“Traumatic experiences alter people’s relationship to their bodies in ways that leave them feeling uptight, disconnected, on edge and at odds with themselves and their environment. Neuroscience research shows that awareness of physical sensations forms the very foundation of human consciousness. Since trauma shakes the foundations of the human organism, healing can only occur if that organism can be made to feel safe, powerful and effective. Yoga and other body-based practices do just that.”
from Kripalu Yoga Booklet Summer 2011-
Describing a class offered by Bessel van der Kolk who is a clinical psychiatrist, professor of psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine, medical director of the Trauma Center and author of The Body Keeps Score.