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ok. so I’m still on this. when my mentor @dr.thema was doing her thing in the flow this fell out of her and onto me. IT IS RADICAL TO BE BLACK AND STILL. what is the function of being busy? distraction, avoidance, feeling important or valuable because people see you doing all the things...and what is the detriment? lack of presence, meaninglessness, burnout, disconnect with self, collusion...and and and. there is healing in stillness, in presence, in saying no I can’t, in returning to yourself, and perhaps is the most powerful rebellion of all. #beradical #bestill #returntoyourself #embodiedtruthhealing #drshena #drthema #oakland #inglewood #minoritymentalhealthmonth #rebelle #stillness #psychology #psychologytoday #blackmentalhealth #peopleofcolor #womenofcolor #queerpeopleofcolor #abpsi

2018-07-03 21:09

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ok. so I’m still on this. when my mentor @dr.thema was doing her thing in the flow this fell out of her and onto me. IT IS RADICAL TO BE BLACK AND STILL. what is the function of being busy distraction, avoidance, feeling important or valuable because people see you doing all the things...and what is the detriment lack of presence, meaninglessness, burnout, disconnect with self, collusion...and and and. there is healing in stillness, in presence, in saying no I can’t, in returning to yourself, and perhaps is the most powerful rebellion of all. #beradical #bestill #returntoyourself #embodiedtruthhealing #drshena #drthema #oakland #inglewood #minoritymentalhealthmonth #rebelle #stillness #psychology #psychologytoday #blackmentalhealth #peopleofcolor #womenofcolor #queerpeopleofcolor #abpsi

on strong and broad shoulders I stand. what an honor it was to be invited to co-present with two of my mentors and women @dr.thema @soulfulness4life who have blazed the trail that I might be able to do this work. our presentation at the Association of Black Psychologists 50th anniversary conference, discussed african centered meditation, mindfulness, and body inclusivity as contemplative practices. I was elated to speak to my work with black women as a body inclusive psychologist, trauma informed yoga teacher, and healer. thanks to everyone in the room for your warmth and witnessing. #abpsi #abpsi2018 #oakland #embodiedtruthhealing #drshena #womenofcolor #minoritymentalhealthmonth #psychology #psychologytoday #losangeles #traumainformedyoga #traumainformedcare #mentalhealth #peopleofcolor #fortheculture #truth #healer #africanawomanism #survivor

2018-07-02 20:37

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on strong and broad shoulders I stand. what an honor it was to be invited to co-present with two of my mentors and women @dr.thema @soulfulness4life who have blazed the trail that I might be able to do this work. our presentation at the Association of Black Psychologists 50th anniversary conference, discussed african centered meditation, mindfulness, and body inclusivity as contemplative practices. I was elated to speak to my work with black women as a body inclusive psychologist, trauma informed yoga teacher, and healer. thanks to everyone in the room for your warmth and witnessing. #abpsi #abpsi2018 #oakland #embodiedtruthhealing #drshena #womenofcolor #minoritymentalhealthmonth #psychology #psychologytoday #losangeles #traumainformedyoga #traumainformedcare #mentalhealth #peopleofcolor #fortheculture #truth #healer #africanawomanism #survivor

this. when your attraction to nouns maintains illusion... #nouns #truth #maryamhasnaa #embodiedtruthhealing #drshena #inglewood #oakland #losangelespsychologist

2018-07-01 03:37

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this. when your attraction to nouns maintains illusion... #nouns #truth #maryamhasnaa #embodiedtruthhealing #drshena #inglewood #oakland #losangelespsychologist

remembering how important representation and walking in my truth is healing for others. what an honor to be invited to share some of my story as a woman of color doing this work. thank you @monakahlo for seeing me, @giazus for your vision and passion and my beautiful co-panelists @ayresnouveau @advokateme ✨ immense gratitude to @urbanoutfitters and @space15twenty for sharing such important space. 📷 @lotusinaseaoffire 💕 #embodiedtruthhealing #livingintruth #truthmoment #womanofcolor #womanist #drshena #losangelespsychologist #losangeles #space15twenty #urbanoutfitters #womenofcolor #therealest #lategram

2018-06-29 02:17

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remembering how important representation and walking in my truth is healing for others. what an honor to be invited to share some of my story as a woman of color doing this work. thank you @monakahlo for seeing me, @giazus for your vision and passion and my beautiful co-panelists @ayresnouveau @advokateme ✨ immense gratitude to @urbanoutfitters and @space15twenty for sharing such important space. 📷 @lotusinaseaoffire 💕 #embodiedtruthhealing #livingintruth #truthmoment #womanofcolor #womanist #drshena #losangelespsychologist #losangeles #space15twenty #urbanoutfitters #womenofcolor #therealest #lategram

| truth moment | at first thought, you might be like, duh because I love them. and for many of us that might be where it ends. but for the rest of us, doing and showing up for others might be more complicated. for those of us that have some abandonment wounds, experiencing living losses are just too painful. so we use our skillz to keep people close, not because they offer meaningful connection but because it feels better to have people around than not. naturally, these relationships can feel imbalanced and are often times draining. you might find yourself thinking ‘if I don’t do this thing for this person’ or ‘if I say no they might not want to be friends with me anymore.’ this is being in relationship with your wounds and can be especially hurtful because it affirms beliefs that your worth is determined by how much you do for others. #truthmoment #truth #embodiedtruthhealing #therealest #mentalhealth #womenofcolor #codependency #dothework #losangelespsychologist

2018-06-28 17:54

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| truth moment | at first thought, you might be like, duh because I love them. and for many of us that might be where it ends. but for the rest of us, doing and showing up for others might be more complicated. for those of us that have some abandonment wounds, experiencing living losses are just too painful. so we use our skillz to keep people close, not because they offer meaningful connection but because it feels better to have people around than not. naturally, these relationships can feel imbalanced and are often times draining. you might find yourself thinking ‘if I don’t do this thing for this person’ or ‘if I say no they might not want to be friends with me anymore.’ this is being in relationship with your wounds and can be especially hurtful because it affirms beliefs that your worth is determined by how much you do for others. #truthmoment #truth #embodiedtruthhealing #therealest #mentalhealth #womenofcolor #codependency #dothework #losangelespsychologist

We don't just arrive, we become. We all start from somewhere and sometimes we start from the same place multiple times. There's no shame in that. Resist the seduction of thinking you have to be somewhere--to be in the outcome. It is in the process that we arrive. It is a deliberate choice and intention to keep showing up. It is patience in the unfolding and leaning into the unknown. It is self compassion in the painful moments and humility in the space created. This is how yoga changed my life. Happy international yoga day!!🧘🏽‍♀️ 🧘🏽‍♀️🧘🏽‍♀️ #internationalyogaday #thisisthework #embodiedtruthhealing #drshena # #yogaeverydamnday #yogaismorethanaworkout #la #losangeles #resist #blackgirlyoga #inglewood #makeitgrow #onbecoming #surviving #mentalhealth #losangelespsychogist 📷 @ritualtarot

2018-06-21 21:12

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We don't just arrive, we become. We all start from somewhere and sometimes we start from the same place multiple times. There's no shame in that. Resist the seduction of thinking you have to be somewhere--to be in the outcome. It is in the process that we arrive. It is a deliberate choice and intention to keep showing up. It is patience in the unfolding and leaning into the unknown. It is self compassion in the painful moments and humility in the space created. This is how yoga changed my life. Happy international yoga day!!🧘🏽‍♀️ 🧘🏽‍♀️🧘🏽‍♀️ #internationalyogaday #thisisthework #embodiedtruthhealing #drshena # #yogaeverydamnday #yogaismorethanaworkout #la #losangeles #resist #blackgirlyoga #inglewood #makeitgrow #onbecoming #surviving #mentalhealth #losangelespsychogist 📷 @ritualtarot

I hope you pour your heart out. ‘this is america’ traumatizing children & families. #inhumane #disgusting #alltoofamiliar #keepfamiliestogether #thisisamerica #thisisnotnew #soundsoftrauma

2018-06-20 20:58

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I hope you pour your heart out. ‘this is america’ traumatizing children & families. #inhumane #disgusting #alltoofamiliar #keepfamiliestogether #thisisamerica #thisisnotnew #soundsoftrauma

So nice to wake up to this! Thank you @voyagelamag for featuring me in LAs most inspiring stories. And thank you for honoring the healing that comes in sharing/authoring personal narrative. Check it out and lmk what you think, link in bio! #voyagela #embodiedtruthhealing #drshenayoung #sunshine #Iamlight #storytellingishealing #losangelespsychologist #peopleofcolor #psychologytoday #survivor #traumainformed #womenofcolor #bodyinclusive #poetsofinstagram #traumainformedyoga #blackpsychologist

2018-06-20 17:05

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So nice to wake up to this! Thank you @voyagelamag for featuring me in LAs most inspiring stories. And thank you for honoring the healing that comes in sharing/authoring personal narrative. Check it out and lmk what you think, link in bio! #voyagela #embodiedtruthhealing #drshenayoung #sunshine #Iamlight #storytellingishealing #losangelespsychologist #peopleofcolor #psychologytoday #survivor #traumainformed #womenofcolor #bodyinclusive #poetsofinstagram #traumainformedyoga #blackpsychologist

| truth moment | I didn’t realize I had been angry until I felt the spaciousness it left behind. I spent a lot of time making sure I didn’t take up too much emotional space as a child, you know, ‘be seen, not heard.’ in many ways it was a survival thing to navigate my ‘home’ spaces. there simply wasn’t enough room for me to have emotions that reflected pain, sadness, anger, rebellion, or independence. be small and/or attend to the experience of others were the implied expectations. and so I did and I did it well. so well that i forgot how to BE angry. as an adult i’m realizing how important it is to give myself permission to feel, to swell, to move through. it is my experience that suppressing anger sometimes means compromising my boundaries and can lead to that old familiar pattern of taking care of others. sometimes it has also meant over-explaining myself because i don’t want to be misunderstood. 
it’s profound, when i remembered my anger, i realized that it’s really about the emotions beneath it...the frustration, disappointment, hurt, fear. when i remembered my anger, i was able to take care of the little girl inside, to make space for her emotional experience, to take care of her without the consequences of before, to stop explaining myself. and i realized, it’s impossible to explain the emotions of the ocean. and that created space, space inside and spaces outside with people who see me who tell me to be seen, to be big, to be heard. 
 #embodiedocean #wavesliketheocean #imwavy #stillworkingonit #workinprogress #intouchwithmyanger #beseenbeheard #angerisnotmyenemy #shoutouttothelittlegirlinside #spacious #truthmoment #embodiedtruthhealing #losangelespsychologist #therealest #drshenayoung #blackgirlmagic #mentalhealth #womenofcolor 📷 @kelleyraye_

2018-06-13 23:16

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| truth moment | I didn’t realize I had been angry until I felt the spaciousness it left behind. I spent a lot of time making sure I didn’t take up too much emotional space as a child, you know, ‘be seen, not heard.’ in many ways it was a survival thing to navigate my ‘home’ spaces. there simply wasn’t enough room for me to have emotions that reflected pain, sadness, anger, rebellion, or independence. be small and/or attend to the experience of others were the implied expectations. and so I did and I did it well. so well that i forgot how to BE angry. as an adult i’m realizing how important it is to give myself permission to feel, to swell, to move through. it is my experience that suppressing anger sometimes means compromising my boundaries and can lead to that old familiar pattern of taking care of others. sometimes it has also meant over-explaining myself because i don’t want to be misunderstood. it’s profound, when i remembered my anger, i realized that it’s really about the emotions beneath it...the frustration, disappointment, hurt, fear. when i remembered my anger, i was able to take care of the little girl inside, to make space for her emotional experience, to take care of her without the consequences of before, to stop explaining myself. and i realized, it’s impossible to explain the emotions of the ocean. and that created space, space inside and spaces outside with people who see me who tell me to be seen, to be big, to be heard. #embodiedocean #wavesliketheocean #imwavy #stillworkingonit #workinprogress #intouchwithmyanger #beseenbeheard #angerisnotmyenemy #shoutouttothelittlegirlinside #spacious #truthmoment #embodiedtruthhealing #losangelespsychologist #therealest #drshenayoung #blackgirlmagic #mentalhealth #womenofcolor 📷 @kelleyraye_

suffering is real. time is sacred. you matter. what you say matters. seeing someone, really seeing them can be the moment that holds them. | thinking of anyone who has considered suicide, of anyone who has lost someone to suicide, and anyone who feels unseen. | 
 #iseeyou #1800273TALK #seesomeone #mentalhealthmatters #losangelespsychologist #embodiedtruthhealing #blackmentalhealthmatters

2018-06-08 21:24

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suffering is real. time is sacred. you matter. what you say matters. seeing someone, really seeing them can be the moment that holds them. | thinking of anyone who has considered suicide, of anyone who has lost someone to suicide, and anyone who feels unseen. | #iseeyou #1800273TALK #seesomeone #mentalhealthmatters #losangelespsychologist #embodiedtruthhealing #blackmentalhealthmatters

what is trauma informed yoga? you may have been wondering about this as it’s gaining buzz...this is good for all of us who have survived something difficult, something that violated our sense of power and choice. in my opinion, any helping professional/healer in any discipline should be grounded in trauma informed principles, but nobody asked me *steps down from soap box*. trauma informed practices consider the many ways traumatic experiences continue to impact us beyond the lived experience of trauma, whether it was a one time experience or an ongoing/multiple occurrence. it acknowledges the numerous known and unanticipated ways a survivor can be triggered in any moment...being touched by a yoga teacher without permission for example. this has happened to me countless times. 
trauma informed yoga considers the complexity and sensitivity of a survivor’s experience and offers a practice that supports connection with intuition, mindful presence in the body, and reclamation of power through making choices with the body in the moment. it is healing on the mat that eventually shows up in lived experience off the mat, in the body, in spirit, and in relationship. if you’d like to know more, join me this friday, 6/8 630-830 pm @greentreeyogala for a presentation about tiy followed by a yoga practice, link in bio for tickets. NO PERSONAL DISCLOSURES OF TRAUMA OR YOGA EXPERIENCE REQUIRED! and if you’re really feeling inspired, my good sister friend Zabie @transcending_trauma_with_yoga still has a few spots left in her trauma informed yoga training later this month, check her out.
📷 @kelleyraye_ #traumainformed #traumainformedyoga #embodiedtruthhealing #womenofcolor
 #peopleofcolor #women #psychologytoday #mentalhealth #therapy
 #losangelespsychologist #losangelestherapist #traumainformed
 #mentalhealthmatters #therealest
 #drshenayoung

2018-06-06 18:02

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what is trauma informed yoga you may have been wondering about this as it’s gaining buzz...this is good for all of us who have survived something difficult, something that violated our sense of power and choice. in my opinion, any helping professional/healer in any discipline should be grounded in trauma informed principles, but nobody asked me *steps down from soap box*. trauma informed practices consider the many ways traumatic experiences continue to impact us beyond the lived experience of trauma, whether it was a one time experience or an ongoing/multiple occurrence. it acknowledges the numerous known and unanticipated ways a survivor can be triggered in any moment...being touched by a yoga teacher without permission for example. this has happened to me countless times. trauma informed yoga considers the complexity and sensitivity of a survivor’s experience and offers a practice that supports connection with intuition, mindful presence in the body, and reclamation of power through making choices with the body in the moment. it is healing on the mat that eventually shows up in lived experience off the mat, in the body, in spirit, and in relationship. if you’d like to know more, join me this friday, 6/8 630-830 pm @greentreeyogala for a presentation about tiy followed by a yoga practice, link in bio for tickets. NO PERSONAL DISCLOSURES OF TRAUMA OR YOGA EXPERIENCE REQUIRED! and if you’re really feeling inspired, my good sister friend Zabie @transcending_trauma_with_yoga still has a few spots left in her trauma informed yoga training later this month, check her out. 📷 @kelleyraye_ #traumainformed #traumainformedyoga #embodiedtruthhealing #womenofcolor #peopleofcolor #women #psychologytoday #mentalhealth #therapy #losangelespsychologist #losangelestherapist #traumainformed #mentalhealthmatters #therealest #drshenayoung

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