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Our Story

Our Mission is to use neuroscience and yoga to create healing worldwide; educating, advocating, inspiring, and training individuals in the TRY method of yoga science.

In 2016, the TRY Method was created by Joyce and Darwin Bosen in the US, carefully pieced together with the help of Dr. Nicole Anders of the Las Vegas VA to treat Joyce's PTSD following the tragic death of her son. When doctors saw that Joyce's symptoms were drastically improving because of her practicing this method, they asked her to teach to other survivors, which evolved into Trauma Recovery Yoga.

The method has now been taught all around the world to survivors of all types of trauma, and the impact is profound, as research now shows.

TRY Global is based in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, and was founded in 2021 by Brenda Hershey, formerly TRY's Director of Community Engagement. After several years of humanitarian work with displaced populations in the region, she noticed the complete absence of mind-body methods and holistic support for people who survived unimaginable tragedies and were still navigating lives of poverty. TRY Global was birthed out of this need to help these vulnerable populations find a sense of peace and safety in their minds and bodies by incorporating the body in their recovery and educating them on the science and psychology behind the method.

The TRY Global team now serves survivors of the Yazidi genocide, orphans, Syrian refugees, handicapped and elderly individuals, vulnerable host community members, local humanitarians, and more.

About the TRY Method

 What makes the TRY method unique is its grounding in neuroscience and understanding of how the brain processes trauma. Studies show that, in addition to top-down approaches (talk therapy), a bottom-up approach (somatic therapy) is necessary to fully process unresolved traumas- that's where TRY comes in. 

 

Containing much more than yoga postures, it integrates many carefully thought out, researched and proven techniques in a very specific yoga sequence that inspires a feeling of safety and connection. The method is easily adapted to be accessible to all levels young and old, including chair- or bed-bound individuals.

The method is comprised of techniques that with regular practice will help those suffering from insomnia, anxiety, panic attacks, suicidal thoughts, shallow breath, social anxiety, hypervigilance, involuntary thoughts, flashbacks and other effects of trauma being held in the body. These techniques are delivered in a yoga flow that helps to rebalance the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous systems, bringing about an overall feeling of wellbeing.

Each posture has been carefully selected; many common postures have been banned from this method as they were found to be too vulnerable or triggering to be effective for trauma. The instructor always begins with a very clear explanation of what to expect. Predictability is key to helping those who have found the world to be unpredictable. Our instructor practices with the class and has very specific training on what words to use and not to use, setting up the space, and what touch is appropriate for these vulnerable populations.  The use of music and incense is strictly prohibited during our practices.

The instructor guides as they teach, using constant and deliberate verbal cues we have named “micro-cues” to keep the attention of the student away from the mind chatter that plagues the mind post trauma. These cues not only guide the body but the mind and spirit of the students.  The method incorporates self-regulation instruction, breath, gaze point, visualizations, and affirmations. Our mission is not to avoid all triggers, which would be impossible, but to lower the risk of triggers and to help people find a resource for safety when they are triggered. If they can do this on the mat, they can do this in the world. The method concludes with a very comfortable guided meditation, with permission to sit up, lay down, eyes open or closed. The intention is to feel safe and embrace this body scan method to reconnect the disassociated body to the mind and spirit of the student.

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