our own skin, to how we perceive ourselves and our possibilities for growth within our chosen families and communities, to how connected we feel to the natural world and our creative essence. They let you be who you are, rather than just any one physical condition you face or any one situation you’re wrestling with.

In the past 20 years, there’s been tons of research showing how our physical, psychological and spiritual well-being are intrinsically connected. We know now that trauma, chronic stress, even just benign daily toxicity can change our DNA, zap our synaptic connections, bathe our tissues in a cortisol cocktail, cause systemic inflammation — in short, make us feel on edge or inconsolably sad or unsuccessful despite our many good efforts.

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