SOURCE: Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center

Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center

April 23, 2015 14:20 ET

Yoga Helps Heal Trauma

Individuals Who Practice Yoga Experience Positive Results

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwired - April 23, 2015) - Struggling with emotional trauma can be devastating for many individuals. Timberline Knolls, a leading residential treatment center for women and adolescent girls struggling with trauma and co-occurring disorders, sees yoga as a highly useful treatment modality for its residents. One positive benefit it offers is the ability to feel the body, which is sometimes lost after trauma. It also increases the capacity to tolerate sensations in the body and engages the pre-frontal cortex in the brain to create self-awareness.

"The mindful attention and modulation of the breath soothes a traumatized nervous system," said Rachel Sherron, MA, LPC, RYT, yoga therapy specialist at Timberline Knolls. "All of this combined decreases flashbacks, uncouples triggers, and empowers individuals by building internal resources."

Yoga is offered at Timberline Knolls to all residents. The yoga groups help residents struggling with trauma by providing a safe place to create a healthy relationship with one's body through mindful movement, meditation, and breathing practices. With yoga, residents build present moment awareness, increase tolerance to sensation, and build self-awareness without any need for verbal processing.

"One of the biggest benefits I see with our residents who struggle with trauma is their discovery of their true 'self,'" said Sherron. "They get to remember who they really are. Yoga helps them cut through all the trauma, the stories and identifications. Yoga shines a light on the perfection that exists within each of our residents."

In addition, yoga provides women with a safe connection to their bodies. The somatic (body) resources one builds through yoga can be taken off the yoga mat and into the real world. When residents find themselves struggling with a trigger, they can resource within their own bodies to maintain present moment awareness. Over time, this can decrease frequency and duration of flashbacks and dissociative episodes, and creates a sense of empowerment and hope.

"Yoga is a practice of finding equal amounts of effort and ease within each moment," adds Sherron. "Whether it's during a yoga pose, a tough talk therapy session, or transition to life after treatment, one's ability to step into challenge using just the right amount of effort and ease, creates a life full of personal power and grace."

About Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center:
Timberline Knolls is a leading private residential treatment center for women and adolescent girls (ages 12 -- 65+) with eating disorders, substance abuse, trauma, mood and co-occurring disorders. Located in suburban Chicago, residents receive excellent clinical care from a highly trained professional staff on a picturesque 43-acre wooded campus. Women and families seeking Christian treatment can opt for specialized Christian-based therapy. For more information on Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center, call us at 877.257.9611. We are also on Facebook -- Timberline Knolls, and Twitter -- Timberline Knolls.

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