Using Nervous System-Informed, Trauma Sensitive Yoga as an Intervention for Trauma and Related Diagnoses

Each time someone takes a deep breath, they are using their physiology to overcome the residual effects of trauma and stress. When they move with awareness, connecting consciousness with movement, they invite a present moment experience, and challenge their habitual patterns of thought and experience. The science of yoga makes the most of these built-in healing mechanisms, harnessing and amplifying them.

One of the effects of yoga practice is to regulate the autonomic nervous system, which, along with the limbic system, can work subconsciously to create states of deep peace, or send us into fight, flight, or freeze responses. As you may know, the autonomic nervous system is composed of two branches: the sympathetic nervous system (SNS), which provides the energy and focus to accomplish necessary physiological tasks, and the parasympathetic nervous system (PNS), which provides rest and rejuvenation.  A he

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