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Summary: This article aims to educate the readers about how yoga can heal the trauma. Learn more about the yoga poses for healing trauma

Majority of people practice the science of yoga for strong, supple body and mental calmness. When we look further into what yoga can offer it is a lifestyle; an attitude. Yoga is a way, which when practiced has immense power to wake us, calm us, soothe our pain, strengthen our body and soul, as well as promote healing within us. The traditional art form of yoga bestows an individual with endless benefits, all you have to do is to commit. One of the many benefits of yoga is that it is effective in healing trauma.

Trauma is a severely depressing and debilitating event that infringes a person’s sense of control and may even reduce their capacity to integrate the situation into their current reality. When the word trauma conjures up, most people tend to think about those who have been exposed to war, physical and sexual abuse, and catastrophic accidents. However, an individual does not have to undergo an overly depressing situation to affect them. Everyday events can also be traumatic. Traumatized people become afraid of the physical sensations, they live in a constant fear, and their breathing becomes shallow.

The practice of yoga poses touches a person on every level-physical, mental, emotional and spiritual thus proving to be an effective modality for healing trauma. The pranayama techniques improve the quality and quantity of your breath thereby decreasing stress. Yoga asanas open you up to the feeling of every aspect of your body’s sensation. It is a gentle, safe method for people to befriend their bodies, where the trauma of the past rests.

Here are five yoga poses for healing trauma. Take a look at the list:

1. Butterfly Pose or Baddha Konasana: Sit on a yoga mat with a straight back and extended legs in front of you. Bend your knees and bring the soles of your feet together. Draw your heels to your pelvic region. Clasp your feet firmly with your hands. Upon inhalation, move your knees like the wings of the butterfly. Hold this pose for 30-60 seconds.

2. Upward facing dog pose or Urdhva Mukha Svanasana: Kneel on a yoga mat and slowly lie on your stomach on the floor. Roll your shoulder blades back and place your hands close to your hips. Make sure your elbows are bent. Gently, straighten your arms, lift your chest and head off the mat. Slightly tilt your head backward and look up towards the ceiling. Remain in this pose for 30-60 seconds and slowly release the pose.

3. Shoulder stand or Sarvangasana: Lie in a supine position on the floor with bent knees. Bring your knees close to your chest and rest your arms by the side of your body. Press your palms into the floor and lift your hips up above the mat. Now, place your hands on your lower back for support. Align your knees over your hips and gently straighten your legs. Rest your head on the ground. Retain the pose for 10-15 seconds.

4. Reclined Bound Angle Pose or Supta Baddha Konasana: Sit tall on a yoga mat and straighten your legs in front of you. Bend your knees, your heels close to each other and place them near the pelvis. This is baddha konasana pose. Slowly, lean back on the floor and rest your arms on either side of the body. Remain in this pose for 30-60 seconds.

5. Bridge Pose or Setu Bandhasana: Lie on your back, bend your knees and separate your feet about 6 inches apart. Press your feet firmly into the ground and lift up your hips off the ground. Your head, shoulders, and arms should rest on the floor. Clasp your hands underneath your back and interlace your fingers. Try to lift your hip as high as possible. Take deep breaths. Remain in this pose for 20-30 seconds.

Victims of trauma experience deep disconnection from their bodies. The science of yoga is a potent somatic technique of healing. Try these five yoga poses to naturally release the trauma.