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Yoga means union. During a yoga practice, you are becoming unified within yourself and the universe around you. Unified with the breath, you unify your mind, your body, and your spirit. Together, the breath calms the mind, guides the body, and settles the soul. Focusing on the breath is where meditative and mindful practices integrate with the practice of yoga. Many people report feeling unified with their idea of a higher power, a connectivity with others in the world, and a greater sense of purpose.

Science has taken a liking to yoga, perplexed by how extremely beneficial a holistic practice can be. Numerous studies have been conducted to analyze the benefits of yoga, mindfulness, and meditation. The results have been overwhelmingly in favor of the spiritual practices as scientifically proven therapies. Mind and body are benefited by yoga. For those who are seeking to recover from trauma, yoga can be especially healing.

“Trauma-informed yoga” is a special discipline of yoga designed to carefully and compassionately meet the needs of trauma survivors. Whereas many teachers offer hands-on interactions, trauma-informed yoga asks students before physical interaction. In addition to limiting or removing physical touch, specific language is removed to offer a gentle approach to instruction. Though yogic guidance is rarely traumatizing in itself, certain tones, verbiage, and other verbal communication devices might be triggering to someone recovering from trauma. Various modifications make trauma-informed yoga stand out from traditional yoga. Those working through trauma in their lives get a double benefit of yoga, meditation, mindfulness, and a trauma-sensitive environment. Yoga activates the parasympathetic nervous system, which is critical for trauma recovery. As a result, they progress in their recovery.

Benefits Of Trauma-Informed Yoga

Reduces anger, extreme emotions, and unregulated thoughtsReduces symptoms of physical ailments which can result from untreated traumaReduces symptoms of mental health issues which can include depression and anxietyImproves self-esteem, self-worth, and confidenceBuilds life skills for coping, emotional regulation, and stress managementReverses dissociative effects of trauma by creating present-mindedness and connectionReduces inflammation

At The Guest House, a residential trauma and addiction treatment program in Ocala, Florida, we believe sharing the darkness of trauma in a clinical sanctuary of love and compassion is the birthplace of transformation. Your life can change from surviving to thriving. Call us today for information on life at the estate and our programs of care: 1-855-483-7800