According to Dr. Arielle Schwartz, Yoga is one such path to healing, offering tools to address these physiological imbalances through practices that allow clients to sense their body, change how they breathe, move stuck energy, and rest into stillness. Through the lens of interpersonal biology, polyvagal theory, and somatic psychology. Grounded within the principles of polyvagal theory, affective neuroscience, and trauma-informed care. You gain a better understanding of how our brains and bodies respond to stress and trauma, and offer a self-led healing journey toward feeling more empowered, grounded, clearheaded, and inspired.
Dr. Schwartz explain, therapeutic yoga is tremendously effective, in part because of how yoga interacts with your vagus nerve. Your yoga practice helps you to become increasingly flexible not just of the physical body but in your nervous system. This will help you become skilled at switching between sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system.
In addition, Dr. Schwartz says, you can learn how to regulate the functioning of your vague nerve with techniques such as altering the rhythm of your breath, practicing mindful body awareness, and exploring physical yoga postures to create greater choice about your level of arousal or activation. You can also gently stimulate the vague nerve with yoga postures that open across your chest, throat, and belly”.
“Trauma leaves wounds on the body, imprints in the psyche, and markers on our DNA. You feel broken. You can heal. You believe you are damaged. Believe you can be repaired. Relationships hurt you. Healthy relationships help you heal. Attending to the wounds of trauma is not easy. It is worthwhile.”
-Dr. Arielle Schwartz