What is Trauma Sensitive Yoga?
Anything from sexual abuse to military combat can trigger trauma, causing nightmares and flashbacks, isolation and irritation, which further elevate stress levels. The brain’s preoccupation with fear and self-preservation means staying in the present feels like an impossible challenge. The sufferer gets stuck in the past, unable to feel respond to current circumstances, or move forwards.
By focusing on the breath and slow movements, Trauma Sensitive Yoga gives the sufferer a safe space in which to feel comfortable and grow strong. Working on the fight or flight sympathetic nervous system, this type of yoga practice will enable the parasympathetic nervous system to prevail – calming and restoring, lowering the heart rate and blood pressure, and enabling the possibility of relaxation.
Once this practice of breath, postures and relaxation have laid stable physiological foundations the practice of meditation or mindfulness may be introduced. Observation of the internal experience without getting too involved in it modulates fear and helps us stay present.
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