Feb 7, 2023

Trauma can have a significant impact on our physical and mental well-being. It can manifest itself in various ways, such as anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Healing internal trauma can be a difficult and long journey, but incorporating yoga and meditation into your healing process can have a profound effect.

Yoga is a practice that promotes physical and mental well-being by connecting the body and mind through movement and breath. Physical postures, or asanas, can help release body tension and reduce stress. Yoga also encourages mindful breathing, which can help to regulate the nervous system and reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression.

In addition to the physical benefits, yoga offers a space for emotional release and self-reflection. Many yoga postures, such as forward folds and twists, can help release pent-up emotions and stored trauma in the body. Yoga can also provide a safe and supportive space to process and integrate difficult experiences and emotions.

Meditation is another powerful tool for healing internal trauma. It can help to calm the mind and reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression. Meditation can also help to increase self-awareness and provide a deeper understanding of one’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. This can be especially helpful for individuals who have experienced trauma, as it can help to identify patterns and triggers that may be causing emotional distress.

One type of meditation, called mindfulness meditation, is particularly beneficial for healing internal trauma. Mindfulness meditation encourages individuals to observe their thoughts and feelings without judgment, allowing them to process and release difficult emotions in a safe and non-judgmental environment.

Yoga and meditation can also be used together in a practice called Yoga Nidra or “yogic sleep.” This is a guided meditation practice that is usually done lying down. It is a powerful tool for healing as it allows the individual to enter into a deep state of relaxation while being guided through imagery and breath-work.

Sources: Wiley Online LibraryPsych NetJama Internal Medicine