Friday, July 29, 2011

Trauma victims connect to their bodies with specialized yoga

Kristal Perry-Gutierrez teaches "Healing Through Yoga" at Namaste Yoga Center in Springfield, Ill.

She received her master's degree in human development counseling from the University of Illinois Springfield. She was a yoga student at the time and decided to incorporate yoga into her master's project.

"I decided to do yoga with children who had been sexually abused. I did a yoga course for eight weeks, twice a week with girls between the ages of 7 and 11," she says. The girls gave her feedback with comments like, "Yoga helps you get the bad stuff out," and "Yoga helps you be less afraid."

"It was a qualitative study, and the results were pretty significant," she says.

Perry-Gutierrez was featured in an July 28, 2011, article in The State Journal-Register.

Read the article online