We who have lived around active addiction have experienced trauma at some level. Anyone whose life has been ruled by uncertainty, inconsistency, perhaps intermittent rage, anger interspersed with kindness have experienced trauma. Those who have had surgeries, been in accidents as well as those who have endured direct violence have experienced trauma.
All of these events are lodged in the body as well as the psyche. Individual talk and group therapies address what is stuck in the mind and emotions. We are now realizing that we heal better and more thoroughly if we also address the feelings that are trapped in the body. Yoga and simple breath practices can release these traumas trapped in our bodies. Together yoga therapy combined with other modalities of treatment and support can effect a total integrated program for healing.
As a woman in recovery and the “victim” of childhood and adulthood traumas: chronic as well as “shock” traumas, I became well aware of the timeless impact of these events when I became in danger of relapse. I discovered what I have now come to understand as the retention of the past in my physical body. Yoga practiced in a safe environment, mindfully and slowly, allowed me to release and process these shadows of my past.
If you are in therapy, consider working with a yoga therapist skilled in yoga for trauma and / or addiction recovery. If you take yoga classes and have experienced emotional openings on the mat you may want to pursue additional work privately with a qualified yoga therapist and or a psychologist to complete the healing cycle: mind, body and spirit. S.O.A.R. certified yoga teachers can bring this awareness to the mat – in all venues.
Let both yoga and other treatment modalities become an integrated part of your rainbow of care.
Kyczy Hawk E-RYT200, RYT500 is a yoga instructor specializing in teaching yoga to people in recovery and the creator of the SOAR(tm) (Success Over Addiction and Relapse) certification program for yoga teachers. Online recovery oriented yoga classes are available at http://yogarecovery.studiolivetv.com/MemberRegistrationYR.aspx
If you are a yoga teacher ready to take your calling and service to a new level you can find out more about Kyczy and the SOAR(tm) program.