Yoga for PTSD

Yoga for PTSD
Mauro Luis Michel
Yoga for PTSD
PTSD can be defined as a mental state that occurs following subjection of an individual to a terrifying occurrence. Evidently, there are many states that can prompt the development of the PTSD. These include involvement in accidents, violence, military combat, terrorist attack and natural disasters among others. While PTSD may take time to develop, its occurrence may be immediate in some persons. The condition may result into health complications including, but not limited to depression, anxiety, eating disorders, drug and alcohol issues, and suicide attempts.
While many methodologies have since been devised to curb development of PTSD into chronic states, the use of Yoga holds a great potential. According to Kolk, et al. (2014), yoga has shown marked potential in reduction of PTSD symptoms development. The method equally shows potency in improving functioning of the traumatized persons, while simultaneously facilitating tolerance to physical and sensory triggers. This ensures experiences of fear and helplessness are limited.
As an intervention program in PTSD, yoga offers unique approach to rediscovery of self, and elimination of personal fears. A review of the principles of yoga indicates the contribution of the mind in regulation of sensory systems. This dictates personal reflections on past, present and future experiences and expectations. This aspect of reflection is critical in PTSD patients confused by thoughts of their pasts, eliciting fear in their ability to tackle the future. Due to the principle of positivity promoted in Yoga, such fears and frustrations can be eliminated.
To this end, it is clear that yoga adopts a sequential process involving five pillars in treating PTSD. These pillars include comprehension, misunderstanding, fantasy, sleep and memory. In this sense, yoga appreciates that while some memories are true, others are false and can be misleading. Therefore, yoga is a strategic instrument for directing and giving clarity of the mind through use of a calming system. This is attained through creation of special linkage between the mind of the body through breathe and awareness. In eventuality, it promotes realization of peace and comfort in the patients.


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