I can’t seem to quit diving head first towards all the things that scare the absolute sh*t out of me. For me, this is a benchmark of healing. After too many years, nearly two and a half spent fighting PTSD, I’m finally getting closer to once again being my true self. My freshman year of high school I joined the swim team—for the sole purpose of getting over my fear of water. (Note: still afraid of water. Still swim. Recently swam in the ocean. With humpback whales.) Continue reading
From research for my report presentation for my 200HR Teacher Training, PTSD affects the brain, nervous system, hormones & chemicals, thyroid, and adrenal glands. Research also suggests that yoga can be an effective form of alternative treatment.
Whether you are a yoga teacher interested in learning more about developing classes for trauma and PTSD, or a trauma survivor yourself, there are techniques that can greatly benefit every practice. Continue reading
Disclaimer: I am not a doctor. All information here was found in one of the resources listed and linked below, unless otherwise stated as my personal opinion based on my own experience with PTSD.
As yoga becomes more widely practiced in the US and Western cultures, more and more research of it’s benefits is shedding light as to the many different possible applications within our culture. One of the more recent applications that has gained light within the media is the use of yoga as an alternative treatment for post-traumatic stress. There are now multiple organizations that offer training for yoga teachers working with veterans, and there are many other yoga trainings available for treating a broad range of traumas.
But, what makes yoga an effective treatment for PTSD? To answer this question, it is helpful to understand both PTSD and it’s effects on the body as well as the effects of yoga. TLDR: PTSD changes the brain (and other parts of the body). Yoga has been shown to have the reverse effects. Continue reading
“Soften” is a favorite phrase of many yoga instructors. It is a cue that reminds students to not strain into a pose, to relax even while making an effort. I’ve heard my friends in Yoga Teacher Training use it countless times and they seem to have gotten it stuck in my head. It has run through my mind at least a couple dozen times today alone. Continue reading