1st Edition

Yoga for Trauma Recovery Theory, Philosophy, and Practice

By Lisa Danylchuk Copyright 2019
    220 Pages 27 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    220 Pages 27 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Yoga for Trauma Recovery outlines best practices for the growing body of professionals trained in both yoga and psychotherapy and addresses the theoretical foundations that tie the two fields. Chapters show how understanding the safe and effective integration of trauma-informed yoga and somatic psychotherapy is essential to providing informed, effective treatment. Uniting recent developments in our understanding of trauma recovery with ancient tenets of yoga philosophy and practice, this foundational text is a must read for those interested in the healing capacities of each modality. Readers will come away from the book with a strong sense of how to apply theory, philosophy, and research to the real-life complexities of clients and students.

    Foreword Patricia Walden  Foreword Christine Forner  Section One: Foundations: Understanding Trauma and Recovery  Introduction: The Evolution of a Field: Trauma-Informed Yoga  Chapter 1: Foundations of Mental Health   Chapter 2: Defining Trauma  Chapter 3: Stress and the Nervous System  Chapter 4: Somatic Psychotherapy: The Body’s Influence on the Mind  Section Two: Applications: Using Yoga to Recover from Traumatic Stress  Chapter 5: Yoga Philosophy  Chapter 6: Yoga Practices for Trauma Recovery  Chapter 7: Trust and Relationship  Chapter 8: Trauma-Informed Principles  Section Three: Growth: Keeping Joy Alive in the Face of Trauma  Chapter 9: Accessing Resilience  Chapter 10: Beyond Self-Care: Sustainable Systems  Chapter 11: Cultivating Joy  Chapter 12: Closing Thoughts and Recommendations  Acknowledgements  Glossary


    Lisa Danylchuk, LMFT, E-RYT, is the founder of The Center for Yoga and Trauma Recovery in Oakland, California. A graduate of UCLA and Harvard University, she offers training on yoga and trauma treatment internationally. She serves on both the board and the UN Task Force for the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation. Learn more about Lisa and her work at www.howwecanheal.com.

    "As the practice of healing through yoga becomes increasingly mainstream, it is essential that mental health professionals and yoga teachers develop skills in bridging yoga philosophy and trauma theory. This book does a great service to those interested in the growing fields of yoga service and trauma-informed yoga, and I highly recommend it to anyone seeking to cultivate peace, healing, and empowerment through mindful movement."Seane Corn, yoga teacher and co-founder of Off the Mat, Into the World®

    "Yoga for Trauma Recovery provides an accessible description of how yoga can be an effective therapeutic tool in the treatment of trauma. In this volume, Lisa Danylchuk effectively integrates classical yoga teachings and philosophy with contemporary psychotherapy and neuroscience. Based on her clinical experiences she provides compassionate examples of how yoga can foster recovery from trauma. By emphasizing how yoga, via breath and bodily movement, exercises the neural regulation of visceral organs, the reader is informed that yoga is an enabler of healing mechanisms that originate in the body and not from external agents."Stephen W. Porges, PhD, distinguished university scientist, Kinsey Institute, Indiana University Bloomington 

    "This is a compelling volume filled with the author's personal experiences as a teacher and clinician. It contains stories of heartbreak and resiliency as well as valuable information on the various physical, psychological, and physiological responses to traumatic events. Lisa Danylchuk addresses stress in both adaptive and maladaptive forms and articulates how our thoughts about stress affect our experience of it. She touches the entirety of our being and what it means to be human—when hurting as well as when in health."Carrie Owerko, senior level Iyengar teacher, Laban movement analyst, and functional range conditioning mobility specialist