After almost a decade as a trauma therapist, I decided to become a yoga instructor in 2017 for many reasons. Just a few of those reasons follow.
I had seen relatively short-term yoga practice transform some of my clients’ experiences of safety in their own bodies.
Regardless of physical fitness & in conjunction with therapy, I had seen PTSD symptoms drastically decrease in those same clients after a mere 16-week Trauma-Informed Yoga class.
The research, and lots of it, was supporting my anecdotal findings.
My personal yoga practice had a profoundly positive impact on my own trauma recovery.
How Does Yoga Support Therapy?
Trauma is held in the body; yoga helps release that trauma.
Sexual trauma survivors often experience their bodies as unsafe; yoga transforms that experience giving survivors back a safe haven in their bodies.
Yoga is literally for every body. So regardless of your physical fitness there is a yoga practice to supplement your therapy.
How Does Yoga Support Mindful~Empowerment Coaching?
Yoga is an inherently mindful practice.
The practice of yoga, not just asana (the poses you see all over Instagram), helps you create and maintain a deep relationship with your inner voice.
Discipline, gentle loving-kindness, & self-compassion are essential elements of yoga practice.
What Does The Research Say?
- The Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute found that Yoga is a complementary treatment for Chronic PTSD.
- Bessel Van Der Kolk, renowned trauma expert, has published books and papers on yoga’s profoundly healing effects on trauma survivors. His findings are supported by the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies.