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We’re teaming up with Tough as Milk to bring trauma-informed yoga to our community

6-21-2018 Tough as Milk

Our trauma experts are always looking for new and innovative ways to help people feel better. Now, through a new partnership, that healing is coming from an unexpected place: a yoga mat.

We’re working with Tough as Milk, a local nonprofit that provides trauma-informed yoga and other wellness classes to survivors of domestic violence, to bring its services to the wider Cleveland community.

What is trauma-informed yoga? It’s specifically-designed exercise to help trauma survivors reconnect with themselves, both physically and mentally. Healing after a trauma is about more than repairing bodily injuries. In fact, for most survivors, mental and emotional healing can be the longest part of the process. That’s where trauma-informed yoga comes in. The classes guide participants through poses and movements that combine physical exercise with mental self-care in ways that might not be part of regular treatments and therapies.

Initially, Tough as Milk was created to work specifically with survivors of domestic violence staying in shelters throughout the area. But founder Bilyana Simonoski recognized right away that her classes could help an even wider group of people. “After Tough as Milk launched in shelters, it became clear that there was also a need for free, trauma-informed community classes as well,” she said.

Our Trauma Recovery Services team agreed, and now we’re hosting a series of community classes throughout the summer. In addition to free admission, participants can apply for free transportation and supplies like mats or workout clothes. The classes are open to the public, but registration is required.

The next class is Monday, July 2 from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. at our main campus. Click here for a full schedule, and to learn more about Tough as Milk. If you’re ready to register for upcoming classes, you can email or call 216-778-8199.

For more information about upcoming programs and events, follow Tough as Milk on Instagram and Facebook. Above photo courtesy of Nate Migel.