"Yoga offered me hope. It empowered me when I felt hopeless. After 30 years with undiagnosed PTSD, yoga made me feel calm and relaxed. I am still surprised and grateful at the depth of calm I feel after practising yoga."
G suffered from complex posttraumatic stress disorder as a result of a childhood illness, ongoing painful medical treatments and distressing hospitalisations. When she was finally diagnosed with PTSD she started seeing a psychologist. After some time she added regular yoga practice and the pace of healing speeded up as her body memories were processed and replaced with the new, positive information from the experience of yoga. G practised holistic yoga - pranayama breathing, meditation, yoga nidra relaxation, chanting and very simple asanas (postures).
I realised that the asanas had to be ultra simple, because of the associations her body had with physical pain. Previously, practising asanas had proved too upsetting; yet it was essential to find a way of working through that if she was to heal fully. Pawanmuktasana part 1 proved to be the answer.
Although she considered herself to be a fearful person, it was G's courage and hope that brought her through the emotional rollercoaster of facing her old feelings and letting them go. Now she is free of symptoms and no longer sees the psychologist. But yoga is forever. The journey of yoga continues as she discovers the joy that life can hold.
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Thanks a million!