The Benefits Of Yoga For Trauma Treatment and Mind-Body Wellness

Benefits Yoga Trauma Treatment

Through this guidance, people in treatment can learn what to do about the experience in real time by taking effective action. Everything about the practice is optional, gentle, and designed to help individuals befriend their bodies.

The practice of yoga, with its focus on the mind-body connection, offers both symptom reduction and opportunities for people practicing yoga to heal and grow. Yoga, known to benefit the mind as well as the body, has been proven beneficial for addressing stress, trauma, depression, anxiety, addiction recovery, and even personal growth.

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Beyond yoga’s other benefits, research has found individuals who combined TSY with psychotherapy were more likely to experience a decrease in trauma-related symptoms and an increase in positive traits and emotions such as grace, compassion, relating with self and others, acceptance, centeredness, and empowerment.

If you are interested in incorporating yoga into your wellness practices, self-care routine, or mental health treatment but are unsure of where to start, consider bringing it up with your therapist or counsellor or primary care physician to see if this approach might benefit you.


References:

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Written by: Tahmi Perzichilli
Original appeared on: Good Therapy
Republished with permission.

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