THERAPIST TIPS FOR SENSORY YOGA FEELING WHEEL

1.  Encourage the client to be spontaneous when making up the sensory yoga feeling wheel and the positive thoughts. The therapist might ask, “what are some things that you like to do?”
2.  Help students to think of activities that involve a somatic experience. For an example, the therapist can say, “I like how my body feels when I sing, run or bowl.” Then ask the child “What do you enjoy doing that makes your body feel good? Aim for responses that are more about “being and doing” than related to passively watching screens.
3.  Add in favorite sensory modalities, deep pressure, vibration, movement.

Somatic Exercises for Trauma
When working with clients with trauma, the hand mudras and Pranayama exercises are very helpful. You may like to try with clients Activity: Breathe with Embodied Cueing. Give cues to breathe into the abdomen and organs. Suggested activities for a one-on-one session are found throughout the book.
•  Guided imagery.
•  Slow seated chair Vinyasa.
•  Hand mudra: Tulip.
•  Savasana (Sponge pose).
•  1-2 minute holding of Restorative poses only. Long holds are not indicated for a trauma client. (Legs on Wall).

Tick-Tock How Slow is your Clock. (Explore the Pelvic Floor)
In this exercise we explore how the body feels moving slowly and shifting weight through the pelvic bones. This is a powerful activity and can bring up feelings especially if you are moving slowly. It can also help with joint discomfort as it unlocks emotional holding. Working slowly can open us emotionally and is grounding. Exploring the pelvic floor and diaphragm is relaxing and helps us to let go of muscular tension. On a chair, pretend you are sitting on a clock. Recognize where the 12, 6, 3, 9 would be located.
•  Put hands on hips, and feel the large bones of the two pelvic halves.
•  Notice the “sitz bones” or ischial tuberosity, the bony prominence at the bottom of the hipbone, which you are sitting on.
•  Gently rock between 3 and 9 o’clock to feel where the sitz bones are located.
•  Gently move in the diagonal from 1 to 7 and 11 to 5.
•  Gently move slowly around the entire clock, starting at 12 clockwise.
•  Use the equal breath to slow down the breathing and bring focused awareness as feelings surface.
•  Refer to the Golden Ray meditation, guided imagery or heart meditation.
•  Check in with the client about any feelings that might arise from tuning into the pelvic floor which holds many emotions.