Yoga for Trauma Survivors (and info on trauma and the body)

Yoga has been a profoundly healing part of my journey for past traumas (both experiential and the iatrogenic trauma that psychiatric drugs imposed) and for rehabilitation after having been bedridden for a couple of years. The below information about yoga healing and integrating PTSD and past trauma is very important practice, news and research. In the interview Dave Emerson talks about it being important that the yoga be non-hierarchical and/or non-competitive. In a classroom setting this is often hard to find. Us humans like to compete and compare. I do my yoga at home out of necessity. I remain unwell enough to go to a classroom and so there is never any peer pressure nor any pressure to please a teacher who might not understand my needs which can also be a problem. I think that has been critically important for me and my healing. At this point I know I don’t care what others think about what my yoga looks like on the outside. For yoga to be deeply healing the people practicing need to be deeply mindful of their own body. A typical class of yoga might not support that as deeply as vulnerable people healing from trauma might need.

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