” Like an ocean wave, my emotions come and go, but the depth of my being remains unchanging, eternal.”
The world is changing, and everyone is noticing it. Here’s a YouTube link talking about The Awakening. Very interesting.
Healing Yourself with Yoga
> Recovering from Trauma through Yoga
> The yoga mat is a good place to turn when talk therapy and antidepressants
> aren’t enough. ~Amy Weintraub
> Yoga is quickly becoming a well-recognized treatment for those suffering
> from different types of traumas-most commonly known as Post Traumatic
> Stress Disorder (PTSD). Trauma is considered “an experience that is
> emotionally painful, distressful, or shocking, which often results in
> lasting mental and physical effects.” While many individuals do not
> require therapy or other methods of assistance approximately 7.7 million
> Americans will suffer from PTSD (in any given year) and will require some
> form of therapy. With that said, one method of therapy being explored
> and becoming gaining popularity is yoga. Yoga is not a traditional form of
> therapy but according to Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, an authority on Post
> Traumatic Stress Disorder, is it quickly becoming an accepted practice.
> In a recent article for Integral Yoga Magazine (2009) Dr. van der Kolk
> outlines the hows and whys that yoga benefits those individuals suffering
> from trauma. Yoga can be very calming for those who practice and while this
> is a great benefit many of us enjoy from our practice those who have
> suffered from trauma can actually experience negative effects from the
> calming sensations many of us enjoy. So much so that they are terrified by
> the sensations certain poses induce. Individuals who have suffered trauma
> do not feel safe, in their own bodies and do not recognize lapses in time
> the way an individual not suffering from trauma would-they are stuck in the
> past…replaying the traumatic events over and over again. For this
> debilitating aspect of trauma, yoga can provide some relief and put trauma
> patients back on the road to recovery.
> In addition to feeling safe, those suffering from trauma need to find
> serenity in their own space through meditation. Meditation “produces a deep
> state of relaxation and a tranquil mind. During meditation, you focus your
> attention and eliminate the stream of jumbled thoughts that may be crowding
> your mind and causing stress. This process results in enhanced physical and
> emotional well-being.” Feeling safe is not just about being able to
> react and protect yourself, in a dangerous situation. For Trauma victims
> have difficulty spending the necessary alone time, with themselves, needed
> to properly heal and recover. According to Dr. van der Kolk, “If we
> meditate regularly, this can modulate the fear center and help us be more
> focused. However if you are traumatized, being in silence is terrifying.
> Memory of trauma is stored, so when you are stilled, demons come out. Those
> with PTSD should first learn to regulate their physiology with breath,
> postures and relaxation and work toward meditation.” With this said,
> meditation is another therapeutic technique that is used in conjunction
> with yoga. Together these two disciplines can greatly benefit individuals
> suffering from any kind of trauma-“[yoga] allows the body to regain its
> natural movement and teaches the use of breath for self-regulation.”
> Regardless of your reasons, yoga and meditation have sound benefits for the
> mind, body and soul. Whether it’s a need to stretch or soothe your aching
> body; to find stillness within yourself and/or recover from either a
> physical or mental trauma… yoga will help. Always go back to your yoga.
Dear Luvmeyoga Readers,
I personally want to thank every reader for being patient with Luvmeyoga over the summer. Thank you for the get well wishes, and the love the community shared for me and my family. Throughout everything I have gained nothing more than strength and wisdom, that I am lucky to be able to share with all our readers this coming Fall.
I have the honor of having a TV Show called “LuvMeYoga with Tracie” this Fall debuting on TeleAmerica Broadcasting Network and Comcast channel 81 and 88. Take the oppurtunity to enjoy a free yoga practice with me every weekday morning at 5:30am and 11am.Eventually YouTube will be an option for those who do not have access to the Network. Also please check my website www.luvmeyoga.com,Facebook, or Twitter for newsfeeds, and updates!
Again thank you for all the readers and soon viewers. We look forward to a fantastic Fall and Winter Season 2010!
” Take the breath of the new dawn and make it a part of you. It will give you strength.” Hopi Saying