Embodied Healing

Title: Embodied Healing: Using Yoga to Recover from Trauma and Extreme Stress
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Published by: Difference Press
Release Date: November 15, 2015
Pages: 142
ISBN13: 978-1683090052


In Embodied Healing: Using Yoga to Recover from Trauma and Extreme Stress, Lisa shares the foundation of her approach and offers simple ways to understand and apply the theoretical bridges between the fields of yoga and psychotherapy. She outlines core elements of trauma treatment, yoga philosophy, and effective healing approaches, and helps you understand how trauma theory and yoga philosophy interconnect. The book lays the foundation for a deep understanding of how yoga can respond to the needs of the body, mind and spirit in the wake of trauma.



"As our collective understanding of the mind-body connection deepens, it is essential that
teachers and healers understand the bridges connecting yoga and trauma recovery. Yogis and mental health professionals alike have a wealth of information that, when pooled, can offer massive opportunities for the mind and body to find union and heal together. In this book, Lisa Danylchuk - who has studied and practiced with me for over 15 years - outlines
foundations in yoga philosophy and trauma recovery that all therapists and yoga teachers
should know. This book does a great service to healers holding space for others and to those
looking to move through their own challenging life circumstances. I highly recommend it for anyone seeking to support a world that fosters peace, healing and empowerment through mindful movement.”
– Seane Corn, Yoga teacher and co-founder of Off the Mat, Into the World®

“I’ve been in the helping profession for 20 years, and when I attend lectures on counseling related issues, I generally don’t expect to learn new information that challenges my own
theory of change so much so that it makes me reassess my own practice. Lisa came to speak
on trauma-informed counseling to my class of graduate students a few weeks ago, and I’m
still reeling from her innovative approach to trauma, wondering how much disservice I’ve
done to my former clients by not approaching their treatment with a trauma-informed lens.
Lisa’s book is sure to leave you in similar introspection. This is a must-read for any clinician
who provides services to populations impacted by trauma.”
– Josephine M. Kim, PhD, LMHC, NCC, faculty, Harvard Graduate School of Education, author of The Secret to Children’s Self-Esteem and Self-Esteem in the Classroom

“Embodied Healing seamlessly and accessibly integrates trauma theory and yoga philosophy. This book helps yoga teachers and healing professionals understand the layered complexity of trauma and its impact, and offers a solid foundation for how yoga can foster lasting change. These days, the need for trauma-informed practice is strong, and this book provides a conscious, clear road map for those in a position to help.”
– Elena Brower, Author of Art of Attention

“Lisa brings her wealth and depth of knowledge to the subject of how to use yoga as method
and means for transformational healing. I have worked with her in a variety contexts and
have seen firsthand her capacity to couple compassion with a clear, grounded, and practical
approach to many of the challenges that arise in the classroom.”
– Carrie Owerko, Senior Certified Iyengar Teacher and laban Movement Analyst

“In this book, Lisa brilliantly illustrates the power of yoga, both philosophy and asana,
coupled with clear science for profound emotional healing. Her unique voice of deep
experience of heartbreak and her years of study and practice in psychology and the art of
yoga creates an accessible and amazingly detailed guide to healing. This book is essential for
any seeker of healing as well as for teachers, guides, and facilitators in all fields.”
– Melanie Salvatore-August, ERYT500/PRYT, author of Kitchen Yoga: Simple Home
Practices to Transform Mind, Body and Life

Lisa Danylchuk is a brilliant yoga teacher and therapist bridging the worlds of yoga and
psychology. Thanks to her pioneering interest in these two fields, she offers us a clear and
understandable path using yoga as means of recovering from the pain of trauma. With
sincerity, humor, and knowledge Lisa shares the tools to help us understand ourselves and
others more fully and completely. Read this book!
– Nikki Estrada

“Lisa has taken the latest knowledge about trauma and integrated it with her training and
experience with yoga. She’s been taught by the best in both fields, and that is rare. She speaks honestly, with respect for the reader, giving support while sharing what she has learned about working through trauma, completely – body, mind, and spirit.”
– Lynette S. Danylchuk, PhD, President of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation


If you’ve picked up this book, chances are you’re a special kind of healer. You’ve seen
some serious challenges, been obliterated by life, had your mind, heart, or even house
explode and you have marched on, putting it all back together. Congratulations! You’re a
walking testament to human resilience and a shining light to those in the world who
desperately want to follow in your footsteps as they journey through their own challenges.
Being a special kind of healer means you have been wounded or have struggled, as all of
us have, in unique ways. Thanks to ongoing studies about trauma and healing, there are
specific things we can do and attitudes we can cultivate to promote our own and others’
healing. You may already have found some of these helpful as you’ve traveled your own

Those of us who have overcome trauma often initially find ways of coping that, while they
may help momentarily, create other problems or don’t create lasting positive change. This
book shares methods of healing that can help foster long-term, integrated healing – the kind that builds momentum and the capacity not only for more healing, but for deep, soulful joy.