Getting Back into Your Body

overcoming trauma through yogaAfter my trauma the last place I wanted to be trapped was in my body.

As a matter of fact, I wanted nothing to do with that physical form that was the source of so much pain I could barely contain the memory. Instead, I existed only in my head, and when that got too painful: I dissociated outside it all.

Of course, you can’t go through life that way and during my recovery I sought a way to come to reconnect with my body and learn to live inside of it with trust, strength and power. I did this through dance, but that’s not the only way.

Last week on YOUR LIFE AFTER TRAUMA the leaders of the yoga program at the Trauma Center of the Justice Resource Institute explained – with a whole lot of science mixed with psychology – how and why yoga can help reintegrate the mind/body connection in PTSD recovery.

Dave Emerson and Dr. Elizabeth Hopper are the co-authors of OVERCOMING TRAUMA THROUGH YOGA: Reclaiming Your Body. They said some very interesting things, including:

  • How yoga changes your recovery approach from top down to bottom up (I thought this was the most interesting point in the whole discussion!).
  • How yoga helps re-establish a sense of existence.
  • How the way we sense ourselves changes when trauma alters the brain. 
  • How the physical aspects of yoga can reach emotion feelings.

There was a lot to learn and many things to think about and discover. You can listen to the full audio of our interview and trauma, yoga and PTSD healing here under the July 14th episode of YOUR LIFE AFTER TRAUMA.


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