Overcoming Trauma Through Yoga
by David Emerson, Elizabeth Hopper
Editor: North Atlantic Books,U.S.
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Trauma survivors–if abuse, accidents, or war) can end up deeply wounded, betrayed by their bodies that do not bring them to safety and are a source of pain.In order to heal well from trauma, a connection must be made with oneself, including one’s body.The sensitive traumatic yoga described in this book moves beyond the traditional speech therapies that focus on the mind, introducing the body actively into the healing process.This allows trauma survivors to cultivate a more positive relationship of their bodies through gentle breath, full consciousness, and practice of movement.Overcoming Trauma through Yoga is a book for survivors, clinicians and yoga teachers who are interested in mind/body healing.It introduces a sensitive yoga traumatism, a modified approach to yoga developed in collaboration between yoga teachers and clinicians at the Institute’s Resource Centre for Trauma at Justice, led by yoga teacher David Emerson, with Bessel van der Kolk’s physician.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 the body’s treatment-based body.It provides a brief history of yoga, describes the different styles of yoga commonly found in western practice, and identifies four main themes of sensitive yoga traumatismChair based on exercises that can be incorporated into individual or group therapy, targeting specific treatment goals, and modifications are proposed for mats based on yoga classes.Each exercise includes a sensitive language trauma to introduce the practice, as well as photographs to illustrate the pose.The practices have been offered to a wide range of individuals and groups, including men and women, adolescents, ex-combatants, and others.Complemented by valuable quotes and case histories, the book presents full awareness, breathing and yoga exercises that can be used by practitioners, yoga teachers, and therapists as a means to
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