Grounded Words

4.18.16

Earlier this week I participated in a project called The Art of Life After―a collaborative art and healing project for survivors of sexual violence. I led a workshop called "Grounded Words," which combined a few basic yoga postures, a bit of yogic philosophy, and a writing exercise designed to help expand the possibilities of what is sayable. Here is one of the hand-outs—my slightly un-Kosher drawing of the "koshas," which are a conception of the body's five layers. I particularly wanted to share the idea of the koshas with survivors of sexual trauma is because, according to yogic philosophy, the innermost layer of the body is not only made of joy, it is also untouchable and constant, so that no matter what happens to our outer "sheaths," the pure joy at the center of our beings remains invulnerable.