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Yoga, Movement, Mind-body Therapies

Trauma Healing in the Yoga Zone

A guide for mental health professionals, yoga therapists and teachers

£27.50 GBP / $37.50 USD Free delivery in the UK and USA. Canadian customers please order from from Login Canada or Amazon.ca.

Joann Lutz MSW LICSW E-RYT developed the model of ‘Nervous-System Informed, Trauma-Sensitive Yoga’ (NITYA), which she describes in detail in this book. Joann has been training mental health professionals internationally for 10 years, as well as offering a certification program in this approach. Now her new book brings her teaching to a wider audience. It describes and explores the model, which is a synthesis of polyvagal theory, classic yoga, somatic psychotherapy, and neuroscience research, organized around the eight stages of classic yoga practice.

Three primary needs which this book seeks to meet are as follows:

  • Mainstream psychotherapy has, until recently, ignored the body – a major element in the healing of trauma and other emotional and mental dysregulations
  • It has also omitted the wisdom to be found in the world’s great spiritual traditions, perpetuating an artificial separation between religion/spirituality and science
  • The field is also currently being enriched by empirical data from the field of neuropsychology that describes brain function. The profession is ready to transform and embrace a holistic model and yoga can play a significant role in that transformation.

Trauma Healing in the Yoga Zone can guide the helping professions at this turning point, in appreciating the role that yoga can play in their evolution, and in incorporating its techniques. Its approach is integrative, in that yoga therapists and teachers can also benefit by gaining a deeper understanding of the nervous system states that underlie the practices.

Primarily intended for mental health professionals and yoga therapists and teachers, Trauma Healing in the Yoga Zone should also be of interest to professionals in allied professions, as well as to individuals interested in yoga and healing.

See inside Trauma Healing in the Yoga Zone

 

Find out more about Joann Lutz at her website – Yoga in Psychotherapy.

Preface / Forewords / Acknowledgments

Introduction

Setting the stage for the study of nervous system-informed trauma-sensitive yoga (NITYA)

Raja Yoga and yogic subtle anatomy as a foundation for NITYA therapeutic yoga

The NITYA approach to bringing chair hatha yoga postures into the session or class

Regulating the autonomic nervous system with the breath

Yoga, trauma, and neuroscience

Bringing NITYA into the therapy session

Nervous system-informed, trauma-sensitive yoga nidra

Embodied meditation for trauma survivors

Afterword: Seeing the light

Appendix 1 The NITYA healing model

Appendix 2 Assessment tool

Appendix 3 NITYA chair yoga script – chair yoga warm-up and postures

Appendix 4 NITYA three-part deep breath script

Appendix 5 Four-part NITYA yoga nidra script

List of abbreviations / Bibliography / Index

‘In Trauma Healing in the Yoga Zone Joann Lutz transforms yoga practices into a neurobiological based therapeutic strategy that facilitates and optimizes health through enhanced autonomic regulation. This model, which she names Nervous System-Informed, Trauma-Sensitive Yoga (NITYA), is the product of an insightful consilience of ancient traditions with contemporary neuroscience. Embracing the model will lead to deeper understanding of the wisdom embedded in yoga and the powerful neurophysiological impact it may have on rehabilitating mental and physical health.’
Stephen W. Porges PhD: Distinguished University Scientist, Kinsey Institute, Indiana University, Bloomington; Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Trauma Healing in the Yoga Zone offers an extensive wealth of comprehensive, evidence based knowledge and practical applications. It is a valuable asses for yoga therapists to be more informed, and for mental health professionals to enhance their work with effective yogic practices. As a certified yoga therapist working with clients who suffer, it is evident how trauma affects the body and mind as one, and I am grateful for this book as a resource. As a yoga educator I find this book of great value for training programs, as well as practice in both professions and I intend to include it in my list of required reading in my 800 hr Yoga Therapy Program.

Helene Couvrette C-IAYT E-RYT500: President MISTY – Montreal International Symposium on Therapeutic Yoga; Founder H~OM Yoga; Program Director/Lead Educator of H~OM YTES (800hr IAYT accredited Yoga Therapy Training program)

‘In Trauma Healing in the Yoga Zone, Joann Lutz combines ancient wisdom from yoga with a scientifically informed therapeutic approach for safe and effective trauma resolution. Compulsory reading for anyone interested in healing trauma through neuroscience blended with compassion!’
Shirley Telles MBBS PhD: Director, Patanjali Research Foundation

‘With over 5% of the population experiencing trauma that leads to clinically significant post-traumatic stress disorder, its prevalence is becoming more recognized in society. Neuroscientific research is revealing that this condition is a mind-body disorder, and yet conventional treatments such as psychotherapy focus on cognitive processes and have been only partially effective. This book comprehensively describes the theory and application of yoga as a mind-body intervention for trauma. It is a welcome contribution to the growing field of trauma-sensitive yoga that will be of significant use to both patients and therapists.’
Sat Bir Singh Khalsa PhD: Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Editor in Chief, International Journal of Yoga Therapy; Editor, The Principles and Practice of Yoga in Health Care

‘An innovative approach to healing trauma.’
Dean Ornish MD, Author of “UnDo It!”; Founder and President, Preventive Medicine Research Institute; Clinical Professor of Medicine, UCSF

‘Joann Lutz offers an in-depth exploration of accessible methods to address the complexity of trauma through comprehensive understandings of the nervous system and yoga philosophy and practices. Her writing supports the reader in reflecting upon the many nuances of applying these theories and practices for trauma sensitivity. This book is a valuable resource to anyone wanting to learn more about how yoga can safely and effectively benefit people who have experienced trauma.’
Marlysa Sullivan, DPT, C-IAYT: Author of Understanding Yoga Therapy: Applied Philosophy and Science for Wellbeing

‘Joann has wondrously woven together multiple disparate models of how yoga affects the post-traumatic nervous system, to enhance our understanding and utilization of these practices. This work will be a cherished contribution to the growing body of work on these ever evolving theories.’
Jonathan Rosenthal MD: Resident Physician, Neurology, NYU School of Medicine; www.neuroyoganyc.com; www.jonathanrosenthalmd.com

‘These days, when I teach, I hear a common question from yoga therapy students: What’s the evidence for this? Trauma Healing in the Yoga Zone is the perfect place to send them for answers, and to look them up myself! Joann Lutz does a remarkable job of linking specific practices to their effects on the autonomic nervous system. Each recommended practice is backed up by scientific evidence or, if the data is not yet available, current scientific theory. The research behind why and how yoga can help trauma survivors heal is invaluable for yoga therapists and mental health practitioners. I will be referencing this rich compendium of research and practice for years to come!’
Amy Weintraub MFA C-IAYT YACEP, Author of Yoga Skills for Therapists, Yoga for Depression, and the card deck, Yoga for Your Mood

Trauma Healing in the Yoga Zone is the book that all yoga teachers and yoga therapists will benefit from reading. It is the perfect bridge between the teachings of yoga, modern allopathic medicine, and the psychology of healing trauma. The book explains in detail how the nervous system functions when it is healthy vs dysregulated’, and how to bring it back to balance using the tools of yoga. I will be recommending it to all of my students and colleagues!
Amy Wheeler PhD (Southern California), Former President of the International Association of Yoga Therapists (2018–2020); www.amywheeler.com

‘As a certified yoga therapist working with clients who suffer, it is evident how trauma affects the body and mind as one. Trauma Healing in the Yoga Zone offers an extensive wealth of comprehensive, evidence-based knowledge to yoga therapists, to enrich their work, and to mental health professionals, to enhance their work with accessible yogic practices. This book is of great value for training as well as practice in both professions.’
Helene Couvrette C-IAYT E-RYT500, President MISTY – Montreal International Symposium on Therapeutic Yoga; Founder H~OM Yoga; www.homyogacenter.com

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Joann Lutz MSW LICSW E-RYT developed the model of ‘Nervous-System Informed, Trauma-Sensitive Yoga’ (NITYA), which she describes in detail in this book. Joann has been training mental health professionals internationally for 10 years, as well as offering a certification program in this approach. Now her new book brings her teaching to a wider audience. It describes and explores the model, which is a synthesis of polyvagal theory, classic yoga, somatic psychotherapy, and neuroscience research, organized around the eight stages of classic yoga practice.

Three primary needs which this book seeks to meet are as follows:

  • Mainstream psychotherapy has, until recently, ignored the body – a major element in the healing of trauma and other emotional and mental dysregulations
  • It has also omitted the wisdom to be found in the world’s great spiritual traditions, perpetuating an artificial separation between religion/spirituality and science
  • The field is also currently being enriched by empirical data from the field of neuropsychology that describes brain function. The profession is ready to transform and embrace a holistic model and yoga can play a significant role in that transformation.

Trauma Healing in the Yoga Zone can guide the helping professions at this turning point, in appreciating the role that yoga can play in their evolution, and in incorporating its techniques. Its approach is integrative, in that yoga therapists and teachers can also benefit by gaining a deeper understanding of the nervous system states that underlie the practices.

Primarily intended for mental health professionals and yoga therapists and teachers, Trauma Healing in the Yoga Zone should also be of interest to professionals in allied professions, as well as to individuals interested in yoga and healing.

See inside Trauma Healing in the Yoga Zone

 

Find out more about Joann Lutz at her website – Yoga in Psychotherapy.

Preface / Forewords / Acknowledgments

Introduction

Setting the stage for the study of nervous system-informed trauma-sensitive yoga (NITYA)

Raja Yoga and yogic subtle anatomy as a foundation for NITYA therapeutic yoga

The NITYA approach to bringing chair hatha yoga postures into the session or class

Regulating the autonomic nervous system with the breath

Yoga, trauma, and neuroscience

Bringing NITYA into the therapy session

Nervous system-informed, trauma-sensitive yoga nidra

Embodied meditation for trauma survivors

Afterword: Seeing the light

Appendix 1 The NITYA healing model

Appendix 2 Assessment tool

Appendix 3 NITYA chair yoga script – chair yoga warm-up and postures

Appendix 4 NITYA three-part deep breath script

Appendix 5 Four-part NITYA yoga nidra script

List of abbreviations / Bibliography / Index

‘In Trauma Healing in the Yoga Zone Joann Lutz transforms yoga practices into a neurobiological based therapeutic strategy that facilitates and optimizes health through enhanced autonomic regulation. This model, which she names Nervous System-Informed, Trauma-Sensitive Yoga (NITYA), is the product of an insightful consilience of ancient traditions with contemporary neuroscience. Embracing the model will lead to deeper understanding of the wisdom embedded in yoga and the powerful neurophysiological impact it may have on rehabilitating mental and physical health.’
Stephen W. Porges PhD: Distinguished University Scientist, Kinsey Institute, Indiana University, Bloomington; Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Trauma Healing in the Yoga Zone offers an extensive wealth of comprehensive, evidence based knowledge and practical applications. It is a valuable asses for yoga therapists to be more informed, and for mental health professionals to enhance their work with effective yogic practices. As a certified yoga therapist working with clients who suffer, it is evident how trauma affects the body and mind as one, and I am grateful for this book as a resource. As a yoga educator I find this book of great value for training programs, as well as practice in both professions and I intend to include it in my list of required reading in my 800 hr Yoga Therapy Program.

Helene Couvrette C-IAYT E-RYT500: President MISTY – Montreal International Symposium on Therapeutic Yoga; Founder H~OM Yoga; Program Director/Lead Educator of H~OM YTES (800hr IAYT accredited Yoga Therapy Training program)

‘In Trauma Healing in the Yoga Zone, Joann Lutz combines ancient wisdom from yoga with a scientifically informed therapeutic approach for safe and effective trauma resolution. Compulsory reading for anyone interested in healing trauma through neuroscience blended with compassion!’
Shirley Telles MBBS PhD: Director, Patanjali Research Foundation

‘With over 5% of the population experiencing trauma that leads to clinically significant post-traumatic stress disorder, its prevalence is becoming more recognized in society. Neuroscientific research is revealing that this condition is a mind-body disorder, and yet conventional treatments such as psychotherapy focus on cognitive processes and have been only partially effective. This book comprehensively describes the theory and application of yoga as a mind-body intervention for trauma. It is a welcome contribution to the growing field of trauma-sensitive yoga that will be of significant use to both patients and therapists.’
Sat Bir Singh Khalsa PhD: Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Editor in Chief, International Journal of Yoga Therapy; Editor, The Principles and Practice of Yoga in Health Care

‘An innovative approach to healing trauma.’
Dean Ornish MD, Author of “UnDo It!”; Founder and President, Preventive Medicine Research Institute; Clinical Professor of Medicine, UCSF

‘Joann Lutz offers an in-depth exploration of accessible methods to address the complexity of trauma through comprehensive understandings of the nervous system and yoga philosophy and practices. Her writing supports the reader in reflecting upon the many nuances of applying these theories and practices for trauma sensitivity. This book is a valuable resource to anyone wanting to learn more about how yoga can safely and effectively benefit people who have experienced trauma.’
Marlysa Sullivan, DPT, C-IAYT: Author of Understanding Yoga Therapy: Applied Philosophy and Science for Wellbeing

‘Joann has wondrously woven together multiple disparate models of how yoga affects the post-traumatic nervous system, to enhance our understanding and utilization of these practices. This work will be a cherished contribution to the growing body of work on these ever evolving theories.’
Jonathan Rosenthal MD: Resident Physician, Neurology, NYU School of Medicine; www.neuroyoganyc.com; www.jonathanrosenthalmd.com

‘These days, when I teach, I hear a common question from yoga therapy students: What’s the evidence for this? Trauma Healing in the Yoga Zone is the perfect place to send them for answers, and to look them up myself! Joann Lutz does a remarkable job of linking specific practices to their effects on the autonomic nervous system. Each recommended practice is backed up by scientific evidence or, if the data is not yet available, current scientific theory. The research behind why and how yoga can help trauma survivors heal is invaluable for yoga therapists and mental health practitioners. I will be referencing this rich compendium of research and practice for years to come!’
Amy Weintraub MFA C-IAYT YACEP, Author of Yoga Skills for Therapists, Yoga for Depression, and the card deck, Yoga for Your Mood

Trauma Healing in the Yoga Zone is the book that all yoga teachers and yoga therapists will benefit from reading. It is the perfect bridge between the teachings of yoga, modern allopathic medicine, and the psychology of healing trauma. The book explains in detail how the nervous system functions when it is healthy vs dysregulated’, and how to bring it back to balance using the tools of yoga. I will be recommending it to all of my students and colleagues!
Amy Wheeler PhD (Southern California), Former President of the International Association of Yoga Therapists (2018–2020); www.amywheeler.com

‘As a certified yoga therapist working with clients who suffer, it is evident how trauma affects the body and mind as one. Trauma Healing in the Yoga Zone offers an extensive wealth of comprehensive, evidence-based knowledge to yoga therapists, to enrich their work, and to mental health professionals, to enhance their work with accessible yogic practices. This book is of great value for training as well as practice in both professions.’
Helene Couvrette C-IAYT E-RYT500, President MISTY – Montreal International Symposium on Therapeutic Yoga; Founder H~OM Yoga; www.homyogacenter.com

Paperback, eBook
978-1-912085-07-1
1
168
40 black and white images
246x189
Published
30 June 2021
Handspring Publishing

£27.50 GBP / $37.50 USD

Yoga, Movement, Mind-body Therapies

Joann LUTZ

Joann Lutz, MSW, LICSW, E-RYT, developed the model of “Nervous-System Informed, Trauma-Sensitive Yoga,” and has been training mental health professionals internationally for six years, as well as offering a certification program in this approach.

Read More ›