Kaiut yoga is an excellent way to source body memories. Somatics teaches us that the body has a story, or, the story has a body! While at the teacher training in Toronto, my left hip constrictions led me to the memory of my fathers sudden death when I was a two year old. Mom and I fought whenever I had to take naps. I was too afraid to close my eyes after my Dad’s sudden death; she didn’t know that, and I would tantrum myself to sleep in the nap room. Later she would come in and close my eyelids. I have worked with this event over many years; however, today a new layer surfaced during yoga and brought relief to some very deep hip pain.
Body Memories can find resolution in Kaiut Yoga
As a somatic psychologist, I know the body will process and integrate when it is the right timing with the right support. In Body-Mind Centering, we call that “sitting in the synapse.” This means that the chemicals of an event will be taken up through the synapses when there is enough overall support for the bodymind to process the event. Prior to that it will store in the tissues.
Kaiut yoga guides you to go slowly and deliberately toward joint restrictions, adding subtle movement. It is mostly non-weight bearing without postures, using the support of bolster and floor for feedback. You work from the inside out, with directional guidance, such as “flex your ankle.” Meanwhile you are working to both relax and effort; proprioception feedback through the joint structure, while relaxing defensive protection.
Relief in restrictions holding Body Memories
I know in my body that I find more ease in body tissue when the emotions move through without overwhelm. Today I am celebrating with gratitude the memory that freed itself and got held in my heart. My 2 year old terror at seeing my mom collapse in grief. Finally understood as a moment in time, not a holding in my hip.
Body Memories and children
Even babies can have body memories from birth. The good news is we don’t always have to “know” or remember the event. Learning to follow the body sensations can bring it to the surface for healing. Get support as a parent to discover these “listening ways” for parenting well. Online sessions available.
Spirit and Body Memories
We are complex creatures, and the body, mind, and spirit are part of our nature. When we work deeply with the body, have the support to give context to experiences, especially pre-cognitive early events, we can release and integrate.
For more on early memory and somatic work, see my books
Birth’s Hidden Legacy. They are filled with case studies, reflections, theory, and treatment tools for integrating pre-cognitive experiences at a deep somatic level.