I teach people who may have a hard time being with their body, experiencing their body, and connecting with their body, how to do those things, because everyone has the right to learn who to move their body as a form of self care.

If you like reading things like:
Why Yoga Can Be Triggering For Trauma Survivors
How to Create a Trauma-Sensitive Home Exercise Routine
The Holiday Calm Series

Then you might be keen to read my book:

I also write poetry and creative nonfiction and occasionally share that work here. Learn more about my own path as a poet, which starts when I was locked out of my house in pajamas.

Holiday Calm

Part of an 8-week series of practical exercises and skill building to support your mental health throughout the holiday season

We know mindfulness can help with stress, anxiety, self-awareness, and sleep but during this holidays it’s so hard to find the time!

For the first two installments of Holiday Calm, you focused on creating space to tend to yourself during the holidays by quieting your inner critic and learning to recognize your boundaries. …

Holiday Calm

Part of an 8-week series of practical exercises and skill building to support your mental health throughout the holiday season

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Have you felt overwhelmed by the holidays yet? I know I have. Maybe you’re spacing out more than usual? Or, each time you sit down to handle a particular task you say to yourself, “I can’t,” even though you know that you are perfectly capable of doing it? Or maybe…

Holiday Calm

Part of an 8-week series of practical exercises and skill building to support your mental health throughout the holiday season

I am prone to anxiety and over the course of my life I have repeatedly been instructed to “JUST RELAX” or “CALM DOWN” and then told to,“take a deep breath.” As I write I can conjure up the tight voice of my always impatient inner-critic saying, “Laura, don’t be like…

Family, memory, and how to make a nice pot of long-grain rice every time

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About once per week I make one medium-sized pot of long-grain, white rice. With light, distinct, and at times delightfully aromatic grains, long-grain rice is lovely to eat fresh out of the pot. I also like to keep leftovers in my fridge because it is an easy going food. It…

Holiday Calm

An 8-week series of practical exercises and skill building to support your mental health throughout the holiday season

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Every holiday season we receive the well-intentioned advice from social media, wellness professionals, and good friends “to honor your boundaries.” And this makes sense because in November and December many of us find ourselves navigating tricky conversations at family, work, or school gatherings. Also you might face financial pressures to…

Holiday Calm

An 8-week series of practical exercises and skill building to support your mental health throughout the holiday season

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I love the holidays even though they can take a toll on our overall wellbeing. Along with sleigh bells and snow themed festivities often comes a greater demand our time, energy, and money. For many, myself included, the holidays are rife with triggers. In fact, a study conducted by the…

Holiday Calm

A two-month series of practical exercises and skills building to support your mental-health through the upcoming holiday season

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According to big box stores , my publisher, and social media strategists, the holidays are fast approaching. Unpurchased candy bowls festooned with jack-o-latern faces and witch hats trimmed glitter that haven’t sold yet are on deep discount at craft stores. Home and hardware stores are selling everything you need to…

Mind Your Body

A trauma informed personal trainer answers your questions about trauma and exercise

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Today I am answering a question I have been getting over and over again in my direct messages on social media and email from personal trainers and group fitness instructors—

Q: Are there any certification programs you recommend for trauma informed strength or personal training?

A: I am excited to…

Laura Khoudari

Trauma-informed personal trainer and author of Lifting Heavy Things.

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