“Natasha Ellis is a naturally, easy-going person with a youthful spirit and an old soul that is full of personal wisdom. Professionally, she has many interests that she cultivated over the years including becoming a Certified Broadcast Media Artist, Stand Up Comic, Acting, Peer Support Specialist, and a Recovery Coach. However, the primary interest that leads her to her work with survivors of trauma is her training as a Laughter Yoga Leader.”
Email: EllisN2005@yahoo.com | Phone: 734-772-8640 | Practice Location: Canton, MI
About Natasha Ellis
I have been practicing Laughter Yoga for 3 years and earned my teaching certificate two years ago. I have primarily worked with businesses and groups and now my intention is to work with more people on a one-on-one basis. Laughter Yoga has greatly enhanced my personal recovery as a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, rape and having had a mental illness diagnosis. Laughter Yoga has reduced my stress level and anxieties and increased my social interaction and mindset. During my time experiencing abuse and trauma, one of the things that kept me going was my natural sense of humor – so it was no surprise that I would be orientated towards Laughter Yoga. One of the worst things that trauma does is that it steals our inner joy and Laughter Yoga can help to reclaim that joy.
Professionally, my experience in working with sexual trauma survivors comes from my training and work as a Certified Peer Support Specialist. Additionally, I am a volunteer with Haven Shelter, which is a nonprofit organization for survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence. Ninety percent of the clients I serve at the agencies and clinics where I work and volunteer are trauma survivors.
My Interest in Working with Survivors
I am interested in working with survivors because I am a survivor, too. Having been through abuse myself, I have insight into what it is to survive and ultimately, to thrive after trauma. I have a passion for Laughter Yoga and want to see survivors find paths to reclaim joy in their lives and enhance their total well-being.
My treatment modality is Laughter Yoga which is an exercise routine that combines the deep yogic breathing of traditional yoga along with laughter exercises. Some of the foundational concepts of the Laughter Yoga practice are:
- Whether we are laughing for real or through a laughter exercise our brain cannot tell the difference and we still get the benefits of laughter.
- Deep Breathing Practices support and improve our mind and body.
- Laughter Yoga is not based on jokes or humor, it’s about creating joy in our inner environment by laughing, clapping, singing, dancing, and playfulness.
- The practice of Laughter Yoga impacts all aspects of the person – body, mind and spirit
My Approach to Trauma-Informed Care
Providing trauma informed care means when I am providing a service to someone that there is dignity and respect for what happened to the individual. I am also well-versed on how to manage triggers and the range of responses a person may experience or that may surface during a session due to the trauma they survived.
How My Practice Holistically Address the Impacts of Sexual Violence
One of the impacts of trauma is it shuts us down emotionally and cuts us off from our ability for joy. Laughter yoga is a healthy coping skill and healing modality to begin to open us up again once we have reached a place in the healing process where we seek this kind of opening.
There is no need to modify Laughter Yoga because it is conducive and well-adapted to the needs of survivors of trauma.
Additional Areas of Interest/Expertise
I have been trained and educated on how to provide service for mental health, substance abuse, and trauma support within the LGBTQ community.
I am able to offer a sliding-scale.