• Part 1 Stress, trauma and the neuroplastic brain The scope of the problem / Introduction / PTSD and sensory processing / Neurophysiology of PTSD / Brain changes in PTSD and mind-body practices: the inverse relationship
• Part 2 The many faces of trauma Combat stress management Dr/Col (Ret) Patricia Lillis / Yoga for survivors of sexual trauma Dr Danielle Rousseau and Dr Amanda Napior / Recovery and empowerment through yoga in prison Dr Danielle Rousseau and Dr Amanda Napior / Bringing mind-body practices for victims of mass disasters Gretchen Steidle / Yoga for complex trauma survivors Dr Alison Rhodes / The yogic perspective: Healing trauma through the Koshas
• Part 3 Theory and practice of sensory-enhanced yoga® Sensory-enhanced yoga® for self-regulation and trauma healing / Guideline 1: A sense of safety is necessary for optimal healing to occur / Guideline 2: The most direct and powerful way to self-regulate is through control of the breath / Guideline 3: Yoga can promote effective sensory, motor and cognitive processing of traumatic experiences and thus aid healing / Guideline 4: New beliefs and attitudes more easily take hold when we first prepare the body to receive and accept them / Guideline 5: Self-empowerment is born on the wings of the spirit rising from the mind-body connection
• Part 4 Putting the practice together Structuring the practice / Description of therapeutic postures / Sensory-enhanced flows / References & bibliography / Appendix A: A/ASP responses of combat veterans / Appendix B: Sensory qualities of selected yoga postures and rhythmic flows
Lynn Stoller, OT, MS, OTR, C-IAYT, RYT500, E-RYT200 and outstanding expert contributors skilfully synthesize theoretical concepts and research findings from the fields of occupational therapy, trauma psychology, neuroscience, and traditional Eastern yogic philosophy to produce a Transdisciplinary Model for Post-Traumatic Growth for healing symptoms of combat stress, PTSD, or other unresolved trauma or anxiety disorders. The model is informed by the highly successful yoga treatment protocol used with U.S. military personnel deployed to Kirkuk, Iraq, which the author co-developed (Stoller et al, 2012) and by her experiences teaching yoga to veterans in her local community.
Sensory-Enhanced Yoga® is designed to help meet the
• Decrease hypervigilance and overreaction to sensory input (e.g.visual, crowds, touch, noise, movement).
• Improve quality of sleep and energy level to support wellness and enhance daily productivity.
• Decrease intrusive thoughts by learning to become present through breath and body awareness.
• Enhance one’s sense of self-worth and personal empowerment.
Whether you are a therapist looking for effective treatment tools for your clients or are seeking healing for yourself, this insightful book will provide you with effective strategies to help promote peace of mind and full engagement in life. Lynn’s website: www.sensoryenhancedyoga.org