PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) is a mental health condition that some individuals develop after experiencing or witnessing a life-threatening event, like war combat, a natural disaster, a car accident or physical or sexual assault. While it's normal to have upsetting memories, feel on edge, or have trouble sleeping following this this type of event, PTSD is differentiated by the continuation of these symptoms for several months or more. For some people, PTSD symptoms may start later on, or they may come and go over time (https://www.ptsd.va.gov).
Significant research has found yoga to be an effective, far less toxic treatment option for helping individuals overcome PTSD symptoms (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3219516/) and some new studies have also revealed a weekly yoga practice improves heart-rate variability, which is a key indicator of a person's ability to calm his/herself.
Yoga as a technique for PTSD does not involve conscious recall of trauma in the neuroplasticity process, instead yoga repeatedly combines a felt sense of being in the body with comfort, or being in the present (in the now) with awareness, in order to gradually decondition the trauma response (http://mhc.cpnp.org/doi/full/10.9740/mhc.n131766?mobileUi=0&code=cpnp-site).
Laprana employs trauma sensitive yoga techniques focusing on grounding, building presence, connecting with comfort, establishing awareness in the body and gaining insight into its strength- your strength. Laprana also incorporates other body based interventions such as mindful breathing and progressive body relaxation to mindfully re-establish the individual within their body and gently rebalance the nervous system.
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Note: External Ayurvedic medical advice and treatment by a certified Ayurveda practitioner is highly recommended for individuals suffering PTSD, to provide crucial dietary, lifestyle, herbal and detoxification assistance.
BPsych(Hons) & Registered Yoga Teacher
My aim is to improve the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing of the individual using a holistic, mind-body model of wellness. I take a philosophical, person-centred approach as I work together with the client to uncover the underlying issue at hand. By identifying the root cause of an issue, I believe we can more readily achieve transformative, lasting wellbeing. Based on the premise that every individual is complex and unique; treatment is tailored and personalised to suit the particular physical, mental, emotional and social needs of each individual.
After completing my Bachelor of Psychology (Hons) at Queensland University of Technology, I travelled to India where I completed my yoga teacher training course. Since then, I have lived between Brisbane, Byron Bay and Melbourne, working both nationally and internationally to integrate my passions in yoga and psychology.
By layering and melding ancient Eastern Yoga philosophy with more contemporary Western models of psychology, the profound principles buried in each of them become clearer and stronger, and an intensity of effectiveness becomes possible. Using a synergistic blend of techniques from both East and West, I believe deeply transformative, whole-self healing is possible.