Yoga, while an ancient practice with deep spiritual roots, is now a widespread, popular form of physical exercise and has taken on various forms in Western culture. However, the yoga modality at Integrative Life Center isn’t the same practice you’ll find at your local gym. It’s a centering, grounding, trauma-sensitive exercise that helps individuals physically release trauma where it’s stored – in the body.
When paired with other trauma-centered therapies like EMDR, CRM, and psychodrama, yoga has shown to be extremely beneficial in activating areas of the brain involving self-awareness, alleviating traumatic stress symptoms, and befriending one’s body after years of being disassociated from it. Incorporating trauma-sensitive yoga in the treatment of addiction and mental health struggles allow the individual’s body to use its own resources to heal itself.
Some evidence-based benefits of yoga in treatment include:
- Decreased stress and stress management
- Improved mood
- Relief from anxiety
- Reduced fatigue
- Promotes sleep quality
- Improves flexibility and balance
- Increased strength