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Yoga for Peace

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Cutting Edge Research / Yoga Stories / Yoga Stories in post-conflict contexts

My first yoga class was in December 2009 and since the first yoga class I have done yoga ever since then. After […] I felt like a very big burden has been removed from my body and, you know, kept down after doing the first yoga class. […] It’s the feeling that I felt. And it’s like I became someone else. I was away of my mind, I got away of my body, I got […]

Does Health need Justice or does Justice need Health?

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Trauma Healing opens new perspectives on Embodied Knowledge, Human Security & Resilience Suggesting a new perspective on embodied knowledge Which window is our body looking at things through? When we think about having a ‘perspective’ we imagine ourselves standing at a window, a window that frames what we can see: that limits and chooses what we can see. The translation of this ‘perspective’ process in social terms is that people tend to equate perspectives to […]

Trauma Stories & Body Memory

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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 […]

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 […]