Trauma Sensitive Yoga
Updated: Jun 6, 2020
When we think of PTSD we may think about men and women in the military being affected by war.
Trauma touches many lives and takes on many different forms.
Childhood abuse, car accidents, witnessing a crime or even the untimely death of a friend can trigger PTSD and the effects can last a lifetime.
Trauma causes our sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight response) to react strongly to minor stressors which can compromise our immunity manifesting physical illness.
Tight neck, clenched fists, clenched jaw, racing heart can lead to anxiety attacks, fibromyalgia, heart disease, IBS and many different auto immune diseases.
Talk therapy can have positive results but can bring up old wounds causing physical tension in the body. Group therapy can feel invasive for someone thats private and wishes to keep to themselves.
Yoga can help us manage the symptoms of trauma, helping control intrusive thoughts, allowing a feeling of connectedness between our mind, body and immediate environment.
The simple act of planting feet firmly on the ground can give a survivor sense of stability and safety when the work around us seems to be spinning out of control.
Yoga confronts our bodies and the areas holding tension teaching us to breathe through discomfort and find space in our bodies.
Moving slowly with the breath allows us to feel in control. We notice subtle sensations within the body that may trigger a stress response but we are able move through them without attaching to them.