Yoga Therapy for PTSD

 

The Yoga Therapy Programme for P.T.SD. was developed by Farah Jindani together with her teacher Guru Fateh Singh Khalsa, in Toronto Canada. I was blessed to be able to attend the training to deliver this 8 week programme in Germany in 2017. Since then I have applied the teachings for my own healing process and now look forward to sharing this with others.

 

Outline of the course

Week 1.

 

This 8 week series meets once per week to practice the trauma-sensitive Kundalini Yoga curriculum designed to support people with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
In this course you will learn and apply proven yogic technology and techniques to manage the symptoms of PTSD that threaten to ruin your life.
The kriyas, or yoga sets, were chosen to restore internal rhythmic balance, increase vitality, improve sleep, and work with the psoas muscle where trauma is held in the body. These kriyas and meditations work for trauma survivors regardless of the source of trauma. The program is effective for both simple and complex trauma. Clinical diagnosis is not a pre-requisite for participation.

Week 1:
In week one we cover the basics of Kundalini Yoga and practice a powerful 3 part exercise that benefits the brain stem which helps to regulate emotions and change habits. With regular practice, students may be able to overcome nightmares, memory loss, and numbness. The powerful breathing technique used is known to release guilt, shame, and fear.

Week 2:
In week two we review material learned in week one and practice a simple sequence of postures to still the nerves, calm shakes, reduce anxiety, and lessen tension. We also learn a meditation to practice at bedtime to encourage normal, regular, restful sleep.

Week 3:
We review material learned in week two and add a meditation for dealing with “flash anger” that is experienced by trauma survivors. Flash anger comes from the experience of being powerless and the meditation works to stop the perpetual flow of self- defeating thoughts while giving the student the capacity to regain control of their own mind and strengthen the capacity for self-regulation.

Week 4:

Week four is all review with a focus on the role of the nervous system and self-regulation. The layering and repetition of the yoga sets and meditations helps the student integrate more deeply the benefits of the practice.

Week 5:
Week five introduces a new yoga set for creating internal balance and restoring rhythmic strength as well as a meditation for dissolving past traumas and restoring the nervous system.

Week 6:
Week six reviews material learned in week five and adds a meditation to increase feelings of self-efficacy, a sense of knowing that one’s contributions are valuable and important to humanity.

Week 7:
Week seven reviews material learned in week six as well as a new yoga set for renewing the nervous system and building stamina as well as reducing depression and a meditation for increasing awareness.

Week 8:
Week eight takes material learned and practiced in week seven to a deeper level with longer holds in each posture and reviews material learned in weeks 7 & 8 and adds a yoga set for mastering one’s “domain” by experiencing both their physical center as well as energetic center while improving circulation and releasing muscular tension. A sense of command over self is essential for survivors of trauma.

Every class includes a short silent meditation to develop sensory awareness and a guided deep relaxation.

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