Trauma occurs when we are exposed to an overwhelming situation, and our bodies are unable to cope with what we have experienced. Over time, if we do not find a way to release the trauma from out bodies, we develop habits and leave our trauma unresolved. This may manifest into health issues, anxiety, depression, behavioral issues and stress.
Numerous studies have emerged helping us understand how trauma lives in our bodies, and how practices of mindfulness and yoga can help us move forward towards healing. Although not a complete list, below are some resources supporting the effectiveness of yoga and alternative therapies that help one recover from traumatic experiences.
- A Pilot Study of a Randomized Controlled Trial of Yoga as an Intervention for PTSD Symptoms in Women
- Application of Yoga in Residential Treatment of Traumatized Youth
Trauma-sensitive yoga as an adjunct mental health treatment in group therapy for survivors of domestic violence: A feasibility study
Yoga as an Adjunctive Treatment for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: A Randomized Controlled Trial
- Yoga for the Treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Depression, and Substance Abuse: A Review of the Clinical Effectiveness and Guidelines