Yoga for PTSD

In this new study, the effectiveness of an extended yoga program for women with a diagnosis of chronic PTSD was explored.

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Trauma can be defined as an experience within which we encounter intense feelings of terror and helplessness and are unable to escape or fight back in any way. Given this definition, it is probable that many of us have experienced some degree of trauma within the course of our lives. For some people, such trauma can lead to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) within which re-experiencing (i.e., flashbacks, nightmares, frightening thoughts) and avoiding (i.e., staying away from reminders of the experience, emotional numbness, guilt, depression, suppressed memory) symptoms are typically present. People experiencing PTSD are also commonly easily startled, have difficulty sleeping and can have trouble regulating their emotions.

In this new study, the effectiveness of an extended yoga program for women with a diagnosis of chronic PTSD was explored. Researchers examined a 20-week trauma-sensitive yoga treatment in a non-randomised single-group treatment feasibility study for nine women with chronic treatment-resistant PTSD (Nā€‰=ā€‰9). PTSD and dissociation symptom reduction over several assessment periods were measured.

Wonderfully, the results indicate that these women experienced significant reductions in PTSD and dissociative symptoms above and beyond similar treatments of a shorter duration. Researchers concluded that these findings suggest that more intensive trauma-sensitive yoga treatment characterised by longer duration and intentional assignment and monitoring of home practice may be more advantageous for individuals with severe and chronic PTSD.

We are delighted to share with you that we have a special training in Yoga Therapy for Post-Traumatic-Stress-Disorder in Central London coming up in May:

DATE: 17/05/2017 - 21/05/2017

TIME: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

In this training you will learn how to use yoga to work with trauma in an evidence based, compassionate, and innovative way. We would love to see you there! -

Heather Mason

Founder of the Minded Institute, The Minded Institute

Heather Mason is a leader in the field of mind-body therapy and the founder of Yoga Therapy for the Mind. She develops innovative methods for mental health treatment drawing on her robust educational background including an MA in Psychotherapy, an MA in Buddhist Studies, studies in Neuroscience and a current MSc in Medical Physiology.. She is also a 500 RYT, a yoga therapist and an MBCT facilitator. Heather offers various professional trainings for yoga teachers, healthcare professionals and therapists, lectures around the world, and delivers training to medical students. She also develops protocols for different client populations by translating cutting edge research from the psycho-biology and neuro-biology of stress into yoga practices, breathwork, mindfulness interventions and therapeutic holding. Further she is involved in research on the efficacy of these practices, holds the annual UK yoga therapy conference and is blazing the trail for the integration of yoga therapy into the NHS