I am a massive fan of this book. Written with trauma survivors particularly in mind, the grounding postures and practices here would be helpful also for those experiencing a lot of stress, those dealing with their bodily autonomy being threatened, or for anyone who needs some help bringing their awareness and energy back into their body, and creating a safe space within themself. — Arabella Peterson
Trauma-informed yoga guidance for survivors, instructors, and mental health professionals.
Trauma-Informed Yoga for Survivors of Sexual Assault provides a comprehensive overview of how to offer yoga to survivors of sexual assault in a safe, effective, evidence-based, and healing way. Transcending Sexual Trauma through Yoga founder Zahabiyah A. Yamasaki draws on the framework of trauma-informed care and trauma-informed yoga program development and curriculum, while also weaving in personal narrative and inspiring survivor stories. She explores practical considerations for survivors, as well as for yoga teachers, mental health professionals, educators, and other healing professionals who are interested in integrating trauma-informed yoga into the scope of their work and/or healing.
This book expands the scope and framework for healing and fills a much-needed gap in service delivery for survivors. Yamasaki provides holistic, trauma-informed, body-based, compassionate, and culturally affirming options for survivors as they navigate what is oftentimes a lifelong and nonlinear process of healing. A companion card deck of affirmations, Trauma-Informed Yoga for Survivors of Sexual Assault: Practices for Healing and Teaching with Compassion, is also available, both as a stand-alone item and in a discounted set with the book.
About the Author
Zahabiyah A. Yamasaki, MEd, RYT is the founder of Transcending Sexual Trauma through Yoga, which is an organization that offers trauma-informed yoga to survivors, consultation for universities and trauma agencies, and training for healing professionals. Zabie has trained thousands of yoga instructors and mental health professionals and her trauma-informed yoga program and curriculum is now being implemented at over 30 college campuses and trauma agencies including the University of California (UC) system, Stanford, Yale, USC, University of Notre Dame, and Johns Hopkins University. She has received countless awards in victim services and leadership, including the Visionary in Victim Services award from one of the largest rape crisis centers in California, the Voice of Courage Award from Exhale to Inhale, and the Remarklable Woman Award from KTLA5.
This is the voice, these are the words, the trauma field has been waiting to hear. Yamasaki’s steady, compassionate, and authentic voice offers a comprehensive guidebook for how to navigate the path to trauma healing for survivor and helper alike. The type of text we come to when we want to help others heal, but by the time we are through, we ourselves have been transformed. — Nityda Gessel, LCSW
Zabie Yamasaki has written an incredible book that does so many things at the same time, and all of them marvelously. Teaching and practicing trauma-informed care is no easy thing—and she’s managed to gracefully synthesize a book about yoga, trauma, trauma-informed teaching, trauma survivors, and a yoga toolkit all into one. A must-have for anyone teaching, practicing—or seeking—trauma-informed yoga today. — Susanna Barkataki, author of Embrace Yoga's Roots: Courageous Ways to Deepen Your Yoga Practice
Yamasaki covers entirely new ground and makes a generative contribution to the field of trauma-informed somatics. This powerful book integrates science, psychology, and skillful self-disclosure with practical tools for healing and teaching. With an anti-oppression framework and intersectional lens, this book offers a rare perspective on embodied survivorship. A must-read for anyone engaged in the process of recovering from sexual trauma or helping others to heal. — Bo Forbes, Psy.D., Somatic Educator, Advocate For Body Justice, and author of Yoga for Emotional Balance
As a survivor, psychologist, and beneficiary of Zabie Yamasaki’s online training program, I am excited to recommend this powerful book on embodied healing through yoga for sexual assault survivors. With clarity, compassion, and generosity of spirit, Yamasaki provides clear and practical strategies to facilitate healing and empowerment to aid survivors as they seek to reclaim their bodies and their full selves. — Dr. Thema Bryant, Psychologist and Author
Zabie Yamasaki has managed to write a book that is a salve of wisdom, compassion, and perspective for survivors and an invaluable resource for those supporting survivors to find their way back to their bodies again. It is a comprehensive guide grounded in a nuanced understanding of trauma, psychology, neurobiology, and cultural sensitivity. A must-have for anyone working with survivors in any capacity. — Hala Khouri, M.A., SEP, E-RYT, author of Peace from Anxiety: Get Grounded, Build Resilience