Every Fall season the trees serve as a reminder of the beauty that can be found in letting go.
It seems that Fall has come early for me this year, but with each year it seems to become more easy than the last. After you let go of enough people, ideas about yourself and them, or ideas of what life should be, and after you’ve lived through enough seasons to see that only more beautiful things have come to spring to life in their place, you begin to realize that this is a natural and necessary cycle of life. 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 →
Since I signed up for Yoga Teacher Training last month and started the classes, I’ve had a number of people ask me if I intend to quit my job and do yoga full time. A couple of people even hinted that I shouldn’t, in their opinion, as they doubt my chance of success at it. Continue reading →