I'm Sonia Bown-Diaz, the founder of this emerging organisation that values itself on making a yoga practice accessible to ALL members of our community; in particular, those who are on the fringes and/or marginalised.
In 2003 I experienced the stillbirth of my twin sons (Izaak and Kurtis). This devastating loss brought about an insurmountable level of grief that was difficult to process.
I had taken up yoga in 2005 as a form of gentle exercise. Little did I know that profound changes that I would begin to notice within myself.
More than 10 years after this event, I was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Although this diagnosis wasn't at all surprising, it did make sense as to why I had deeply been disassociating with my body and why I had been experiencing significant depression.
The transformative effects of my practice of yoga and the mindset changes that began to emerge through consistent practice has allowed me to process and determine my actions and reactions on a daily basis to what shows up in my life.
The way in which we talk to ourselves and in how we practice compassion towards ourselves and others is imperative in today's world more than ever.
The Yamas and Niyamas outlined in Patanjali's Yoga Sutras provides us with the ethical and moral codes by which to live and are the essential foundation for our whole practice.
A trauma-informed yoga practice has allowed me to be gentle on myself and remind myself that in every moment that arises, I have choice and control as to how I will behave and respond (instead of react), and that being aware of my body movement and breath is always a place I can come back to, to centre and ground myself.