Yoga for Trauma Recovery

Title: Yoga for Trauma Recovery: Theory, Philosophy, and Practice
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Published by: Routledge
Release Date: March 22, 2019
Pages: 220
ISBN13: 978-1138707207


Yoga for Trauma Recovery outlines best practices for the growing body of professionals trained in both yoga and psychotherapy and addresses the theoretical foundations that tie the two fields. Chapters show how understanding the safe and effective integration of trauma-informed yoga and somatic psychotherapy is essential to providing informed, effective treatment. Uniting recent developments in our understanding of trauma recovery with ancient tenets of yoga philosophy and practice, this foundational text is a must read for those interested in the healing capacities of each modality. Readers will come away from the book with a strong sense of how to apply theory, philosophy, and research to the real-life complexities of clients and students.



"Yoga for Trauma Recovery provides an accessible description of how yoga can be an effective therapeutic tool in the treatment of trauma. In this volume, Lisa Danylchuk effectively integrates classical yoga teachings and philosophy with contemporary psychotherapy and neuroscience. Based on her clinical experiences she provides compassionate examples of how yoga can foster recovery from trauma. By emphasizing how yoga, via breath and bodily movement, exercises the neural regulation of visceral organs, the reader is informed that yoga is an enabler of healing mechanisms that originate in the body and not from external agents."
—Stephen W. Porges, PhD, distinguished university scientist, Kinsey Institute, Indiana University Bloomington

"As the practice of healing through yoga becomes increasingly mainstream, it is essential that mental health professionals and yoga teachers develop skills in bridging yoga philosophy and trauma theory. This book does a great service to those interested in the growing fields of yoga service and trauma-informed yoga, and I highly recommend it to anyone seeking to cultivate peace, healing and empowerment through mindful movement.”
–Seane Corn, yoga teacher and co-founder of Off the Mat, Into the World®

“This is a compelling volume filled with the author's personal experiences as a teacher and clinician. It contains stories of heartbreak and resiliency, as well as valuable information on the various physical, psychological and physiological responses to traumatic events. Lisa addresses stress in all its forms (both adaptive and maladaptive) and articulates how our thoughts about stress affect our experience of it. She touches the entirety of our being and what it means to be human--when hurting as well as when in health.”
– Carrie Owerko
Senior Level Iyengar Teacher
Laban Movement Analyst
Functional Range Conditioning Mobility Specialist

Yoga for Trauma Recovery is an essential text for the growing yoga service and yoga therapy movements as well as for trauma therapists looking to expand their tool kit of skills. Lisa’s expertise in these fields shine through and leads the reader through the deep wisdom of yoga for healing with clarity, skillfulness and compassion. Highly recommended!”
– Susan Pease Banitt, LCSW, RYT, author of The Trauma Tool Kit: Healing From the Inside Out (2012) and Wisdom, Attachment and Love in Trauma Therapy: Beyond Evidence-Based Practice (2018), and former chair of Street Yoga

"This is a must-read for any clinician who provides services to populations impacted by trauma. This innovative approach presents a multifaceted and integrative theory of change that informs prevention, early intervention, and treatment through a trauma-informed lens while simultaneously supporting the clinician in their own process of development and introspection. Read it, take notes, and share the information with colleagues, as it is sure to change the way we work with trauma survivors in the long term."
– Josephine M. Kim, Ph.D., LMHC, NCC
Faculty, Prevention Science and Practice at Harvard Graduate School of Education/CAS in School Counseling
Faculty, Center for Cross-Cultural Student Emotional Wellness at Massachusetts General Hospital Faculty, Oral Health Policy and Epidemiology, Harvard School of Dental Medicine
Director, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Harvard School of Dental Medicine