Bessel van der Kolk
Psychiatrist and PTSD Researcher
Book: The Body Keeps the Score [free audiobook] [free ebook]

“We have learned that trauma is not just an event that took place sometime in the past; it is also the imprint left by that experience on mind, brain, and body.”
“For real change to take place, the body needs to learn that the danger has passed and to live in the reality of the present… Yoga became a major cornerstone in our understanding that it is imperative to befriend one’s bodily sensations in order to overcome the imprint of trauma.”

Dr Gabor Maté
Physician, Author and Researcher
Book: The Myth of Normal [audio summary]

“Whether we realize it or not, it is our woundedness, or how we cope with it, that dictates much of our behaviour, shapes our social habits, and informs our ways of thinking about the world.”

Dr. Nicole LePera
Holistic Psychologist
Book: How To Do The Work [free audiobook]
Workbook: How To Meet Your Self

“Trauma occurred when we consistently betrayed ourselves for love, were consistently treated in a way that made us feel unworthy or unacceptable resulting in a severed connection to our authentic Self. Trauma creates the fundamental belief that we must betray who we are in order to survive.”

Dr Robert Sapolsky
Professor of biology, neurology, neurological sciences, and neurosurgery at Stanford University.
Book: Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers
Book: Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst
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“On an incredibly simplistic level, you can think of depression as occurring when your cortex thinks an abstract thought and manages to convince the rest of the brain that this is as real as a physical stressor.”

Peter Levine
Founder of Somatic Experiencing®, a naturalistic & neurobiological approach to healing trauma
Book: Healing Trauma
Book: Waking the Tiger [free audiobook]

“When a person is exposed to overwhelming stress, threat or injury, they develop a procedural memory. Trauma occurs when these implicit procedures are not neutralized. The failure to restore homeostasis is at the basis for the maladaptive and debilitating symptoms of trauma.”

Yoga with Adriene
Free Yoga Classes for beginners on Youtube

“Inhale lots of love in. Exhale lots of love out.”

Patrick Teahan
Childhood Trauma Therapist – Youtube advice videos

“Welcome! I’m glad we found each other and I want you to know that what happened to you growing up is sadly more common than you think. There are many of us healing, growing, and telling our truth.”

Emma McAdam
Family Therapist, Trauma Specialist
“Here’s the thing about trauma: even though the event happened in the past, we work with trauma in the present moment.”

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