We can begin to see many ways in which a certain type of yoga with a sensitive teacher and some considerations for a trauma sensitive practise, can be helpful in trauma recovery. Effective treatment for trauma needs to involve:
Learning to tolerate feelings and sensations by increasing capacity for interoception.This will strengthen hypocampal and precuneal activity in the brain and improve cortical function to help process the trauma and reduce dominance of the emotional arousal of the right hemisphere, and develop a sense of self awareness and tolerate sensations in the body
- Learning to modulate one’s own physiological arousal or to self-regulate.This will strengthen the vagal tone and the PNS response to increase HRV and RSA to improve self-regulation and reduce physiological arousal levels.
- Learning to engage in taking effective action – to overcome the feelings of physical powerlessness and helplessnessfrom the traumatic experience (s), thereby replacing the passive fear response with an active coping strategy. This will help to release the energy of the ‘stuck’ emotional response from the body.
Because the trauma survivor’s sense of control has been taken away rendering the individual helpless in the face of the event or experience, it is absolutely necessary that throughout the treatment the person is empowered with a sense of choice, control and volition. This requires a trauma-sensitive yoga teacher.
Embodied Yoga will soon be launching a small class of yoga sensitive trauma in Stafford. Watch this space or contact us for more details. Click here to see a full copy of the research report.