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Traumatic experiences and the human body: A review of the evidence for yoga based treatments

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Title: Traumatic experiences and the human body: A review of the evidence for yoga based treatments
Author: Fife, Kelly A.
Department: Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition
Abstract: Estimates suggest that as many as 80% of individuals will experience some type of traumatic event over his or her lifespan (Breslau, 2009) and that up to 9% may develop Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) following the event (American Psychiatric Association, 2013). Given the psycho-physiological nature of PTSD and its symptoms, increased attention is being called to the potential healing effects of a regular yoga practice post-trauma exposure. The current paper (1) outlines the physiological effects of trauma on the human body; (2) reviews non-empirical claims/theories related to how yoga might benefit individuals who have experienced trauma; (3) presents empirical research findings with respect to the treatment effects of yoga as practiced by trauma survivors; (4) highlights evidence of the relational effects of trauma, particularly as seen in intimate partnerships and parent-child relationships; (5) discusses the potential treatment applicability of relational forms of yoga with couples and families affected by trauma.
Description: Advisor: Dr. Lynda Ashbourne – Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition – University of Guelph; Committee Member: Dr. Ruth Neustifter – Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition – University of Guelph
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10214/9229
Date: 2015-09-11


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