Yulia Azriel is a Bloomington yogini who runs Gentle Heart Yoga and Wellness in Bloomington, IN. She regularly offers wellness retreats along with her husband, Gabriel Lantz.

Yulia intended to lead yoga at one of my retreats, but our schedules didn’t match up. Instead, she created this amazing video so that all of my students can continue their trauma work from home with a reusable grounding tool. Originally, it was going to be shared only with class participants, but Yulia is the gentle heart she named her business for, and she asked if I would like her to make this public so that everyone can benefit.

Of course I would!

I will have an interview with Yulia on my site at a future date. For now, let me say that her yoga style brings you deep into body awareness and relaxation. Yulia always offers a safe space. When you follow her instruction, let go of self-consciousness and allow her to support you as you reconnect.

Use this video before and after any stirring writing session.

For another grounding option, see my post on relief objects. Feel free to keep an object or totem with you as you move through these yoga poses. Bring it to your writing space as a way to keep “grounding” with you.

How do you ground yourself when you write on difficult topics?

Shawna Ayoub

Shawna Ayoub is an essayist, fiction writer, poet and instructor with an MFA in creative writing from Indiana University. Some of her work has been published in The Manifest-Station, Role Reboot, [wherever], The Huffington Post, The Oxford Review and Exit 7. Her writing explores the intersections of race, place and survivorship. She writes with honesty about her own experience in order to transform pain.

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