Yoga for PTSD

*These lessons can be one-on-one, small group, large group or for a special event. They can be taught at my house or yours as well as in a corporate office. Props for up to two people will be provided.

Yoga for PTSD is a trauma-informed yoga program that acts as a complementary alternative treatment. This is a program that can be done on a one-on-one basis as well as with your loved ones. This program focuses on breathing techniques, physical posture and movement, therapeutics and restorative poses, mindfulness and the connection between the body and the mind. The goal is to get you to a place where you can safely feel your physical sensations, learn to self-regulate and tolerate feelings that might come up. Yoga can help you reprogram automatic physical responses and teach you how to manage triggers by working with your breath, incorporating quieting poses and learning how to feel safe inside your own body by developing a quiet practice of stillness and mindfulness.

Yoga teaches you how to be strong on and off the mat. It teaches you how to be patient in an uncomfortable situation or when uncomfortable feelings arise. It teaches you that these moments come and go but eventually always come to an end. Take into consideration a hard yoga pose, yoga teaches you to breathe through it and be strong and patient, then just like that the moment passes and you move into a different pose. Learning that you’re safe in these moments and staying with it even though sensations emerge can help you get through many situations in life. Looking back at that moment of discomfort and knowing that your breath and your patients and your strength got you through it and that eventually it came to an end is a critical skill in dealing and living with PTSD.

How can yoga help

  • Reduce Tension, Anxiety & Triggers
  • Reduced Dissociative Symptoms
  • Improved Mental Health
  • Improved Quality of Life
  • Reduced Trauma Symptoms
  • Increases the sense of personal awareness and safety
  • Breath & Movement – Elicits relaxation and keeps you in the present moment rather than staying stuck in the past