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Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and How Yoga Can Help

Trina Bawden-Smith - Monday, June 09, 2014
We are pleased to announce that Sal Flynn will be presenting on Trauma and How Yoga can Help at the Australian Yoga Therapy Conference in Brisbane

Sal is a Yoga therapist, psychotherapist and educator who works with trauma.

With the prevalence of trauma in our society, it is important that Yoga teachers and therapists understand what trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder are and how you can help your affected students.

One of the world’s leading experts on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, tried yoga himself and was hooked. He has pioneered the use of Yoga as a therapy in helping people working through their PTSD.

He decided that therapists working with trauma needed to work with the body as well as the mind. "The memory of the trauma is imprinted on the human organism," he says. "I don't think you can overcome it unless you learn to have a friendly relationship with your body." 

He found that relaxation and breathing practices helped his PTSD patients calm themselves down when they sensed that a flashback or panic attack was coming. 

In this interview, Dr. Van der Kolk, addresses –
• how Yoga can help trauma-sensitive individuals, 
• whether meditation is suitable for those with PTSD and 
• advice for Yoga teachers working with trauma-sensitive individuals

Come along to the Australian Yoga Therapy Conference and learn first-hand how Yoga can help those affected by trauma and PTSD.                                                                                

Date: 25 - 26 October 2014, 9am - 5pm 
Venue: Hilton Hotel Brisbane 
Cost: $375 earlybird ends 15 June 2014