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The Role of Yoga in Healing Trauma

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The Role of Yoga in Healing Trauma

If you struggle with the effects of trauma, you aren’t alone. SAMHSA recently reported that over 61% of men and 51% of women had experienced some form of trauma in their lifetime. Moreover, over 90% of people who are receiving care from a public behavioral health care organization struggle with trauma. Fortunately, yoga therapy is one treatment option that can reduce your anxiety and improve your mental health, according to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. Learn more about yoga and trauma healing at Red Oak Recovery®’s young male addiction treatment program today.

What Do Experts Say About the Link Between Yoga and Trauma Healing?

“Regulated breathing, for example, calms the parasympathetic nervous system. Practicing staying in the moment counteracts some of the dissociative effects of trauma. And the physical activity of yoga, of course, can directly improve health,” reported NPR.

Yoga for victims of trauma includes modifications. For example, instructors always ask permission before adjusting a pose. This is particularly helpful for victims of sexual abuse. “Being asked to be touched, it gave us a little power back in a place where all our power is taken,” study participant Missy Hart told NPR.

Yoga also helped by offering choices: “You can sit and reflect and think about what you want to think about. It helped us feel normal,” she said.

Other Benefits of Yoga

According to the report, other benefits of yoga for people with trauma include:

  • Better self-regulation
  • Increased self-esteem
  • Improved sleep
  • Reduction in gastric symptoms

Yoga for Addiction Recovery

Whether or not you have a history of trauma, this ancient practice can be a smart tool in your addiction recovery. It will help you align the mind, body, and spirit so you can find inner peace and comfort. Some more advantages of participating in yoga therapy during an addiction treatment program include:

  • Reduced stress and anxiety
  • Redirecting harmful and negative thoughts
  • Identifying cravings
  • Clearing mental fog
  • Experiencing a sense of community

Trauma-Informed Treatment Modalities

Red Oak Recovery®? is a clinically dynamic, trauma-informed treatment center. Therefore, we help young men to recover from the impact of trauma in their lives. To do this, we utilize an integrated approach based on theory, research, and clinical experience. In other words, we offer many addiction therapy programs. Some of these programs will take a holistic approach. In other words, they will be programs that treat your mind, body, and soul. We also offer programs that have been scientifically proven to work, otherwise known as evidence-based therapies. These therapies include:

  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy
  • Dialectical behavioral therapy
  • Experiential therapy
  • Trauma therapy
  • Meditation therapy

Moreover, we treat a variety of addictions, including:

  • Alcohol addiction
  • Heroin addiction
  • Cocaine addiction
  • Opioid addiction
  • Benzos addiction

Red Oak Recovery® is a treatment option for men ages 18-30. Our goal is to help you overcome your addiction, through yoga therapy and many other therapeutic options. To learn more about yoga and trauma, or to enroll in one of our treatment programs, call Red Oak Recovery® at 866.457.7590 today. Together, we can help you overcome your addiction and begin a brand new chapter of your life.