My passion for treating victims of trauma began with my own experience.
In our community, we use the word empath as a marker of kindness, intuitiveness, sensitivity -it implies being spiritually attuned.

I didn’t know until recently that origins of empathic tendencies are rooted in childhood abuse and neglect.

I had little knowledge of the link between empaths or co-dependents and Cluster B Personality Disorders.

While I knew a lot about PTSD, I didn’t know about a much more difficult to treat form of PTSD called, CPTSD (Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).

CPTSD, is defined as repeated trauma experienced in a situation in which the individual cannot escape and is dependent on the abuser and often includes -a double bind or catch 22 scenario.


I didn’t know that empaths, are often the escapees of abusive families, and without treatment and knowledge -are the most vulnerable for re-enacting familiar abuse cycles with teachers, students, friends, and romantic partners who have Cluster B Personality Disorders.


But now that I know – I see the dynamic playing out everywhere.


The good news is Yoga and meditation have been proven to help people recover from PTSD and CPTSD.

It happens by a process of reclaimation. Feeling the feels, and telling the truth about the abuse. Then aligning the world view closer to reality and facing the truth by telling the story and re-experiencing it as it actually was. This requires abandoning coping mechanisms that once served the individual; such as, magical thinking and neurotic naivety. Then the individual can learn to keep themselves safe.

In order to begin to do this the brain needs to heal. Simple cues like; grounding into the feet, and using deep diaphragmatic breathing stimulates the somatic sensory cortex and helps to enlarge the hippocampus. While meditation improves the neurological pathways between the limbic and the prefrontal cortex, which increases memory and helps to restore vital function and reduces the intensity of emotional flashbacks.

In my up coming 300 hr Yoga training, we will discuss in great detail how to use Yoga as a tool for recovery. How to use trauma sensitive language and concepts, to help our students heal and to help ourselves become more real and identify unhealthy systems.

We will explore why and how we get stuck and how to inspire others.
We will learn about self-love and self-care which is often linked to diet or beauty regimens, these surface concerns barely scratch the surface of what keeps us repeating patterns that are less than ideal.

Self-care isn’t a discipline but rather an outpouring of intrinsic, unwavering self-worth.

First the work and then the payouts naturally unfold.


Namaste,

We have moved into Vata season, governed by the elements, air + ether. It is at juncture in seasons and in life, that are we are most vulnerable to creating imbalance in our bodies.

Like the planet, our bodies hang in delicate homeostasis, there are many external factors that can disrupt this balance. These external factors are termed parinama samyoga- temporal factors which include: passage of time, seasonal changes, life and cycle changes. It is during this time that it is most important for us to follow a diet that decreases the accumulation of dosha before it enters deeper layers of tissue, this diet is alleviating or in sanskrit, prasama.
In Fall this diet is primarily based in local seasonal, organic vegetables like squashes and green leafy vegetables that are rich, unctuous, and deeply grounding, such as root vegetable. Ayurveda is the oldest continuously practiced medicine that remains relevant and current as it is faithful to the rhythms of the planet and the smaller rhythms of the individual seeking to bring the individual into harmony with the larger rhythms of the surrounding world. The primary aim is to avoid disease states, in Ayurveda the term disease state has a much broader definition than in western medicine. A disease state, according to Ayurveda is a state of imbalance that began as the accumulation of too much of one or two elements in the body. The way to overcome accumulation in the body id through the, Three Pillars of Health.

The Three Pillars of Health:
Ahara-diet
Vihara-lifestyle
Ausada- herbs


Sancaya-? Prakopa-? Prasama-?


SEASONAL CHANGES:
Dosa Spring Summer Fall/Winter
Vata ? ? ?
Pitta ? ? ?
Kapha ? ? ?

In Ayurveda states of disease all classified in stages, alleviation becomes more difficult as we progress through the stages of disease.

Six Stages of Disease:
Sancaya: accumulation
Prakopa: aggravation
Prasara: dissemination
Sthanasamsraya: localization
Vyakti: manifestation
Bheda: differentiation
Stages of disease manifest in the order listed above. The aggravated doshas move through the bodies channels, from the center to the periphery. The two mobile dhatus are rasa (plasma) and rakta (blood).

Vrddhi-increased state, Ksaya-decreased state. In the prasara stage we can see the dosha vrddhi signs, we can see some systemic manifestations of the dosa, ex. extreme dryness of the skin, blackish coloring. If we do not get balanced in the prasara stage we move into sthanasamsrayastage, the angry dosha moves along in rasa and rakta settle into a vulnerable place in the body called, khaivagunya= kha-space, vaigunya-impairment/defect. A Khavaigunya can be a genetic predisposition, a previous injury or an area of continued abuse of neglect in the body.

In vata signs of an increase appear as emaciation.
ABNORMAL STATES OF THE DOSAS, DHATUS & MALAS:

Vriddhi Lakshanas: vata- emaciation, catabolic process on the body, it doesn’t build it depletes.
Temples hollow
Veins
blackish/grayish/ashen discoloration in the skin- circles under the eyes
Joints prominent
Dehydrated
Abnormality, tics, tremors, roll shoulders, turn head, antsy, quivering lips, spasms/fine tremors in the muscles, heart palpitations etc. end of the range, epilepsy, Parkinson’s
Constipation- painful, dry, hard, infrequent, ease of transit and/or frequency changes. Bowels should move every day, it’s not ‘optimal’ to move bowels less, output and input should be balanced, toxins getting reabsorbed, water is getting reabsorbed. Three different herbal remedies to get them to do this is probably not best, bloating discomfort, passing gas are signs they need help.
Loss of sense, poor taste perception, loss of feeling, tinnitus,insomnia -vata governs the 5 senses, if it’s eyes but the eyes are red then it could be pitta and vata, two dosas involved.
Meals and sleep, three hours before bed
Excess talking is a vrddhi lakshana of vata, content irrelevant.
Higher mental function- confusion, not really understanding things, cognitive impairment, not fully understanding things
Joint and muscle pain- warm sesame, mahanarayan oil, castor oil
Emotions- anxiety, fear, restlessness (physically and mentally) impending doom, self conscious, people are judging them,
Ksaya Lakshana: of vata- when vata is ksaya
Aversion to talking
Loss of appetite
Hyper salivation
Tired
Depression

Vrddhi Pitta:
yellowish/reddish discoloration of the skin/stools/urine/eyes- ranges from a little to a lot (yellowish eyes ? jaundice)
Hot red angry,’itis’, superficial inflammation of the skin, pittas are more reactive by nature
People with allergies tend to shy away from herbal and topical interventions because they tend to react to things.
Increase body temperature and burning, feel they are burning up, they feel parched and thirsty, always thirsty
Disturbed sleep, predominately vata or pitta?
Fainting, vertigo, dizziness
Weakness of the sense organs particularly the eyes
Bitter taste and sour belches
Emotional state, angry, irritable, road rage, criticism (explosive), fighting with people



Ksaya Pitta:
Dull complexion
Slow bowels
Decreased body temperature

Pitta provides the home for fire and water etc. therefore if pitta is high in pitta the aggravation will be higher. Pitta is hot, sharp, oily, light, liquid. When pitta agni is too hot the food will be burned and not absorbed. Digestion is too sharp the absorption is poor.

Vata will tend towards irregular agni vishama, vata is cold, rough, dry, hard, light, mobile. If vata eats too much cold food or someone with a vata imbalance eats too much cold food the agni will become cold…sometimes they can digest the food and sometimes they cannot.


© 2018 Colleen Lila Yoga