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Yoga for Mental Health and Trauma

 

Yoga for Mental Wellness and Healing from Trauma

“In the realm of neuroscience, we’ve come to understand that altering our emotional state requires a deep awareness of our inner landscape and cultivating a compassionate relationship with our internal experiences.” — Bessel Van Der Kolk, Author of “The Body Keeps the Score”

For centuries, individuals from diverse backgrounds have attested to the transformative power of yoga on their emotional well-being. Science now echoes what ancient yogis have long intuited: through gentle physical postures, heightened body awareness, mindful breathing techniques, and mental stillness, yoga naturally uplifts our mental health.

Yoga serves as a beacon of balance for our nervous system, teaching us to temper our stress responses and embrace tranquillity through breath and bodily connection. By tuning into our breath, posture, tension, and thought patterns, a well-crafted yoga practice amplifies our ability to regulate these crucial aspects of our being.

As a yoga therapist specialising in aiding individuals with trauma and mental health concerns, I witness firsthand the profound impact yoga has on alleviating stress, fostering inner peace, and enabling fuller engagement with life. Studies affirm yoga’s ability to elevate mood, regulate heart rate, reduce inflammation, and enhance immune function, resulting in a profound sense of well-being and heightened vitality post-practice.

Rooted in antiquity, yoga’s origins lie in addressing human suffering. Yoga therapy offers a pathway to replenish our life force and discern how to extract the utmost fulfillment from our precious existence.

A yogic approach to mental health, often termed a “bottom-up approach,” complements traditional talk therapies. It emphasises the importance of somatic awareness in liberating oneself from the shackles of past traumas.

“It is through understanding our bodily sensations and their interaction with the world around us that true transformation begins.” — Bessel A. van der Kolk, “The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma”

While occasional bouts of low spirits or anxiety are part of the human condition, the complexities of modern life have heightened our susceptibility to enduring psychological distress. Yoga emerges as a holistic remedy, offering transformative benefits devoid of adverse effects.

Trauma and Yoga:

Recent research underscores yoga’s efficacy in aiding trauma survivors in reclaiming their bodies and cultivating internal sanctuaries imbued with feelings of safety, trust, and empowerment. Our sense of self is intricately intertwined with our bodily experiences; unresolved traumas can manifest as disconnection and apprehension. Yoga serves as a vehicle for reclamation, fostering resilience and stability despite past adversities.

By delving into our inner landscapes, we forge a profound sense of self-awareness that fosters comfort, clarity, and empowerment. This bottom-up approach, complementing traditional therapeutic modalities, provides a cost-effective, empowering avenue for self-care, often evolving into a lifelong practice of growth and resilience.

With over 15 years of expertise as a specialised mind-body practitioner — integrating Occupational Therapy, Yoga Therapy, and Feldenkrais Method — I offer a safe passage towards inner healing. Accessible Medicare Mental Health Rebates and Private Health coverage further support your journey towards holistic well-being.

“In embracing our bodies with curiosity rather than fear, we unlock boundless potential for transformation.” — Bessel A. van der Kolk, “The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma”

It is a natural part of life to feel low or anxious at times but modern day life has increased our vulnerability to  persistent depression and anxiety. Yoga offers us a natural remedy that is empowering and transforming with only positive side effects.