Trauma is stored visually and viscerally, within the body.
The benefits of yoga therapy for trauma and PTSD:
We must approach and befriend the body to move through trauma (literally, move through it)! This frame of thought is now common knowledge within the mental health world. I have found it exciting to witness the evolution within scientific research that supports yoga as an effective healing modality in the aftermath of trauma. As trauma affects our internal systems on a physiological and somatic level, the gentle, awakening movements of yoga allow the residual tension to be released. Yoga is a practice of mindfulness, acceptance, patience and self-compassion- all transformational tools along a path to total well-being.
While many forms of yoga focus on physical alignment, the intention behind the style of yoga therapy I provide is to inspire an internal and emotional alignment- a sense of balance and equilibrium within the body and mind. A feeling of whole-body calmness and well-being. Yoga Therapy embraces the process of letting go of tension and the thoughts and feelings that cause you grief. And when this is not yet possible, Yoga Therapy teaches you that you can tolerate discomfort in the present moment. In this way Yoga Therapy becomes a self-regulation and distress tolerance tool.
Breathwork, mindfulness meditation, and physical yoga poses lay the groundwork for Yoga Therapy. Yoga Therapy is an excellent complement to talk-therapy, and is also incredibly beneficial on its own. Therapeutic yoga can teach patience and trust, and in turn, improve our relationships with ourselves and others.
Three ways to practice Yoga Therapy at your request:
(1) Within the talk therapy session- we can do yoga exercises (including breathwork and meditation) throughout the session, sometimes while talking, sometimes in silence, to enhance the session and “feel what the body is saying”
(2) “Yoga Topper”- this means we’ll spend the full 50 minutes doing talk therapy (TF-CBT, DBT, etc) and then we’ll spend additional time at the end practicing yoga
(3) Stand-alone Yoga Therapy- some clients don’t want to talk much and want a full 50 minutes of Yoga Therapy (this is like a one-on-one yoga class with a therapeutic intention)
To learn more about Yoga Therapy and if it may be right for you, please schedule your free 10-minute phone consultation today!