Therapeutic Oriented Yoga for Trauma reduction… a background

According to ancient Yogic thought, the basic cause of a problem lies in the mind. If the mind perceives something as an obstacle or a threat, the body reacts with a fight, flight or freeze response. Adrenaline is pumped into the system the muscles get tight, heart rate speeds and digestion stops. Traumatic reactions however, maintain this body response even though the ‘mind’ or thought processes are aware that the threat is over.

Over the past 20 years Scientists have been exploring the notion that for our whole life the Body Keeps the Score, as outlined by Dr. Bessel Van der Kolk in his recent book of that name.     As we may know, the body is made up of cellular structures which have a DNA, Nucleus, Mitochondria the energy source, it has boundaries of the cell walls and is intelligent enough to know what to keep out, what to let in and what to release as it lives it life of breath, waste management and chemically based knowledge.

The body is always communicating with itself.   Perhaps the ‘subconscious mind is the body’ as postulated by Candice Pert in her pioneering work The Molecules of Emotion, on how the chemicals inside our bodies form a dynamic information network, linking mind and body.   A new perspective has been written by research scientist Krishnagopal Dharani in the Biology of Thought where he finds ‘ sensations received from the outside world imprint molecular signatures in neurons for future retrieval’ (3).   Dr. Bruce Lipton wrote in The Biology of Belief about his experiments and that … ‘The implications of this research radically showing that genes and DNA do not control our biology; that instead DNA is controlled by signals from outside the cell, including the energetic messages emanating from our positive and negative thoughts ‘.

Yoga’s ideas about how a problem is maintained are correct and that the Mind is (also) the Body —as we shall see.

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