Year of Publication


Date of Thesis


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science


Occupational Therapy

Subject Categories

Occupational therapy


A hermeneutic phenomenological approach was used to explore the effects of trauma on occupational participation and well-being and how yoga impacts healing. Three trauma survivors with yoga practices consisting of asana (postures), pranayama (breath control), and meditation shared their stories. Interviews yielded compelling accounts of how yoga has helped participants manage the evolving effects of trauma and open towards embodied healing. The major theme embodiment was arrived at with constituent themes: choices, opening towards possibilities, connection, the power of breath, yoga as a microcosm. Findings suggest opportunity for integration of yoga and occupational therapy in a holistic approach to trauma.



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