Trauma + PTSD:
According to PTSD United, an estimated 8% of Americans − 24.4 million people − have PTSD at any given time. And an estimated one out of every nine women develops PTSD, making them about twice as likely as men. Symptoms include strong and unwanted memories of the event, bad dreams, emotional numbness, intense guilt or worry, angry outbursts, feeling “on edge,” and avoiding thoughts and situations that are reminders of the trauma. More and more studies are revealing that survivors of PTSD and Complex Trauma are in need of body-centered and trauma-informed healing tools. A number of studies are beginning to show that breath, yoga, and mindfulness are providing physical and emotional relief for those who experience symptoms of trauma. One of the scholarly studies published by leading trauma specialist, Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, can be found here.
Yoga as a Healing Tool:
According to some recent studies, many traditional therapies for trauma are not sufficiently addressing the physiological aspects of how trauma is stored in the body. Some therapists and practitioners are finding that somatic therapies are providing important relief for trauma survivors. Yoga is one of those tools. According to one of the leading researchers of trauma, "Body awareness is a necessary aspect of effective emotion regulation. Learning to notice, tolerate, and manage somatic experience may substantially promote emotion regulation. Yoga can serve as a widely available and relatively economical adjunct to the treatment of PTSD."
That's where Flourishing Hearts comes in. We are a service-based yoga studio (and online presence) that offers classes, groups, and one-on-one sessions to survivors of trauma (and those who work with them). We utilize breath, movement, mindfulness, yoga, and creative expression as tools for trauma survivors to assist in their healing process. We develop and provide resources to people and organizations who work with this population here in the United States and abroad.
Additional Resources on the effectiveness of trauma-sensitive / trauma-informed yoga: