Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) plagues both men and women who have experienced some kind of mental, emotional, and or sexually traumatic event.
In many cases, the trauma occurred for a prolonged period of time, as in the case of war or growing up in an abusive household. The unfortunate part of this scenario is that the individual that is suffering has learned to adapt to the environment by disassociating from these events as they occurred as a way to protect themselves. In situations where people are exposed to constant threatening circumstances, there is never time or space to allow for healing to occur.
Yoga will help those that suffer as it will help with sleeping, uplifting one’s mood in the face of depression, significantly decrease the frequency of negative or dangerous responses to triggers, flashbacks/nightmares, and panic attacks.
A few poses to get you started:
Mountain pose: helps eliminate fatigue and stress levels.
Cat pose: helps with regulating the blood circulation which is a key player when it comes to relaxing the mind.
Bridge pose: helps calm the brain bu reducing the levels of stress, depression, and anxiety.