We normally try not to post things that aren’t directly related to sexual assault, but we wanted to share this: in Kaelyn’s journey of healing, yoga has been hugely instrumental.
In her words:
"After I was assaulted, one of the biggest “side-effects” was a severe disconnect from my body. I was ashamed of myself and I took that shame out on my body. I also suffered from “body memories”, flashbacks that felt as though I was being touched or hurt. I would completely disconnect my mind from my body as if I could run away from myself.
I found yoga about 3 years after being assaulted and I can honestly say it has saved my life. It made me recognize my body’s boundaries and through that recognition I began to love my body again. I realized that our bodies are endlessly fascinating; they are powerful, capable and deserve respect and compassion.
As I began to the physical practice alongside the philosophical one I stopped hating my past - my story - and grew to accept and appreciate what it had offered me. I am grateful and shocked by my ability to recover and grow. Yoga became and has remained constant for me - when everything else seemed to be falling apart, I always had my practice.”
She has recently begun teaching yoga, and wants to be able to help others the way her teachers and her practice has helped her. If you are based on Cape Cod and have an interest in coming to one of her classes, the schedule is here.
If you are not based in MA but would like information on beginning a practice, you can send Kaelyn an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and she will be happy to help you.