Yoga and Trauma


Trauma is not only an event but an experience held in the body. The body remembers neglect, abuse, and terror. Trauma keeps us trapped between regret of the past and fear of the future. 

As we move through the yoga postures, we ground ourselves in our bodies, in our strength and in our stillness. We become mindful. We become aware of the workings of our own minds without attaching to our stories. We experience external circumstances without becoming overwhelmed. 

The philosophy and physicality of the yoga practice re-educate the body and the mind through movement, breath, and stillness. Our breath anchors us in the present moment and empowers us with the ability to self-regulate.  Through yoga, we can experience the feeling of safety in our bodies.


THE BENEFITS OF YOGA ON TRAUMA - published research in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry

Yoga as an Adjunctive Treatment for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: A Randomized Controlled Trial
Bessel A. van der Kolk, MD; Laura Stone, MA; Jennifer West, PhD; Alison Rhodes, MSW Med; David Emerson, MA; Michael Suvak, PhD; and Joseph Spinazzola, PhD