Healing Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder with Kundalini Yoga and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder [PTSD] is a body/mind illness diagnosed in military and civilian populations worldwide. It develops in the aftermath of many kinds of traumatic events including military combat, physical or sexual assault, and natural disaster. PTSD symptoms cluster into four separate categories: 1] recurrent distressing memories of the traumatic event, including nightmares and flashbacks; 2] avoidance of stimuli associated with the event, including physical environments, thoughts and emotions; 3] exaggerated negative beliefs and feelings about oneself, others and the world; and 4] a set of aversive physiologic states including hypervigilance, physical tension and disturbed sleep.

We and our colleagues developed an integrative PTSD treatment protocol that combines two evidence-based practices, Kundalini Yoga and cognitive-behavioral therapy [CBT] to address both the physical and psychological expressions of PTSD. Our pilot study found the protocol significantly reduced PTSD symptoms in all four symptom clusters, and that these gains were maintained at follow-up.1

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