Trauma

 

SAYING NO, TO TRAUMA OR CHRONIC STRESS .......

Trauma, acute stress disorder, generalised anxiety, depression, addiction and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can all benefit from Yoga and Meditation. The effects of trauma vary in intensity and combination. Especially as they express themselves in ongoing difficulties. Often masked with depression. Grief reactions, anger, withdrawal. Eventually gripping and grasping life.  Symptoms may first appear in the digestive system. The mood can be "off" no longer the joyful, happy, social self.  Emotions flare up suddenly and intensely for no apparent reason.  The mind no longer able to digest and process information. It’s difficult living with anger outbursts.  Moments of intense crying.  Waking during the night in fear or panic.  Unaware of what there is to be frightened of.  Images flash within the mind. Hyper-vigilance, acute sensory perception and extreme reactions to small sensations in the environment. Phobic triggers, reactions to symbols anything that reminds one of the events. These reactions are very common in veterans, victims of violent crimes and PTSD suffers. Avoidance patterns; to lesson the chance of fear, pain and flashbacks, people often restrict their movements and exposure to places and topics that bring up disturbing memories, feelings and sensations. There are traditional methods of healing available.  No one really understands the real effects. The only person who is going to heal you is you.  Drawing on that deep inner strength, from within Oneself.  Life is fragile and we all need to take care of ourselves. Are you no longer able to hide from it.  Have you used conventional methods of healing - such as a counsellor or psychotherapist?  Trauma symptoms differ.  It can get into the nervous system.  Which can become pounded with 'fight or flight' emotions. Affecting the nerve endings in the brain and ability to process information.  Yoga is a wonderful opportunity, to quieten the mind, to enable you to feel safe and secure in your body.  Creating the space and healing to clear out the darkness inside.  Kundalini Yoga, through mantra, breathing techniques and postures, works on the parasympathetic nervous system and sympathetic nervous system. The desire to achieve and succeed can pull you forward, knowing life has more to offer you. Just as there is a limit to how much pain we can tolerate, there is one for how much love we can allow.  Slowly moving towards a life.  Built on kindness and gentleness.  Its a wonderful power.  It’s a true strength.  

When we are traumatised we flinch.  We close down instead of open up.  We reject the very thing we need to comfort us, the hug and in doing so, we feel rejected.  This creates a spiral of action and reaction, until we can heal the trauma and begin to respond to the world with openness and receptivity, to allow in what we really need.  If we become stress-free, we reclaim the field of infinite possibility and embrace everything as we open up to our intuition.  In the realm of spirit, that is what it means to love.  Instead of reacting with fear, blame or revenge, we are grateful and compassionate.  

The story of trauma is often so automatic and seated so firmly in our bodies and our subconscious that those experiences become the foundation of our beliefs, they wire themselves into the fibre of our muscles, organs and nervous system.  Each trauma that lies unprocessed forms an exoskeleton, protecting us from the things we fear.  Our body holds onto that initial reaction, that stance and continues to restrict us in subtle ways.  We begin to 'manage' our emotions, constantly preparing for the next 'disaster'.  We need ways to open up to our own authenticity, our own movement, our own interior spaces.  We use Kundalini Yoga techniques to enter into a relationship to our full range of emotional vitality in the present moment.

 
Once you know you have a trauma and you have not faced it, you can’t be complete.
— Yogi Bhajan 3.7.1989