If there is one subject I can’t get enough of, it’s the benefits of yoga for healing trauma. Yoga, using a trauma-informed approach, is so incredibly healing for trauma survivors in helping resolve what remains unsettled in mind, body, heart and spirit. I was recently interviewed for the Podcast, Changing the Face of Yoga, to share my trauma and yoga knowledge. Click here to listen.
Statistics show that approximately 8% of Americans meet the diagnostic criteria for PTSD at any given time, that means that in a yoga class of 25 students, two of them are meeting the criteria for PTSD. That being said, the list of criteria for meeting the diagnosis is very strict and involves not only timing but number of trauma reactions (symptoms) that must be present. There are many people struggling with multiple trauma reactions that do not meet the criteria for PTSD, but they are struggling in the aftermath of trauma all the same. With this knowledge we can understand that while in a class of 25 students, approximately two will meet the actual PTSD criteria, there are many others who are experiencing trauma reactions but do not qualify for the diagnosis.
It is so important that yoga teachers have Trauma-Sensitive knowledge when the prevalence is so high. Especially because yoga has been researched and proven to be extremely healing for trauma survivors. To learn why, listen here.