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Alleviating Stress and Trauma Through Mindfulness Practice

Yoga for Trauma and Stress

Yoga  incorporates body and breath movements in order to create a mindfulness state that mitigates the effects of stress and trauma to restore health and well-being.Trauma Sensitive Yoga integrates the neuroscience of trauma with the principles of mindfulness yoga therapy to reclaim the body by reducing tension and releasing trauma.  The traditional style of talk therapy along with somatic practices like yoga reveal a potent combination that aid in boosting resiliency.

Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, a world renowned psychiatrist and published author, believes that between 70-80% of the population has experienced or will experience some form of trauma in  their lifetime.

“An essential aspect of recovering from trauma is learning ways to calm down, or self-regulate. For thousands of years, yoga has been offered as a practice that helps one calm the mind and body. More recently, research has shown that yoga practices, including meditation, relaxation, and physical postures, can reduce autonomic sympathetic activation, muscle tension, and blood
pressure, improve neuroendocrine and hormonal activity, decrease physical symptoms and emotional distress, and increase quality of life. For these reasons, yoga is a promising treatment or adjunctive therapy for addressing the cognitive, emotional, and physiological symptoms associated with trauma, and PTSD specifically.”

Emerson, Sharma, Chaudhry & Turner (2009)

“Yoga has been practiced in the East for thousands of years, and its adepts have claimed numerous benefits: physical, emotional, and spiritual. Until recently, however, these effects have not been quantified scientifically. With Bessel van der Kolk’s compelling research on the efficacy and positive physiological effects of yoga in trauma recovery, a vital new application for this ageless health-promoting method has been revealed.”

Dr. Peter Levine, Foreword, Overcoming Trauma Through Yoga (2011)

“The experience of trauma affects the entire human organism – body, mind and spirit – and the whole organism must be engaged in the healing process. Traditional trauma therapy is talk-based and focuses on the mind, the story, tending to neglect the physical, visceral and body-based dimension of trauma. Yoga, when skillfully employed, can uniquely address the physical needs of a trauma survivor, and provide a way for a trauma survivor to cultivate a friendly relationship to his or her body through gentle breath and movement practices.”

Emerson, Sharma, Chaudhry & Turner (2009)


Meditation is growing in popularity due to the profound benefits people experience as a result. Meditation is an invaluable tool for emotional balance and peace of mind.  Meditation provides you with the basic techniques and theory for deepening and expanding your practice.  Meditation allows your body to rest, restore and regenerate.  As you continue to practice meditation, you learn to become more resilient to daily stressors.  Meditation allows for a greater understanding, purpose and happiness.  It helps develop clarity, wisdom and brings a joyous state of self-realization while temporarily being free from worry and anxiety.  The Oracle Wellness Studio embraces  and teaches all forms of  meditation  practice.

Yoga and Meditation is beneficial to anyone in any occupational field.   Trauma and stress is pervasive in any profession and not exclusive to first responders.  For example police officers firefighters, paramedics and front line medical professionals would greatly benefit a yoga and meditation practice.

The Oracle Wellness Studio is located in Toronto near Brimley Rd.  and Ellesmere Rd.   Yoga and meditation is conducted in suitable and safe environment.

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