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Moving ConsciouslySomatic Transformations through Dance, Yoga, and Touch$
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Sondra Fraleigh

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780252039409

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252039409.001.0001

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Trauma in the Theater of the Body

Trauma in the Theater of the Body

(p.109) Chapter 6 Trauma in the Theater of the Body
Moving Consciously

Richard Biehl

University of Illinois Press

In this chapter, the author talks about his teaching of somatic yoga for relief of trauma, supporting this with current research on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and including parts of his own story with PTSD. He has been practicing yoga since 1992 and expands his bodily pursuits through an active intellectual life. Here he offers an in-depth discussion based on research and his personal experience of the role of body consciousness in trauma and traumatic illnesses. He explores various ways to develop conscious embodiment in focused, restorative, and ultimately safe ways through engagement of the wisdom of the natural body and thereby to recover and potentially heal from traumatic stress and illness. In conclusion, he emphasizes that simple somatic methods anchored on breath and movement with mindfulness make it possible to heal traumatic illness and can provide immediate relief to experiences of both acute and chronic distress.

Keywords:   somatic yoga, trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder, body consciousness, traumatic illnesses, conscious embodiment, natural body, traumatic stress, breath, mindfulness

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