New research and clinical work is showing that yoga is an effective treatment for chronic pain and those suffering from trauma. Read the original article here.

Researchers found that 52 percent of the yoga participants no longer met the criteria for a PTSD diagnosis after treatment, compared with 29 percent of the control group. Their conclusion was that the yoga had helped the women tolerate physical and sensory experiences connected to the fear and helplessness of their trauma.

Without treatment, such PTSD sufferers remain disconnected from physical sensations, and common daily actions or events can trigger or reignite their pain all over again. Instead of living in this vicious cycle, Adams said that patients can choose to accept the yoga experience and allow whatever physical response that arises.

The reconnection of body and mind can be a powerful healing experience, he said.

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