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Yoga for Trauma

Bridging Yoga and Mental Health Care: A Personal Approach

Rob Schware | Posted 07.21.2014 | Impact
Rob Schware

This is an interview with Anneke Sips, a yoga teacher and social psychiatric nurse (RN) from Amsterdam, the Netherlands. For the last 16 years she has...

One Last Word on Yoga and Trauma

Margaret Howard | Posted 08.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Margaret Howard

For all of us who work with human beings, our humility brings us always back to: First, do no harm. Sometimes that's hard. Sometimes we make mistakes, notice things we wish we'd known before, or had been able to handle or perform better.

Part III: Trauma Training Should Be Mandatory for Yoga Teachers

Margaret Howard | Posted 08.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Margaret Howard

Don't insist a student take a pose s/he doesn't want to do. Don't ask twice. Respect your students' body wisdom. Become unattached to that teacher/student hierarchy. Teach your students to trust themselves. That's how they'll make friends with their bodies. That's how they'll heal.

Reclaiming Joy

Dearbhla Kelly | Posted 07.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Dearbhla Kelly

Practicing yoga has changed me, made me calmer, less anxious, more equanimous. It's given me a physiological way to deal with trauma that was otherwise unavailable to me, and as a teacher, I now have some tools that I can share with others who've experienced trauma.

A Call to Service: Sharing Yoga as a Tool of Self-Empowerment

Rob Schware | Posted 07.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Rob Schware

"The emotional connection for yoga service is the human connection. Sharing yoga is another way of saying "I love you" to total strangers. We're using our bodies to find that common ground and language of love, and nothing is lost in translation."

Overcoming Trauma With Yoga

Kripalu | Posted 07.01.2013 | Healthy Living

It just so happened that the theme for the lesson was interconnectedness. We would spend the time exploring partner poses, designed to build community and interdependence within the class. I told the students that this would be a chance to lighten the load that we'd all been carrying the past few days.

Yoga: Helping Survivors of Sexual Trauma to Heal

Rob Schware | Posted 12.08.2012 | Healthy Living
Rob Schware

Zabie Khorakiwala has managed UC Irvine's violence prevention programs for the past two years and became dedicated to providing survivors of sexual trauma with tangible ways to heal.