I have been interested in the path of Yoga as a tool for dealing with a traumatic event for sometime now. There has been an exploration of yoga being used for veterans dealing with post-traumatic-stress-disorder (PTSD) as a tool to subside the symptoms for a number of years. The article hyper linked in the previous sentence, shared with me by Sarah Wade, provides an example of yoga applied in this setting.
I decided to explore yoga as a tool for dealing with traumatic events a bit further – to investigate peer reviewed literature that was researching yoga in international humanitarian relief situations ie: post natural disaster or violent conflict. The intention behind the research was to consider yoga as a practice method within international settings.
As anything goes within an international development context – different practices are controversial due to the nature of relief coming from both external and internal sources – and yoga could only be considered indigenous to India, Sri Lanka or some other countries in East Asia. Therefore, controversy remains within this suggested practice method – yet uncertainty and controversy resides within the international sphere and any mental health practices…
So explore for yourself…
I discovered some interesting findings – both positive and important things to consider – most importantly, ensuring the practice method is causing no harm!
I constructed a website to share my findings. You can view it at ‘Yoga ~ Considering a Collective Practice Method’.
If you have any feedback, comments or stories – I would love to hear back! Discussion is welcomed!