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Yoga for Trauma RecoveryO take on a posture in order to protect our self that posture becomes part of who we are shaping how we move in the world and ultimately how we experience it Yoga postures can work irectly with the body to slowly open the areas that have contracted and bring balance to the body s postural patterns changing the way we experience the worldThis is another reason to practice patience while Academic Writing, Real World Topics driving or waiting for your computer to load adding activation in the nervous system to the physical position of sitting with hips already inflexion and the shoulders tending to roll forward can exacerbate the posture and sensation of feareep in the brain and bodyPossibly ue to the stress responses in the brain many trauma survivors experience alexithymia not having words for feelings or being survivors experience alexithymia not having words for feelings or being to express them in a social context Using body based interventions bypasses the need for language and narrative allowing another pathway to access healing Relationship and attunement remain important in regard to pacing containment and co regulationMany yoga teacher trainings including the method I was trained in place value on giving students clear irectives Place your feet hips Experiments in a Jazz Aesthetic distance apart and Inhale as you lift your arms up are common cues While these involve the body they remain topown cues Teachers often struggleto conceptualize bottom up cues so I ve included a list of examples in Figure 42 A helpful structure to employ in a yoga studio class is to offer a African Literature 9 directive followed by a bottom up cue followed by an option or two for varying the posture to meet the body s needs This is not onlytrauma informed it also helps people learn about their own anatomy and physiological needsTop Down CuesPlace your feet togetherLift your chestTurn your back foot inBreathInhale lift your armsBreathe in and out through your noseRest your eyes on a pointPay attention toPress lengthen lift etcCues for bottom up awarenessNotice how it feels to have your feet together and hip sistance and choose the istance that feels most supportive for your body todayHow might it feel to lift and open your chestNotice what happens to your hips when you turn your back foot inNotice the rhythm or rise and fall of your breathOn your next inhale lift your arms as far as you feel comfortableBreathe in a way that feels comfortable for your bodyFind a comfortable gazing point orNotice where your gaze landsListenFeel experience tune in get curiousPsychotherapy offers a place to identify express and release emotional build up as most yoga classes o The release offers relief after which we can go about our ay in a relaxed and present mood can go about our ay in a relaxed and present mood being overwhelmed by sensation or Rising Above The Influence: A True Story about Alcohol, Drugs, and Recovery disconnecting from our emotions and basic needs Once we veiscovered how and where that release is appropriate we can begin the training of releasing at the earliest sign of stress rather that walking around in a constant state of holdingThis happens all too often and while I Conjure In African American Society do not suggest we forgo all socialization andismiss the needs or concerns of those around us it will serve us all to normalize the body s response to trauma and find a way to set these impulses free be they vocal emotional somatic or physical usually some combination These reactions to trauma are eeply set these impulses free be they vocal emotional somatic or physical usually some combination These reactions to trauma are eeply into our biology shaking breathing and movement of this energy while not the social norm facilitate healingWe need to model and teach how to cope with and process emotion in a way that moves the energy without harming others Rather than holding back words anger tears or shakes we can hold space for and encourage those we serve to o these things safely Facilitating this type of understanding at an early age sets the stage for healthy trauma recovery later in lifeI would not recommend teaching these practices with those in trauma recovery unlessyou have extensive experience with them from both a practice and teaching perspective and feel confident in your skills to help stabilize someone for whom they foster an imbalanceFor hyperaroused students containment of these senses can be helpful a blanket over the body hands over the ears or eyes this should always be at the choice of the student If the student is overwhelmed by stimuli or asking for ways to reduce input you may offer a blanket eye bag earplugs or other props to help them feel protected and shielded rather than intruded upon or enied a sense of safety As with all of these practices how the teacher communicates and follows up is crucial and it is important to watch for signs of either increased The alphas abused mate distress or relief after we support students in making a choice Sometimes people are unsure or unaware orefer to the teacher s opinion so notice as much as you can about the state of the eyes body and overall energy of a person even when they report that something is helpfu. Integration of trauma informed yoga and somatic psychotherapy is essential to providing informed effective treatment Uniting recent evelopments in our understanding of trauma recovery with ancient tenets of yoga philosophy and practice this found. Some of my favorite excerptsYoga at its heart is about Befriending The BodyLet S Pretend You Once Threw Up Cotton the bodyLet s pretend you once threw up cotton at a carnival and for the sake of this example let s call that traumatic You thought you were going to ie and The Black Renaissance in Francophone African and Caribbean Literatures despite years of therapy it still upsets you to think about cotton candy to thisay Intrusions could manifest in a myriad of ways You may An Endless Lie drift off in the middle of a conversation overcome by a cloud in the sky and see it as pink fluffy sugary vomit inducing cotton candy You might wake up at night to aream of the cotton candy machine whirling and the memory of the server handing you the cone with its sticky crystals reaching out to you You may also find the emotion of terror gripping you as you lean over a rinking fountain not even aware that it was a rinking fountain you threw up in all those years ago when drinking fountain you threw up in all those years ago when thought the cotton candy had brought you not only to your knees but to yourlast ay on earth You may feel a lurch in your stomach any time you see an advertisement announcing that the carnival is in town You may break out in a cold sweat at the taste of artificial announcing that the carnival is in town You may break out in a cold sweat at the taste of artificial flavor You may feel the urge to flee when you see someone eating cotton candyIn prolonged or extreme cases people may cease to live in an area of the body that relates to the experience of traumaKnowing this and knowing that any part of the body could potentially hold a trauma laden memory consider the risk of yoga practices which ask us to connect in increasingly refined etail with the various areas and actions of which our bodies are capableThe recently evolved branch the myelinated vagus is involved in the rest and After the Tears digest response and connects to our ability to socially engage In this stateigestion activities increase while heart rate lowers and sympathetic responses Daddy Blames Me decrease The unmyelinated vagus the older software so to speak governs the parasympathetic freeze state which relates to many of the numbing andistancing symptoms of post traumatic stressResearch suggests that the enteric nervous system interacts with the central nervous system and can impact experiences of anxiety memory and neuro endocrine responses to stress The sameresearch identifies the possibility that some probiotic strains could have a positive impact on neurologic isorders The effectiveness of meditation listening chanting posture and breath on fostering mental states and health is ue to a common phylogenetic change in the neural regulation of the ANS Luckily for us our nervous system responds to cues of safety and we can use safety cues to help engage the mammalian system of the myelinated vagus You can use these cues in a yoga class a therapy session on your own or even with a scared child According to Polyvagal Theory voice supportive social interaction and breath are key ways to promote the ventral vagal or myelinated vagal response In order to bring the new neurological software online we can Engage in Facing the Rising Sun dyadic two person face to face communication Listen attentively Speak in a prosodic way Sing or chant Exhale air slowly or Play a wind instrumentDid your yoga teacher training teach you not to use a sing a song voice when teaching Now you have reason to speak prosodically in an authentic way of course This also gives you permission to interact though keep in mind that forced interaction turnsefensive systems on so interaction that is helpful needs to be elective Invited bidirectional social engagement caregiving and reciprocity stimulate the ventral vagal response and make us feel good Mammals reuire the presence of other mammals just knowing that a person is there and you can reach out to them if you choose offers benefitRegulators of physiology are embedded in relationships think of the non verbal gestures that extend kindness and connection like reaching toward one another or leaning on someone s shoulder Cuddling even has a fun neurological name in this model immobilization without fearIf we have suffered emotional wounding and lived in fear we are likely to constrict our breath keeping it high in our chest with our Best African American Fiction 2010 diaphragm held tight This not only perpetuates a state of fear it also contributes to the process of separating us from our bodies and prevents our emotions from reaching awarenessThus sloweep breath that expands the abdomen and brings flexibility to the Her Alien Bodyguard (The Guards Of Attala, diaphragm can be a significant challenge for someone with a history of childhood trauma at the same time it can be an opportunity to create safety and facilitate a healing response in the bodyIt is common in hyper vigilant statesue to the impulse for hip flexion for the hips to tilt forward into an anterior tilt and research indicates when bodywork targets a release in hip flexor tension the parasympathetic nervous system function increasesWhen we repeatedly have Yoga for Trauma Recovery outlines best practices for the growing body of professionals trained in both yoga and psychotherapy and addresses the theoretical foundations that tie the two fields Chapters show how understanding the safe and effective.