Overcoming Trauma Through Yoga

Overcoming Trauma Through Yoga : Reclaiming Your Body

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Survivors of trauma - whether from abuse, accident, or war - can end up profoundly wounded, betrayed by their body for failing to get them to safety and for causing them pain. In order to heal fully from trauma, a connection must be made with oneself, including one's body. The yoga described in this book helps bring about a connection.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 152 x 226 x 16mm | 299.37g
  • North Atlantic Books,U.S.
  • Berkeley, CA, United States
  • English
  • 64 black and white photographs
  • 1556439695
  • 9781556439698
  • 17,500

Review quote

"In this landmark book the authors offer survivors a gentle, step-by-step "mindful" yoga that is tailored for their specific needs.... This well conceived book is a tremendous resource for therapists and yoga teachers. By engaging the wisdom of their bodies, it is a great companion and guide to those taking the journey of recovery from trauma to wholeness. "Overcoming Trauma through Yoga" is a gift for those taking the hero's journey of recovery and vibrancy." --From the foreword by Peter A. Levine, PhD, author of the best-selling "Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma" "This book sets out to facilitate the creation of healing environments. Clinicians will learn basic yoga skills that can be implemented within individual therapy sessions. Yoga teachers will find thoughtful advice on how to make assists that won't trigger internal defenses. And trauma survivors will receive edict-free encouragement for using yoga as a tool for self-discovery. Thoughtful and thorough, "Overcoming Trauma through Yoga" brings a spirit of optimism to the process of healing past wounds and reclaiming body and mind." --Rolf Sovik, PsyD, "Yoga International Magazine" "Trauma-related conditions are complex disorders involving dysregulation of the mind, body, and the mind/body interface. Although yoga is a mind/body practice known to have significant therapeutic benefits, yoga for healthy individuals is not the same as yoga therapy for patients, which must take patient limitations into account. The trauma-sensitive yoga developed by the authors through practical and clinical experience, and described carefully, practically, and systematically in this book, incorporates the best that yoga has to offer with what will benefit trauma patients safely and comfortably." --Sat Bir Khalsa, PhD, Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Director of Research for the Kundalini Research Institute "At last, an engaging, accessible, theoretically groundedtshow more

About David Emerson

David Emerson is the director of yoga services at the Trauma Center (traumacenter.org). In 2003 he codesigned the Trauma Center Yoga Program that includes classes and teacher training programs. He lives in Cambridge, MA. Elizabeth Hopper, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in traumatic stress and works as the associate director of training at the Trauma Center. She lives in Somerville, MA.show more