I was psychologically/emotionally and sexually abused in my marriage and when I left I was terrorized through the legal system. My abuser used my child to torment me; the abuse of my child was done in a way that it was difficult to address legally and my child had to continue visitations with the abusive parent. It takes tremendous skill to be an abuser and most therapist are no match for them let alone the legal system. Yoga and meditation is what saved my life and it has helped my child as well. Hatha yoga and meditation was the key to open the doors to many impossible situations. Both myself and my child are claiming our innner power which prevents us from being victimized. Abusers need negative energy: fear worry, anger, confusion & doubt in those they want to control. Without it, their efforts do not penetrate and there's nothing to interact with. I was able to and still continue to address negative thinking patterns of fear, doubt and confusion in myself and replace them with positive affirmations. I am also able to let go of beliefs (that my mind accepted as truth yet, they are lies) about money, relationships, my strengths and capabilities. All that I dream of and want to create starts within me and yoga is helping me to do that so that I can then make dreams come true in the physical realm of my life. No longer are the obstacles (whether in my body or in the outside circumstances in my life) defining me or detecting my experiences in life. It's magical living with faith and trust that only good things come to me, it's my birth right.
I suffer from PTSD after being injured in Iraq. I have found that meditation and yoga have helped me to be calm and focused. The breath control hepls to calm me during stressful moments.
I found this article to be very helpful. I survived a very traumatic early adolescence and teen years due to an abusive, perverted, ignorant Stepfather. I too have found yoga practice to be a calming release. Thank you for printing this article, perhaps it will help someone in need.
Yoga has helped me to get out of the violent relationship I was in and deal with the ptsd that fallowed. I found this article to be the voice that helps me to explain my experience to my fellow yoga practitioners and students.
This article is simply amazing. I have PTSD, and yoga has definately helped me when I'm having an anxiety attack, or just feeling a bit jumpy. It feels great to know other people have used yoga to their advantage to feel better within themselves. Another great reason to keep up with yoga.
I found this really inspiring that there is hope for what I am dealing with. Thank you!