Review Findings on Yoga for Trauma Encouraging

A systematic meta-review of thirteen literature reviews looking at the benefits of yoga for trauma has just been published in the journal of Trauma, Violence, and Abuse. The findings gleaned from the 184 studies making up the thirteen reviews indicate that the evidence regarding yoga as an intervention for the effects of trauma and the mental health symptoms and illnesses that frequently accompany trauma is encouraging but preliminary.

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May 15, 2016
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A systematic meta-review of thirteen literature reviews looking at the benefits of yoga for trauma has just been published in the journal of Trauma, Violence, and Abuse. The findings gleaned from the 184 studies making up the thirteen reviews indicate that the evidence regarding yoga as an intervention for the effects of trauma and the mental health symptoms and illnesses that frequently accompany trauma is encouraging but preliminary.

Whilst the studies singularly and cumul...atively cite numerous and profound benefits of yoga for people experiencing the effects of trauma, too many differences in the methods and limitations of the review articles were found to ascribe certainty to all of their conclusions. The reviewers, therefore, suggest that clinicians and yoga instructors consider recommending yoga as part of an ancillary service to other “evidence-based and well-established treatments,” such as psychotherapy and medication.

Proving the efficacy of yoga for various conditions is typically fraught with challenges due to issues of study methods, limitations and the standardisation of yoga practice. The comments by one of the researchers in this study are particularly encouraging: “One of our recommendations was that researchers and yoga instructors partner together so that we use holistic methods in future research. We need to ask ourselves if we’re taking these Western research methods and trying too hard to fit a round peg in a square hole. As a researcher, I don’t want to undo the potential benefits of yoga by making the practice unnecessarily standard and systematic.”

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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

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