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“Art + Yoga + Trust” by Zabie Khorakiwala

Zabie Art Therapy

“I found that I could say things with color and shapes that I had no words for.”  – Georgia O’Keeffe

I facilitate an 8 week yoga as healing program for survivors of sexual trauma at the local rape crisis center in Orange County, CA and I am the founder of Transcending Sexual Violence through Yoga. For this class in particular, the art facilitator through the organization Art & Creativity for Healing, Inc., created custom canvas yoga mats so the survivors could paint within the comfort and support of their yoga mat.

There is nothing more powerful than the holistic benefits of painting abstractly the emotions that reside within you that sometimes you just do not have the words for. Now add the the component of painting within the four corners of a yoga mat that has provided unconditional support through the heart-wrenching process of healing from sexual trauma…*chills.* The survivors who participated in this series are the strongest, most amazingly resilient individuals I have ever come across. How I have been so blessed to be apart of their lives and healing process, I will never understand.

art heals. yoga heals. this is trust. this is the journey to heal.


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“The Kind With Sound” by Claire Aviles

I feel sorry for you. 
The room is dark and
she can’t see his smirk,
but she can feel it.

His breath quickens. It’s hot
against her neck.
Raspy. Desperate.

Let me go.

The bed frame knocks against the wall,
drowning out her voice.
Please don’t.

Please. Thin as tissue paper.
He ignores her pleading and
pins her arms firmly against her side.

She whimpers as he breaks her, then
falls silent and listens
to his panting,
to the frantic pounding in her ears,
to the bed frame, knocking against the wall.

She presses her forearms against his chest,
slides out from underneath his weight,
and falls to the floor.

Going somewhere?
She can hear his smirk again.
She tries to run, but her legs
have new weight. She’s frozen.
I’m not done with you yet.

The worst kind of flashback
is the kind with sound.

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