Trauma and Yoga Therapy
Fraser Valley Treatment Centre, or FVTC, offers yoga therapy for people suffering from trauma in Abbotsford, the Fraser Valley and Greater Vancouver. In addition to trauma therapy, yoga can be utilized for pain management. Fraser Valley Treatment Centre has a professional yoga teacher for trauma therapy.
Yoga therapy can be effective in the treatment of behaviours that result from traumatic experience. For example, self-injury, often in the form of cutting, can induce adrenaline responses that increase feelings of calm and control; self-starvation and over eating can induce the numbing of emotions/feelings; isolating oneself can help to avoid trauma related stimuli; drug use can be used for management of chronic pain: and addictive behaviors can induce numbing or stimulation, or a combination of both. These behaviours, often labelled as self-destructive, serve a purpose for the individual. Alternate, healthier and more sustainable trauma management strategies can be taught through the use of yoga therapy.
Yoga therapy employs yoga postures, breathing exercises, meditation and guided imagery to aid in mental and physical healing after trauma. The meaning of the word “Yoga” is “union”. It comes from the Sanskrit root “yuj,” (pron. “yug”) which means “to join”, “to unite”. The holistic emphasis of nurturing the integration of mind, body and spirit is at the core of yoga therapy.
Yoga therapy is a newly developing field. It applies yoga techniques to particular health conditions and a yoga teacher is knowledgeable in both the techniques and the conditions they are treating. This allows the benefits of yoga to be much more focused. The goal is to treat the person as a whole, while helping them to develop the management skills to continue to heal themselves. Yoga therapy deals with all facets of a person, the physical and pranic body, mental states and emotions, the unconscious mind, the heart and its connection to all, are all considered when working with a traumatised individual in yoga therapy.
Benefits of Yoga therapy
Everyone can benefit from yoga therapy, regardless of their physical or mental limitations. Benefits are immediate. Here are some ways yoga therapy can help with the treatment process:
- Yoga fosters feelings of strength and courage, boosting self-esteem and self-worth, which can be helpful when dealing with impulse control and cravings.
- Yoga eases fear, tension and anxiety.
- Yoga teaches and practices mindfulness, allowing an individual to gain perspective on their life and situation so they can make better decisions and healthier choices.
- Yoga can help with compulsive behaviours by using control and release activities that can translate into their daily lives.
- Yoga offers a gentle and peaceful way to reconnect with the body after the devastating effects of addictive behaviour.
- Regular practice of asana and pranayama can improve focus and offer healthy, maintainable self-comforting techniques.
- Yoga can help in the reduction of the negative side effects of medications, such as weight gain and fatigue.
- Yoga is an empowering method of self-care that helps an individual recognise personal objectives and provides effective practices to support their journey on the road to wellness.
- The mindfulness of yoga practice can help an individual identify and deal with negative emotions and trauma connected to addictive behaviour.
Fraser Valley Treatment Centre for yoga therapy
The aftermath of trauma can have a devastating effect on life. At Fraser Valley Treatment Centre, our yoga and trauma therapy gives patients the knowledge and skills they need to reconnect to themselves, body and mind, to their family, to others and to the world around them.
If you or a loved one is struggling with the debilitating results of addictions and disorders caused by trauma, call us, or schedule a free, no obligation consultation on trauma and our yoga therapy.