A Yoga Practice for Healing Emotional Trauma

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This yoga and meditation practice is designed to help in the alleviation of mental and physical discomfort in the aftermath of emotional trauma. This one-h...
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Mary NurrieStearns
1 Hour 6 Minutes
Audio and Video
Oct 24, 2012


This yoga and meditation practice is designed to help in the alleviation of mental and physical discomfort in the aftermath of emotional trauma. This one-hour practice can easily be divided into two shorter practices - the first being more physical poses, adapted to a clinical setting, and the second section is a more meditative practice.  This short program begins with an introduction that provides the clinical perspectives and benefits derived from yoga and meditation practices. The class section that follows includes poses, affirmations and breathing practices which many clients find ease their distressed emotional state that result from traumatic events.


Section 1: "I Am Safe"

  • Strengthen the body; when our bodies are strong, we feel safe

Section 2: "I Am Alive"

  • Experience a sense of vitality and aliveness in the body

Section 3: "I Choose"

  • Cultivate willpower, determination and resolve

Section 4: "I Feel"

  • Open your heart, feel richly, receive and express love

Section 5: "I Express"

  • Express your heart

Section 6: "I Know"

  • Access inner guidance and inner knowing

Section 7: "I Am"

  • Feel connection with the sacred


A Yoga Practice for Healing Emotional Trauma

Mary NurrieStearns, MSW, LCSW, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500 Related seminars and products: 9

Mary NurrieStearns, MSW, LCSW, C-IAYT, teaches seminars and retreats to teach clinicians how to take mindfulness skills, brain based protocols for treating shame and office-based yoga  back to their clients. These evidence based clinical interventions  move therapy forward by  improving emotional regulation, restoring healthy  nervous system functioning and cultivating healthier thought patterns. Both mindfulness and yoga practices have brought healing and calm to Mary’s clients and students.

Mary provides participants with the latest research results and pulls together the work of experts in the mental health field who are proponents of both practices (i.e. Bessel van der Kolk, Jon Kabat-Zinn). She draws on 37 years as a mental health professional counselor and 27 years of meditation and yoga practice. She is a certified yoga therapist, seasoned yoga teacher and ordained member of Thich Naht Hahn’s Order of Interbeing.

Mary is the author of Healing Anxiety, Depression and Unworthiness: 78 Brain-Changing Mindfulness & Yoga Practices (PESI, 2018), Yoga for Anxiety with Rick NurrieStearns (New Harbinger, 2010), Yoga for Emotional Trauma with Rick NurrieStearns (New Harbinger, 2013), Yoga Mind - Peaceful Mind with Rick NurrieStearns (New Harbinger, 2015)and Daily Meditations for Healing and Happiness: 52 Card Deck (PESI, 2016).  Mary is the co-editor of Soulful Living (Hci, 1999) and former editor of Personal Transformation magazine.  She has produced DVDs on yoga for emotional trauma and depression.  Mary teaches across the United States.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Mary NurrieStearns maintains a private practice. She receives royalties as an author for New Harbinger’s Publishing. Ms. NurrieStearns receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Nonfinancial:  Mary NurrieStearns has no relevant nonfinancial relationship to disclose.