As yoga continues to proliferate around the world, it’s important that therapists understand which practices can benefit clients struggling with complex trauma and PTSD, and which can actually worsen symptoms. LifeForce Yoga, designed for a clinical setting, can support your work by offering calming practices that can interrupt a panic attack, offset a flashback, and soothe a hyperaroused amygdala. Explore specific techniques to dial down tensions in the treatment room, bringing couples, families, and individuals back into balance and helping them productively engage in therapy and with each other. You’ll discover how to help clients:
- Respond to a panic attack by applying sound and breath techniques that gently but effectively calm the nervous system
- Use powerful, personal imagery to manage trauma-related flashbacks in the moment
- Apply hand gestures, called mudras, to create a parasympathetic response and reduce fight-flight-or-freeze reactions
- Self-regulate and self-soothe with gentle, accessible movements that increase heart rate variability and balance the autonomic nervous system
Note: No CE credit for this workshop.
Amy Weintraub, MFA, ERYT500, YACEP, C-IAYT, is the author of Yoga Skills for Therapists, Yoga for Depression, and numerous articles and book chapters on yoga for mental health. She’s the founder of LifeForce Yoga.