The 8-week Yoga as Healing program will explore re-connection to the self through mind, body, and spirit. This program will provide survivors of sexual violence a means of becoming reacquainted with their bodies, help them become grounded in the present moment, and allow them to explore the benefits of mindfulness as they flow breath to movement in guided trauma-informed practice and meditation.
Memories of sexually violent experiences can be intrusive, which can create challenges for survivors. These memories can also make it difficult for survivors who are looking to establish connection in their lives and learn how to trust again. The entire experience of practicing yoga, can help survivors find union between seemingly disconnected and challenging aspects of the self; allowing participants to slowly build the pieces into an integrated whole.
This program provides the opportunity for survivors to:
- Access 8 audio recordings of themed trauma-informed yoga classes
- Find peace and healing through trauma-informed yoga practice
- Develop positive coping skills including strengthening inner resources
- Learn self-care strategies and mindfulness around setting and asserting boundaries
- Exercise the choices they have to move their body in ways that feel comfortable
- Learn to establish connection to self, trust others, and strengthen relationships
- Establish safety and stability in the body
- Tap into inner strength and build resiliency skills
- Build positive coping strategies for managing painful experiences
- Regain power and control through mindful movements and reconnection to the body
- Ease feelings of depression, stress, and anxiety
- Ease symptoms of PTSD
- Increase feelings of self-compassion and strengthen self-esteem
The course explores the following themes over an 8-week series:
- Class 1: Intention and Orientation
- Class 2: Safety
- Class 3: Self-Care
- Class 4: Boundaries
- Class 5: Assertiveness
- Class 6: Strength
- Class 7: Trust
- Class 8: Acceptance + Self-Love
Yoga provides a safe and accessible way for survivors to explore their healing internally and uncovers layers of pain to get to the core of who they have always been. It offers them a beautiful form of expression that moves beyond trying to find the words to articulate how they feel. These inward experiences of healing on the yoga mat can support survivors in developing positive coping strategies. Past participants have shared that they were empowered to report to the police what had happened to them because they felt strong and stable in their bodies, others were able to be intimate again with a partner because they felt they could assertively communicate their boundaries, and many participants have shared their ability to take control of their binge eating because they no longer needed to have control in an unhealthy way.
Survivors have also shared that the yoga as healing program increased their confidence and self-esteem, helped them learn how to trust themselves and others, allowed them to develop a strong sense of community, helped them incorporate self-care strategies, and empowered them to seek other resources.
Please note that this training does not replace formal treatment. If you are in crisis, please consider contacting the free and confidential National Sexual Assault Crisis Hotline for immediate support, local resources and options at 1-800-656-4673, visiting their online chatroom for support, or calling 911.
Students will be asked to complete a waiver before accessing the course materials.
Having the opportunity to transform her own trauma through the practice of yoga, Zabie Yamasaki, truly believes in the healing power of asana practice. For years, Zabie's unwavering support for survivors of sexual trauma has manifested itself in many forms. She has ultimately made it her life's goal to help empower survivors of assault to regain their strength and self-worth. She is extremely passionate about yoga and its ability to help individuals connect to their emotions, be present on the mat, develop peace of mind, and take the necessary steps to become their most true, authentic self.
Zabie received her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Social Behavior and Education at the University of California, Irvine. She has a Master's degree in Higher Education Administration and Student Affairs at The George Washington University. Zabie received her 200-hour yoga teacher training certificate through Core Power Yoga and attended a 40-hour workshop on trauma-sensitive yoga instruction through the Justice Resource Institute at the Kriplau Center for Yoga and Health.
During her graduate career, Zabie engaged in numerous efforts to help prevent sexual assault through her campus role as the Coordinator of Sexual Violence Prevention. Zabie was previously the Assistant Director of UC Irvine Campus Assault Resources and Education (CARE) where she developed an 8-week therapeutic yoga program for survivors of sexual assault. She is now working as the Program Director of Trauma-Informed Programs at UCLA where she oversees the Yoga as Healing program for survivors across each of the UC campuses. She is a founding individual practitioner of The Breathe Network, an organization that connects survivors of sexual violence to holistic healing arts practitioners that offer all services on a sliding scale. She is the Founder of Transcending Sexual Trauma through Yoga, an organization with the mission of empowering survivors to heal through the practice of yoga. Her organization offers group and private trauma-informed yoga classes for survivors, trauma-informed yoga trainings, consultation for colleges and agencies interested in implementing yoga therapy programs, and mentoring for yoga instructors.
Zabie consistently advocates for the rights of survivors and works tirelessly to help these individuals find healing. She is widely recognized for her hard work and dedication to her field. She has created a model therapeutic yoga program and curriculum which is now being implemented at:
- Stanford University
- Johns Hopkins University
- University of Southern California (USC)
- Occidental College
- California State University, Long Beach
- California State University, Fullerton
- UC Irvine
- UC Santa Barbara
- UC Merced
- UC Berkeley
- UC Riverside
- UC Davis
- UC San Francisco
- University of San Francisco
- East Los Angeles Women's Center
- Center for Pacific Asian Families
- Community Service Programs (CSP) Rape Crisis Center
She was recently awarded the Victim Service Award in Orange County for the impact of her yoga program on survivors in the sexual assault and human trafficking unit. Her work has been highlighted on CNN, NBC News, the Huffington Post, OC Register, Elephant Journal, and in a variety of online publications.
It has been her dream to fuse her worlds together, creating a space where survivors can heal by flowing breath to movement through trauma-informed practice.By focusing on a holistic approach, Zabie is helping to change the way our world responds to trauma and provides support to survivors at various stages in their healing.
StartDear Survivor Introduction Letter and Survivor Affirmations
StartI Think it's Brave Meditation
StartPreparing and Setting up for Your Trauma-Informed Yoga Practice
StartSupportive Practice Video Amidst COVID-19 (5 minutes)
StartSelf-Care Invitations for Survivors
StartWeek 1: Intention and Orientation to the Series
StartWeek 2: Safety
StartWeek 3: Self-Care
StartWeek 4: Boundaries
StartWeek 5: Assertiveness
StartWeek 6: Strength
StartWeek 7: Trust
StartWeek 8: Acceptance and Self-Love
StartPostures to Support the Healing Process + Affirmation Cards
StartCompassionate Phrases to Help Ease a Survivor's Nervous System