Bessel Van Der Kolk’s “The Body Keeps the Score” is a big read, a ground-breaking work that masterfully lays out years of research on trauma, the trauma response, and healing. It’s one of those books that now has an absurd number of ear-marked pages and highlighted paragraphs.
Understanding the role of trauma in the mind-body disconnect that is prevalent in the yoga studio, as well as society as a whole, was like discovering a missing key. It altered my career and remains a topic of devoted study for me.
PTSD and early-life trauma leads to a near shut down of the self-sensing areas of the brain. Survivors may lose body awareness and their sense of purpose in life.
In his book Van Der Kolk writes, “the challenge of recovery is to reestablish ownership of your body and your mind – of your self”.
I can’t help but think of a verse from the Bhagavad Gita: “Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self”.
Trauma is something we’ve all experienced to varying degrees. If you want to take back ownership of your body and mind, yoga can help. I’m now booking private sessions, where you will receive a custom daily practice to complement your healing. I would love to be your guide.