Yoga for Trauma: An Interview with Hala Khouri

Hala describes how the yogic practice of finding presence with our sensations is the key to self-regulation, which is the goal of dealing with trauma.

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Jun 15, 2016
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Minded Yoga for PTSD training coming up in both Edinburgh (1st-5th Oct) and London (9th-14th Nov). Contact us for further info or to secure your place; email@themindedinstitute.com

This is a very inspiring interview with Hala Khouri, a yoga teacher trained in Somatic Experiencing, a body-based psychotherapy that specifically addresses trauma and its symptoms, and cofounder of Off the Mat, Into the World, a training organization that combines yoga and activism within a social justice framework.

Hala describes how the yogic practice of finding presence with our sensations is the key to self-regulation, which is the goal of dealing with trauma. She explains, "trauma symptoms are an attempt of the body to self-regulate unsuccessfully. I might try to self-regulate by doing drugs or overeating because I’m afraid of the sensations. Or my body might try to self-regulate by shaking uncontrollably. Yoga can help us be in the body with whatever is happening so we can eventually move beyond it and not need to run away anymore".

Our Minded Training in yoga for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder delves deeply into these facets and addresses how yoga can offer gentle and safe movement with practices that integrate controlled breathing and self-awareness. Yoga helps individuals reconnect with their bodies and cultivate peace by balancing the autonomic nervous system. It also supports an improved capacity to be with difficult feelings in a compassionate way—a fundamental part of reclaiming wellbeing.

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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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