Interoception: A Key to Wellbeing | Dr. Arielle Schwartz

Mindful body awareness awakens you to your inner world…this sensory interior is scientifically referred to as interoception. This key to wellbeing invites you to pay attention to your felt sense. As you get to know the territory of your inner … Continue reading

Therapeutic Yoga for Trauma Recovery Book

Applied Polyvagal Theory in Yoga Pre-Order Now Therapeutic Yoga for Trauma Recovery Trauma recovery is as much about healing the body as it is the mind. Yet, so often, the focus of healing involves retelling the story of the past … Continue reading

Applied Polyvagal Theory in Yoga

Embodiment Strategies for Trauma Recovery Healing from trauma invites you to befriend your body; and this needs to occur at a pace that honors your unique needs. Initially, this involves developing the resources to handle challenging emotions, disturbing symptoms, and … Continue reading

The Vagus Nerve in Trauma Recovery Dr. Arielle Schwartz

Many distressing symptoms of post-traumatic stress are felt in the body—a tightness in the chest, a sinking feeling in the stomach, a familiar knot in the throat, or as a chronic feeling of exhaustion. We now recognize that we must … Continue reading

Vagus Nerve Yoga-Dr. Arielle Schwartz

A Mind-Body Approach to Wellness The vagus nerve plays a central role in your emotional and physical health. The vagus nerve extends from the brainstem down into your stomach and intestines, enervating your heart and lungs, and connecting your throat … Continue reading

Grounding-Dr. Arielle Schwartz

Connecting to the Earth Within somatic (body-centered) psychology, grounding refers to our ability to experience ourselves as embodied. Grounding refers to your ability to sense your body, feel your feet on the earth, and as a result calm your nervous … Continue reading

Nonviolence and Self Protection-Dr. Arielle Schwartz

Ahimsa and the Open Heart I spend a good amount of time in what I call peaceful warrior pose. This posture reminds me of the powerful combination of staying grounded, powerful, and simultaneously open hearted. In response to the ongoing, daily barrage … Continue reading

Yoga for Chronic Pain-Dr. Arielle Schwartz

Based on the Principles of Therapeutic Yoga This post is part-two of a series on therapeutic yoga for chronic pain. Part-one provided the science behind the mind-body-pain connection and explored the role of the brain in pain, how trauma exacerbates chronic … Continue reading