State of Being is a Melbourne-based not-for-profit organisation. We are innovators in community-centred and trauma-sensitive yoga programming. Our approach connects community organisations and groups with skilled, experienced yoga facilitators who are dedicated to high-quality and responsive programming. Our programs integrate mindfulness, movement and self-care strategies for both client and staff cohorts, and we are committed to programming that is both evidence-informed, and meets community needs.
Our programs utilise strengths-based, trauma-informed and somatic practices. Our approach is gender and culturally responsive, and we integrate action-research into the design of all interventions.
State of Being programs utilise somatic techniques and practices, including mindful movement, body scans, inquiry and 'noticing'. Whilst many of our programs include traditional yoga forms and sequences, facilitation tends to less alignment-based, and more sensory-led, with a focus on inner sensations and interoception.
State of Being programs integrate a strengths-based approach, recognising that everyone has skills, strengths and capabilities, as well as unique needs and experiences. By integrating a strengths-based approach, Program Facilitators are committed to providing a 'safer space' for participants to explore sensations, choice-making and embodiment.
GENDER AND CULTURALLY RESPONSIVE
Our programs are designed to reflect the gender and cultural needs of both clients and organisational staff who access our services. In designing gender and culturally responsive programs, State of Being seeks and integrates client and partner organisation input into the design, delivery and governance of programs.
State of Being programs are designed utilising current best-practice research and evidence from the fields of yoga, mindfulness, trauma studies, neuroscience and somatics. We internally monitor and evaluate our programs, integrating client and staff feedback into future design and delivery.
Trauma-informed yoga acknowledges the neurological impacts of trauma (physical, emotional, psychological, complex), and the high instances of survivors experiencing a disconnection from their physical bodies. This approach to yoga is people-centred and explorative – the focus is on what is felt, noticing the sensations, and learning to make choices that begin to rebuild trust between body and mind. As trauma is a normal human experience, we believe that this approach has the potential to be useful for everyone.