I don’t compare or put a severity level on trauma. All trauma, regardless of the source, type, or duration, has powerful consequences and impacts a person’s identity and sense of self-worth. Also, I do not believe trauma victims are permanently damaged or destroyed. From those who suffer PTSD and abuse through military service/war to those who suffer from sociopath/narcissistic abuse as children, I absolutely believe recovery is possible.

I have tried lots of traditional methods and approaches to recovery. The one that works for me is yoga, and I started practicing yoga not aware of the impact it would eventually have on my trauma and triggers! I simply stumbled upon the healing and transformational power of yoga.

During a traumatic event and/or periods of perpetual trauma, our ability to physically move and act is hindered. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that everyone who suffers from trauma holds trauma in their physical bodies…in their muscles…in their connective tissues. The combination of focused breathing and movement that yoga requires has been proven to release that internal tension and “free” a patient slowly and gradually over time.

To add to its credibility as an effective tool, yoga is gaining the spotlight in the integrative health field. Non-profits like Boulevard Zen and Yoga Hope have provided yoga as therapy to DV survivors and to survivors of the Boston Marathon bombing respectively. Many survivors of cancer also have yoga as part of their recovery programs in hospitals and institutes. In addition, med students are even being encouraged to become yoga practitioners and teachers, so they understand the power of yoga in order to recommend yoga therapy to their future patients.

If I had not seen and experienced the positive results in myself and in others whom I have personally met and been in contact, I would not feel confident enough to share and encourage others to give yoga and meditation a try. To just consider it.

But it does require a commitment of at least several weeks of consistent practice. Recent studies conducted with older generation veterans concluded that after just 8 weeks of a regular and consistent practice of transcendental meditation (TM), vets with PTSD experienced a 50% decrease in their symptoms and triggers. That’s huge to me, considering TM requires zero movement of the physical body beyond the rise and fall of the lungs, pumping of the heart, and the flow of oxygenated blood to all our organs.

So I feel internally motivated to make an effort to influence and persuade folks who happen to find this blog to try yoga. I am starting to put together Introduction to Yoga and Meditation videos to share on this site very soon. I can’t wait to offer these to you.

For now, check out Yoga and Meditation Therapy for Survivors of Sociopath Abuse on this site.


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  1. […] Yoga as therapy for victims of all types of abuse. […]


  2. Paula, I love how you write that you don’t qualify or quantify abuse. I have people say to me
    what ‘s the big deal–you were only involved with ex-narc for a few months, not knowing it was a 30 year effect which started when I was 18. Or say well you were only raped once—. Abuse, pain , hurt etc…does not matter how, when or how often. What matters is that it occured at all. And I think one of the first steps in healing is when our trauma is recognized by at least one other person. And you do that for anyone that comes across your blogs. Thank you. You are inspiring me to find yoga class.


    • Yah!!! I’m so happy you’re getting inspired to find a studio/teacher!! Today was my last teaching exam toward my certification. I received some great feedback and was told my teaching style and approach was inclusive, that I somehow, through my tone, voice and theme, had the ability to induce a feeling of belonging among the students I taught. Made me feel really ready to move forward. All I want is for people to feel welcomed and understood…and like we each equally matter. I was also informed I would be great working with children. 🙂


  3. I started…or I should say re-started the chakra healing yoga practice I have on CD. It’s an audio CD that comes with a booklet. Anyway, after our back and forth yesterday, it occurred to me that continuous ongoing trauma is different (I’m not claiming it to be worse, just different) in that it goes on during the time of brain development. So the brain forms differently in a child who is abused than it does in a child who is not. Again I’m not minimizing anyone’s trauma.

    But I am wondering if there have been any cases that yoga has healed that type of trauma.
    I certainly can’t hurt either way. And could play a significant role in contributing to healing.
    I’m working on being a volunteer to find out. Lol.


  4. yoga has pulled me through many a dark time, I’ve learned much over the past 16 years from so many teachers, some have become very close friends! there’s an old saying…’a word leads to a word, a deed leads to a deed’…everyone is capable of gaining some measure of healing, with an open mind, yoga and all the words and deeds it gave me led me to a world of healing modalities. there’s not enough hours in a day for me to explore the wonderful world that yoga gives me.


  5. Reblogged this on A Yogini Transformed and commented:

    Yoga Therapy for all sufferers of trauma who desire peace and joy once again!


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