Title of Work
Big life transitions, typically resulting from loss, can cause physical, emotional, and behavioral problems. Using a heuristic methodology, this article answers the question: Given polyvagal theory, how can yoga and depth psychology combine to support clients to make transitions more easily? Polyvagal theory hypothesizes that the vagus nerve, the longest cranial nerve, impacts impact many parts of the body related to physical and mental health. Breathing helps the vagus nerve function properly along with self-regulation, homeostasis, and the social engagement system. Yoga and depth psychology recognize the continuous cycles of life that exist in nature, the constancy of change, the aspects of the person that are unchanging, and the ability of both client and therapist to witness it all. To demonstrate the utility of combining yoga and depth psychology to heal the pain of transitions, a therapeutic program was developed and depicted graphically.
Saremi, Amitice L.
"Gateways for Transformation,"
Counseling and Family Therapy Scholarship Review: Vol. 3:
1, Article 7.
Available at: https://epublications.regis.edu/cftsr/vol3/iss1/7
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