How Does Yoga Help to Heal Trauma?

Yoga is widely recognized as a great form of exercise. It helps to keep the spine flexible, by loosening up tight muscles, stretching the mind and body in new ways. Yoga has been shown to decrease anxiety and depression, chronic stress, and PTSD as more evidence-based research is gathered. Yoga has been shown to help heal the traumatic experiences of our lives.  Linda Sparrowe writes about the powerful impact of a gentle yoga practice for trauma  in this article:

"Yoga's ability to touch us on every level of our being—physical mental, emotional, and spiritual—makes it a powerful and effective modality for trauma victims. Most experts agree that trauma's effects live in the body—and that's why yoga works."