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Trauma-Informed Yoga by Joanne Spence
Trauma-Informed Yoga: A Toolbox for Therapists by Joanne Spence
Therapy is an intense experience. As such, therapists are often working in high-stress environments, using techniques that they’re not always familiar with.
This can exacerbate problems clients have that stem from past trauma, making it difficult for them to open up and talk about things in a therapeutic setting.
A new therapy book has been released that seeks to address these issues by educating therapists on how yoga can be used as a tool alongside more traditional methods of treatment.
Trauma-Informed Yoga: A Toolbox for Therapists discusses everything from logistics—where should sessions take place? How long should they last? What types of yoga poses work best?—to integration within existing frameworks, such as counseling or 12-step programs.
Spence has 15 years of yoga practice and a background in anatomy, physiology, neuroscience, nutrition, somatics, craniosacral therapy, meditation and more.
In Trauma-Informed Yoga: A Toolbox for Therapists, she describes how using therapeutic yoga can help clients heal from trauma.
Her descriptions include clear instructions on how to create safe spaces that are trauma-informed.
This book is very thorough in its approach to therapeutic yoga without being overwhelming or confusing. Highly recommended for anyone who wants to learn about therapeutic use of yoga.
The book Trauma-Informed Yoga: A Toolbox for Therapists is a must-read. If you are working with trauma survivors, it will help you learn how yoga can benefit your clients in their therapeutic journey.
The chapters are laid out beautifully with exercises, case studies and useful information about using yoga as an adjunctive treatment modality. There is no other book on the market that has all of these features.
In fact, I would go so far as to say that it is a must-have reference manual if you are doing trauma work as a psychologist or counselor.
This one’s a game-changer. It’ll help heal trauma, ease PTSD, and improve your self-care game if you practice it regularly.
Trauma-informed yoga is a safe way to break through trauma—whether it’s from physical abuse, sexual assault, or other traumatic events—and live a fuller life.
This book will teach you how to use specific poses while maintaining safety in your body as well as grounding in your mind.
It shows how yoga can be used therapeutically, not just physically. Like many healing practices that focus on women’s bodies, postures are often considered inherently feminine (soft and gentle). But these poses aren’t only meant for women; they’re tools that anyone can use when they need them most.
Trauma-Informed Yoga offers a detailed guide on how to use yoga as a trauma intervention.
Spence uses a posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) framework in her writing and connects readers with various practices that are meant to be healing after exposure to trauma.
She details how PTSD can affect individuals through text, mindfulness practices, pranayama exercises, asana recommendations, study summaries, charts detailing resources on PTSD, explanation of recent research surrounding yoga’s ability to heal people suffering from PTSD and more.
This book is great for those who may feel uncomfortable talking about their experiences with trauma or anxiety in a group setting but still want support connecting with others through similar traumatic experiences. As she mentions in her introduction, there’s strength in numbers!