Yoga for PTSD
What is PTSD?
According to the National Center for PTSD from the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs which is the world’s leading research and educational center of excellence on PTSD and traumatic stress.
“PTSD is a mental health problem that some people develop after experiencing or witnessing a life-threatening event, like combat, a natural disaster, a car accident, or sexual assault. It’s normal to have upsetting memories, feel on edge, or have trouble sleeping after this type of event.”
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a specific type of stress-oriented disorder that develops in some people who have experienced a shocking, scary, or dangerous event. It’s natural human behavior to feel afraid during or after any traumatic situation. Fear triggers many split-second changes in our bodies.
These changes help us to defend ourselves against danger or to avoid it. This “fight-or-flight” response is a typical reaction meant to protect a person from any harm.
Even though nearly everyone will experience a range of reactions after any trauma, yet most people can easily recover from initial symptoms naturally. Those who continue to experience problems may be diagnosed with PTSD. People who have PTSD may feel so much stressed, even when they are not in danger.
Who develops PTSD?
Everyone is prone to PTSD as anyone can develop PTSD at any age. Several factors can cause or increase the chance that someone will have or will later develop PTSD, many of which are not under that person’s direct or indirect control.
For example, having a very intense or long-lasting traumatic event or getting injured during the event can make it more likely that a person will develop PTSD. PTSD is also more common after certain types of trauma, like combat and sexual assault.
Symptoms of PTSD
- Emotional arousal
- Difficulty sleeping
- Outbursts of anger or irritability
- Difficulty concentrating
- Muscle aches and pains
- Irregular heartbeats
- Feelings of panic and fear
- Drinking too much alcohol
- Using drugs (including painkillers)
Yoga for PTSD
Generally, Yogic counseling along with panch-kosha based yoga therapy is what’s most useful for PTSD Treatment as mentioned by Guruji Shubham Barwala Ji.
According to Guruji Neeraj Medharti Ji, Yoga brings peace to the soul which in turn eliminates human suffering.
What is Yoga?
According to Bhagwad Gita Equanimity, Stability, Balance, Harmony, Equipoise is yoga i.e. Samatvam Yoga Ucchyate.
According to Sage Vashistha, yoga is the skill to calm down the mind i.e. Manah Prasanna up ayah yoga.
And according to Great Sage Maharishi Patanjali yoga is the cessation of mental modifications i.e. Yoga is to gain mastery over modifications of Mind.
According to Guruji Shubham Barwala Ji, yoga is the recognition of Mental Modifications the moment they arise in our consciousness.
According to Guruji Neeraj Medharthi, Ji Yoga is the state of perfect balance.
Evidence-based yoga therapy or Yoga for PTSD
Effects of a yoga breath intervention alone and in combination with exposure therapy for post-traumatic stress disorder and depression in survivors of the 2004 South-East Asia tsunami
(Acta Psychiatr Scand 2009)
Yoga Reduces Symptoms of Distress in Tsunami Survivors in the Andaman Islands
(Advance Access Publication June 2007 eCAM 2007;4(4)503–509)
Post-traumatic stress symptoms and heart rate variability in Bihar flood survivors following yoga
(BMC Psychiatry, 2010)
Yogic Practices or Yoga for PTSD
Yogic Diet – Yoga for PTSD
- Take Cow milk
- Fruits, veggies, dals
- Eat on time. Chew food properly.
- Sattvic home-cooked meals.
- Increase the intake of seasonal fresh fruits and vegetables. Include high-fiber foods such as vegetables, cooked peas and beans (legumes), whole-grain foods, cereals, rice, and fresh fruit in your diet. Choose foods that are low in saturated fat and cholesterol.
- Keep the body well hydrated.
- Avoid processed and refined foods. Try to avoid nerve stimulants such as tea, coffee, alcohol, dark chocolate.
Asanas – 8 Yoga Poses for PTSD
- Hero pose.
- Tree pose.
- Triangle pose.
- Standing Forward Bend.
- Fish pose.
- Extended Puppy pose.
- Child’s pose.
- Head-to-Knee Forward Bend
Kriyas – Yoga for PTSD
- Jala neti
- Sutra neti
- Vamana dhauti
Pranayama – Yoga for PTSD
- Sheetli Shitkari
- Sectional breathing
Manomaya Kosha – Yoga for PTSD
- Yoga Nidra
- Emotional Counseling
- Mind Sound Resonance Technique (M.S.R.T.)
Vijnanamaya Kosha – Yoga for PTSD
- Counseling about the disease, triggering factors, diet.
Anandamaya Kosha – Yoga for PTSD
- Karma Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Spend time with family and loved ones.
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