A recent blog post  http://naturalrestforaddiction.com/trauma-continuum/

When you are in the grip of PTSD, it can be tough to believe you will ever see a day that is without fear, where your mind responds normally to outside stimuli and where you experience the joy of being in your body. You don’t have to suffer forever because of something that happened to cause your system to overload.  Be kind and compassionate towards yourself and be patient with your process of recovery.

I experienced PTSD after being physically assaulted in 2005. I was so very grateful that I had a dozen years of practicing and teaching meditation and yoga under my belt. I knew the best way to breathe to calm myself. I had practices to access the strength I needed to testify in court. I knew a lot about the mind already and was able to research and understand how the primitive brain hijacks the conscious mind and why it doesn’t help to ‘get back on the horse’. Most of all, I knew how to find my way home to the safety of the vast, peaceful stillness of the mind.

Over time, I discovered what worked best and applied what I learned. At first when I sat for meditation my mind was too traumatized and I would be flooded with flashbacks. Then I discovered I could still practice short, guided relaxations. The whiplash in my neck benefitted from slow, mindful yoga stretches and from massage therapy. Sleep plays a key role in healing from head injuries and from PTSD. I respected the limitations that fear imposed and tried to avoid re-traumatizing my system. I researched how the brain works and in particular the process that had hijacked my conscious mind a good part of the time. When the issue is in a deeper part of the brain than the conscious mind, therapies that work with the conscious mind can be complemented with practices that work directly with the deeper layers of the mind. This is where meditation and yoga nidra shine. When we create the right conditions, the body and mind will heal itself.

This comprehensive, holistic program is now available. In it, I will guide you through a series of simple practices to overcome fear, restore your systems to health and help you to enjoy your life once again. Please email for details.

Contact: Lynn Fraser   stillpointyoga.ca@gmail.com