Yoga and meditation are inextricably linked. They are ancient practices, rooted in Vedic science, that are now being proven by Western medicine, to be effective in the treatment of trauma and mental health disorders.
During the past several years, brain researchers at Harvard University have shown that regular meditation has a positive effect on the nervous system and physiological regulation. Research has further demonstrated that yoga practice activates the centers of the brain associated with an increased sense of well- being and self-awareness, improved emotional recognition and an increase in ability to express emotions. All of these factors are paramount in the healing of mood and anxiety disorders.
From an anecdotal perspective, I know the research to be true. My journey with yoga began 20 years ago. Little did I know at the time that it would become a way of life that would calm, soothe and nurture my soul. Yoga is simple, it is not what most people think. It is not about bending oneself into a pretzel. The word yoga comes from the Sanskrit word Yuj- to join together or to “yolk.” Yoga is the science of union, uncovering our highest potential/ self. I have found the practice of yoga to be healing on many levels; physically, emotionally and spiritually. It is something that I have in my toolbox, for my own wellness and self-care, as a clinician. It is also a tool I draw from to share with my clients on their journey of healing and self- discovery. Yoga is now known as an evidence-based practice in treating anxiety and mood disorders.