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I suffered PSTD, it was chronic. I didn't know about Yoga therapy because at the time there wasn't much information at all in Australia. I'm a Spa therapist/ Pilates instructor as well as a yoga participant at the time I went into Trauma. I discovered eveything I had studied, could cure me and self healed. I am very glad this information is now being used and acknowledged. I've help alot of people.


Great article. It was very validating, and reminded me to be a little gentler with my self. For this survivor Corpse and Cow are far more difficult than Yogic Sleep. It will also help me with my students: it almost seems everyone has some trauma.


I teach Satyananda Yoga to war veterans in Australia with fantastic results. The program has been going for almost 20 years and new members continue to join. If you are involved in or interested in yoga for PTSD, I'd love to hear from you - go to and email from there.


recovery is hard...not for sissies and so the willing do well, even if in tears....I am willing to go to any length today. Yoga is miraculous! Taking breaks is helpful. Try and decease the # of breaks over time.

Veterans Yoga Project

Veterans Yoga Project offers an excellent training workshop for yoga teachers interested in working with Veterans coping with PTSD. Check out


The CoNnTeNt Is ReallY NiCe BuT tHeIrs A ThInGs That NoT bEen InCluDed..anD FoR thE AdVaNce ItS ReaLly GooD


maria - I've taught you in treatment centers and think it's a great idea. are you certified to teach b/c yoga can even be challenging and overwhelming for addicts who often have abuse histories? i found really basic more restorative classes work best esp for those still detoxing. with those in long term tx i think classes can increase in the physical nature but initially focusing on breathing techniques (dirga, ujjayi, nadi shodhana) that help with focus and present moment awareness and almost just staying with slow basic movements that focus on the 6 movements of the spine.
hope that helps.


Sprout Yoga provides free yoga for people overcoming PTSD.

check out the blog on this topic here:


I would like to teach a beginners class. I work in a residential drug and alcohol treatment center. Any ideas for me?


I am so glad there are articles like this to bring awareness to abuse in our culture, and how do become whole. Sometimes I feel very hopeless that I will never heal my emotional wounds of being sexually/emotionaly abused by my father and later traumatized by the court system. Untill yoga I did not know how to deal with the pain. It gives me hope that there is a way of healing other then medications.

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