Author: YOGA FUSION

Trauma Stories & Body Memory

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Cutting Edge Research

Analysts speak of the ‘trauma story’, a communal construct of what happened and what may lie ahead. This story is tied to experience, but elaborated to confer meaning, explanation, and exculpation for the side that tells and conveys it. Often stories are mirrors of images of each other one told by perceived victim (but perhaps the perpetrator to the other); the other told from the other point of view.  The traumatic event may lurk in […]

Yoga in the West Bank

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Yoga Stories

Originally posted on <a href="http://andrealeber.com/2013/09/22/yoga-in-the-west-bank">Yoga & Joyful Living</a>: <br />What would you do, living in an unstable country, your daily routine marked by either lack of food and resources, lack of security, an ongoing conflict about control of land – or even all of the above? These Palestinian women have turned their gaze inwards, towards the only stability they know they can rely on. They do yoga to connect to what lies deep within, to cope with…

How Yoga Fusion understands Trauma & Healing

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Framing Concepts

Yoga Fusion aims at exploring healing methodologies to address individual and social trauma in post-conflict contexts. It is therefore fundamental to contextualize trauma and healing processes. Trauma Trauma is a very complex concept that evolved significantly over time, and it is evolving still together with new forms of violence and warfare. Yoga Fusion considers mainly man-made traumas. Hence, the contextualization of trauma for Yoga Fusion starts from Bettelheim’s definition of ‘extreme traumatization’ in 1943 that for the […]

What is Yoga Fusion bringing to post-conflict reconciliation?

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The social and individual reaction to trauma in post-conflict contexts is often tackled in an inadequate way. Development assistance, justice processes and reintegration practices cover each one an aspect of post-conflict reconciliation, and each one of them acts on a specific definition of ‘trauma’. As summarized by Becker (2001), there are several definitions of trauma, and hence several definitions of healing. However, none of them includes both the individual and ‘the other’. The perpetrator and […]

Yoga and War Trauma? Find out more

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Framing Concepts

“Yoga has been assessed in several PTSD groups, including Vietnam-war veterans, tsunami survivors and case reports from 9/11 survivors.” “Yoga is a nonpharmalogical remedy which has been used to help in managing trauma related to (i) natural disasters, (ii) combat and terrorism, (iii) interpersonal violence, and (iv) being incarcerated in a correctional facility.” Find out more