More and more research indicates that yoga is an effective tool for use in treating stress. An article from Harvard Health Publications stated that “ by reducing perceived stress and anxiety, yoga appears to modulate stress response systems.”
I use restorative and gentle yoga practices with children, adolescents and adults to treat stress, anxiety, depression, emotional regulation, and trauma as an evidence based, holistic practice that can be used with talk therapy.
According to Psychology Today, “A simple working definition of trauma is: anything that is too much, too soon, or too fast for our nervous system to handle, especially if we can’t reach a successful resolution. Note that when we talk of trauma, it does not imply that the trauma leads to complete breakdown in adulthood; it may simply be a decreased ability to feel satisfaction or emotional or physical pleasure. “
Somatic Experiencing (SE) helps us to resolve trauma by re-establishing our connection to our nervous system by gently restoring the nervous system’s normal cycling between alertness and rest. Our bodies sometimes get “stuck” on “ON” (over alertness, anxiety, difficulty sleeping, anger) or on “OFF” (depression, apathy). However, SE allows the body to settle in between “OFF” and “ON” so that it can digest, rest, and recharge. This settling also permits us to prepare for the next time we need to react, with yet a new demand for energy. This cycle continues smoothly, up and down, when we’re functioning well.