Overcoming Trauma through Yoga: Reclaiming Your Body ePub (Adobe DRM) download by David Emerson

Overcoming Trauma through Yoga: Reclaiming Your Body

North Atlantic Books
Publication date: January 2012
ISBN: 9781583945339
Digital Book format: ePub (Adobe DRM)
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Survivors of trauma—whether abuse, accidents, or war—can end up profoundly wounded, betrayed by their bodies that failed to get them to safety and that are a source of pain. In order to fully heal from trauma, a connection must be made with oneself, including one’s body. The trauma-sensitive yoga described in this book moves beyond traditional talk therapies that focus on the mind, by bringing the body actively into the healing process. This allows trauma survivors to cultivate a more positive relationship to their body through gentle breath, mindfulness, and movement practices.

Overcoming Trauma through Yoga
is a book for survivors, clinicians, and yoga instructors who are interested in mind/body healing. It introduces trauma-sensitive yoga, a modified approach to yoga developed in collaboration between yoga teachers and clinicians at the Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute, led by yoga teacher David Emerson, along with medical doctor Bessel van der Kolk. The book begins with an in-depth description of trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), including a description of how trauma is held in the body and the need for body-based treatment. It offers a brief history of yoga, describes various styles of yoga commonly found in Western practice, and identifies four key themes of trauma-sensitive yoga. Chair-based exercises are described that can be incorporated into individual or group therapy, targeting specific treatment goals, and modifications are offered for mat-based yoga classes. Each exercise includes trauma-sensitive language to introduce the practice, as well as photographs to illustrate the poses. The practices have been offered to a wide range of individuals and groups, including men and women, teens, returning veterans, and others. Rounded out by valuable quotes and case stories, the book presents mindfulness, breathing, and yoga exercises that can be used by home practitioners, yoga teachers, and therapists as a way to cultivate awareness, tolerance, and an increased acceptance of the self.

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Trauma can place a heavy burden on someone’s shoulders, interfering with his or her ability to cope with everyday life. When every step becomes a struggle, the mind feels the need to be set free; it is only looking for the method to accomplish this purpose. An old practice might mean a new beginning, another step and a fresh look on negative memories. Yoga is the healing of body and soul, proving to become an effective tool in achieving harmony with past and present – a perfect balance between the two that will improve your prospects for the future. The benefits of yoga are explained in detail in the book so that anyone seeking a new and more positive route in their lives will be able to access them.
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This book was recommended to me by my psychologist who said it would help me with post traumatic stress disorder. I was a bit skeptical at first but I have done yoga and pilates in the past so I knew I would enjoy it anyway. The way the book is very sensitive and calming and all the poses are easy enough for beginners. The pictures are helpful to view to know if you are performing a exercise in the right way. I definitely feel that after about a month i have started to feel much calmer and more relaxed.
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