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Yoga for Trauma Recovery

Theory, Philosophy, and Practice, 1st Edition

By Lisa Danylchuk


206 pages | 27 B/W Illus.

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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.


"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

Table of Contents

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

About the Author

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

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / Counseling
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychopathology / Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / General
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health