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Yoga for Trauma Recovery

posted Mar 2, 2015, 10:41 AM by Kristin Snell

by Skyler Myers, CMT, RYT and CAS

We are all faced with challenges through this life.  Trauma is by definition an experience that we lack tools or resources to handle, process, assimilate, or integrate a lesson from.  There is a magnetic loop, called re-enactment, that draws us back into familiar patterns, where we have to learn lessons again and again through similar situations over time.  It is a relentless loop, unless one learns to develop internal resources.

Two factors influence the resilience one develops to challenges: How early in life the first trauma arose, and whether betrayal was involved.  While impossible to turn back time, it is never too late to develop better resilience skills.  When the body is ready to release long held patterns, many feel a massive weight has been lifted from their psyche and spirit.

Introspective practices, such as breathing techniques and meditation, have long been touted as effective treatment for addiction and anger management, both of which are known to stem from unresolved trauma.   But anyone who has ever sat down to meditate their first time knows how maddening it is to just be still and observe your thoughts.  Meditation is meant to be practiced after a physical practice.

Skill- appropriate yoga has physical benefits and is the basis of nearly all physical therapy.  It is now recognized as cutting edge psycho-physiological treatment for PTSD and many other maladies.  The Department of Defense & US Army Surgeon General’s Pain Management Task Force lists yoga, along with acupuncture and yoga nidra (a practice of relaxation) as a primary approach in military, private, university and clinical facilities around North America.

The Yoga of Trauma Recovery is a unique, and much less expensive, complement to therapy. There will be a free introduction to the Yoga of Trauma Recovery on Friday, March 6 in Nevada City and Saturday, March 7 in Downieville.  These talks will introduce the 8 Steps to Integration, some of the most effective tools for trauma recovery, and the upcoming Yoga for Trauma Recovery 70 hour Immersion and full 200 hour Teacher Training.  Please visit, or call Skyler at 530-615-7268 for more information.

Skyler Myers, CMT, RYT, CAS sees clients in Nevada City, North San Juan, and Downieville.  She has taught yoga for fourteen years, from gyms and studios to addiction and anger management classes, as well to the homeless and new releases.  Her classes at DVSAC in Grass Valley were just awarded a grant.