Survivors on the Yoga Mat: Stories for Those Healing from Trauma

Survivors on the Yoga Mat: Stories for Those Healing from Trauma


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Survivors on the Yoga Mat: Stories for Those Healing from Trauma by Becky Thompson PhD

An inspiring collection of essays that reveal the healing power of yoga, Survivors on the Yoga Mat is an ideal companion for trauma survivors and yoga teachers alike. Weaving together stories from her classes, travels, and workshops, author Becky Thompson shows the brave and unique ways that survivors approach yoga: the creative ways that they practice, the challenges they face, and the transformative experiences they discover. Thompson skillfully draws connections between yoga and social-justice activism, demonstrating how a trauma-sensitive approach to yoga makes room for all of us—across race, class, gender, religion and nationality.

Survivors on the Yoga Mat offers stories, reflections, and meditations for people who are healing from a wide range of traumas—sexual abuse, accidents, child abuse, war, illnesses, incarceration, and other injuries. The book consists of 90 true stories—alternately funny, surprising, and irreverent—that together provide a roadmap for survivors on their journey to wholeness. Organized into six sections, the book explores the challenges of beginning a yoga practice; the unique strengths of trauma survivors; the circuitous path of healing; yoga's value as a lifelong practice; the special role of teachers; and the potential of yoga as an avenue for activism. Also included is a description of Pantajali's Eight Limbs of Yoga, a list of resources, an appendix explaining the different styles of yoga, and a beautiful photo glossary with over 100 photos of the yoga postures mentioned in the book.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781583948262
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Publication date: 09/09/2014
Pages: 328
Sales rank: 1,229,852
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

BECKY THOMPSON, PhD, RYT-500, is a poet, scholar, activist, yoga teacher, and trauma survivor whose work focuses on trauma and healing. Professor and Chair of the Sociology Department at Simmons College, she has authored several books on social justice including A Hunger So Wide and So Deep: A Multiracial View of Women's Eating Problems and A Promise and a Way of Life.

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Survivors on the Yoga Mat: Stories for Those Healing from Trauma 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have struggled for years to try to find yoga, my partner is dedicated to it but I have always found yoga to be difficult, emotional, and deeply connected to previous life experiences. This book validates these experiences and offers me hope and solidarity that I will be able to use yoga to deal with that trauma and that it will not further impede my yogic practices.  Thank you for this work, it was a joy to read and to keep nearby as I continue to "wiggle through savasana" as a resilient and strong person.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Inspiring, moving, well-written, colorful, eclectic. Essential reading for anyone who cares about yoga as more than simply exercise.
DivaDiane2 More than 1 year ago
"Survivors on the Yoga Mat" is a phenomenal book. Anyone interested in story telling, embodiment, and the work of healing from trauma would certainly benefit from reading this.