Ptsd yoga therapy

Overcoming Trauma Through Yoga

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book is written for trauma survivors

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everywhere it clinicians you know your

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clinicians who work with trauma

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survivors and yoga teachers trauma

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sensitive yoga really is about

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befriending your body so it’s for people

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who have felt alienated from their

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bodies they’ve lost connection they

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don’t sometimes it’s it’s just numbing

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and threatens us either emotionally

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physically our physical body

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psychologically being traumatized is an

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experience of me losing power and

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overwhelms our ability to cope and I

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think healing the healing process is is

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about it being coming empowered again

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the idea for clinicians is is really to

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be able to move beyond traditional

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cognitive therapy where you’re you’re

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talking about your thoughts you’re

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talking about your feelings but you’re

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not really getting to the body level

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maybe there’s a moment where you know if

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we get used to living with you know

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extreme levels of tension in our body if

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you have if you have a moment in a yoga

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class where you just feel a little bit

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of that drop away and it’s okay just

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kind of a release of some of that

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tension so if somebody’s been holding

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themselves and their shoulders are

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always up and they’re always tense and

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they go to a trauma sensitive yoga class

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and all of a sudden they feel that their

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shoulders are dropped a little bit

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we’ve had people say you know I haven’t

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been able to sleep well for months for

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years and I tried this yoga class and I

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was able to rest because trauma takes

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away the connection to self and takes

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away somebody’s body as their own trauma

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sensitive Yoga is really about

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rebuilding that connection so that

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somebody feels more like they own their

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body they live in their body it’s a safe

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place to be it’s a good place to be we

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use a lot of familiar yoga postures so

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it’s a lot of physical gestures and

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postures body oriented postures and

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breathing practices and the framework

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for trauma sensitivity

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is that there isn’t an objective right

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way to do something that what is right

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is what’s right for you one of the

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important shifts is that instead of

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telling people what to do with their

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body we’re inviting people to experiment

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with options so that each person learns

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to listen to their own body our job is

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to create safety and predictability and

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stability and then people can approach

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the practice as they like they can

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create the challenges themselves as they

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see fit and it’s also about creating an

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environment where people if people are

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triggered or they are overwhelmed in a

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class the yoga instructor is aware of

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that and there’s an environment where

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that’s okay

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you

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