Getting Started

Welcome! This week is dedicated getting oriented to the Reclaim Your Body course material. Let’s begin by creating space in your life for the course and figuring out the logistics. This will ensure that you get the most out of our time together. Perhaps spend the next 30 minutes grounding into this new commitment and your intention for the course.

Practical things to consider

  1. Perhaps pull out your calendar. Is there a weekly time slot when you can dedicate 1-2 hours to this course? Go ahead and plug in about 1-2 hours in your calendar for each class over the next 10 weeks.

  2. The live group calls will be from 10 - 11:30am on Wed July 3, July 24, Aug 14 & Sept 4th. Perhaps add these times to your calendar now. If you can’t make the call in person, can you plan a time to watch the replay?

  3. Do you learn through reading? Perhaps order the book Overcoming Trauma Through Yoga online, or find it at a local bookstore. If you are an auditory learner, you can also get the audiobook version.

  4. Maybe choose an empty journal that you can use for this course. When you are ready, you can begin reflecting on your intentions for the course using the journal questions below.

Journal Questions

  1. Consider your relationship to your body so far. What themes do you notice? 

  2. Is there anything that you experience in your body that you would call a “trauma response”? How do you know when this is happening? 

  3. What kind of relationship would you love to have with your body? What do you think is possible? 

  4. What are your intentions for this course?

Preparing to practice

Setting up space to practice: You may want to create a little space to move. I recommend choosing a place where you can have some quiet and privacy and will not be interrupted for the hour that you are practicing. You are welcome to use a yoga mat but you don't need one. You can also support yourself by gathering pillows, blankets or a chair to use during your practice.

Setting up time to practice: Even though you can watch the recording at any time, I recommend making a consistent place and time for your practice each week so that you are tuning in with your body on a consistent and rhythmic basis.

Movement Practice

Now is a great time to try the practice out in your body! We will do our first extended movement practice together during our group call on Wednesday. For now, you may try one of these shorter practices to see what it feels like in your body. You don't need any special space or outfit to do these practices. All you need is clothing that is comfortable for you to move in and a little space on the floor or in a chair.

Sitting Practice (10 mins)

Standing Practice (10 mins)

Great job!

Hopefully now you feel more oriented to the course and have a good idea of what to expect. If you have any questions, or if you want to share your intention with me, please email me at hello@kelseygustafson.com. I look forward to gathering with you for our first group call on Wednesday.