Trauma held within the body
I have been a big Yoga fan for nearly 15 years. I still find some of the poses impossible, but it has taught me so much about my own inner world. Some poses are really uncomfortable and make me feel things I really don't want to feel, but going through this in a safe and gentle way really brings about change from within. As a Play Therapist we have to go through some of the most rigorous training and during that time I used my daily yoga practice to really explore what was happening from within. Everything that happens to us is held within our bodies, we feel things, we absorb our environments, we hold on to all the hurt and trauma that we experience. Yoga offers a release from this toxic build up.
Have you ever noticed that when you are stressed there is a physiological repose. This is a good idea when faced with danger so we have motivation to run or fight or freeze, but so often our thoughts are the source of that perceived stress and our brain does not know the difference between imagination and reality. The body cries out that it is suffering and we so often override this in order to get on with our day, we avoid, suppress, ignore and fight our way through it. Imagine sitting with those deeply painful experiences in a way that could help overcome rather than burying them deeper into our physiology.
If you are interested in learning more there are some really great books on this subject. One of my favourites is 'The body keeps the score' by Bessel Van der Kolk. He really is an expert in this field and i would highly recommend reading his work.
Check out this short clip on the benefit of yoga in releasing trauma.