How Yoga WORKS in Trauma Recovery; The Scientific Foundations!
How Yoga WORKS in Trauma Recovery; The Scientific Foundations!
How Yoga WORKS in Trauma Recovery; The Scientific Foundations!

Join us for a pre recorded webinar!

In this talk, Dr. Julie Staples (Guru Parkash Kaur) will present the scientific research showing how yoga works to heal trauma symptoms. Trauma affects the entire body taking a toll on the immune system, the endocrine system, and the nervous system. Yoga and meditation have effects on the body and brain that can counteract these changes.

Dr. Staples will discuss the latest research studies using yoga (including Kundalini yoga) and meditation for posttraumatic stress. She will describe the parts of the brain affected by trauma and present neuroimaging studies demonstrating how meditation can bring the brain back to a normal state. She will explain the concept of allostatic load and the stress response and how yoga can reduce allostatic load. Posttraumatic stress can also accelerate cellular aging and research will be presented on how yoga may help slow this process. Inflammation, the underlying cause of many disease states, is increased as a result of posttraumatic stress. Research will be shown demonstrating how yoga can reduce this inflammation. She will also present research on Shabad Kriya for sleep given that a primary trauma symptom is difficulty sleeping.

Julie K. Staples, Ph.D. (Guru Parkash Kaur) is the Research Director at the Center for Mind-Body Medicine and a certified Kundalini Yoga teacher. She has conducted research in mind-body medicine for traumatized populations worldwide for over 20 years. She has led studies in Kosovo, Gaza, Israel, Haiti, Yemen and Jordon with traumatized civilian adults, teenagers, and children. She has also conducted research with the military population at the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Healthcare System. 

Dr. Staples is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Georgetown University. She is also a faculty member of the International Kundalini Yoga Therapy Professional Training program. She teaches online courses for yoga teachers, yoga therapists, and health professionals around the world on the science of yoga. 

She is the author of the yoga chapter in the medical school textbook Fundamentals of Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Her self-help book Reclaiming Life after Trauma teaches Kundalini yoga and cognitive behavioral therapy tools to heal trauma symptoms. She currently runs Integrative Trauma Recovery Program workshops and intensive retreats.