Yoga consists of breath (pranayama), postures (asanas) and meditation.
Yoga has been a big part of my continued healing journey. My determination to reconnect my mind and body.
In chapter seven of my book, The Dissociate: A Memoir of Secrets and Survival of Childhood Sexual Abuse I talk about how self-care has helped bring me back into my body.
Yoga Class today was a reminder of my continued work in healing my mind, body and spirit.
I was asked to reach behind and grab my right foot with my right hand. Sounds simple right? I was unable to do this posture. Not because of flexibility but because I didn’t know where my foot was. I began to feel panic. Stress began to surge through my body. I looked behind to ensure I still had a right foot. I know that sounds odd but I had to reassure my mind I was still whole. I then began judging myself. Why is this happening again? Why am I disconnecting my mind and body?
It only lasted a few minutes thanks to some deep cleansing breaths. I began to quiet my mind and quickly I realized that I’m very much a work in progress and that’s okay.
Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that is the result of great suffering. PTSD can disrupt your whole life ― your job, your relationships, your health and your everyday enjoyment.
But there’s hope.
Do the hard work and don’t give up.
You are not alone.