Shelley's Corner: A Series on Emotional Trauma, Addiction, and Healing
Dr. Shelley Uram is a Harvard trained, triple board-certified psychiatrist and a Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. As a Meadows' Senior Fellow, Dr. Uram conducts patient lectures and provides ongoing training and consultation to the treatment staff at The Meadows.
I want to dive right into a really interesting topic! Most of you that are reading this have received some kind of help from The Meadows – workshops, inpatient care, step-down care, lectures, etc. But I bet a lot of you didn’t know that, along with other treatments you have received or are receiving, you can help heal yourself… A LOT.
There is a growing body of fascinating research that has recently been on the horizon. Yoga, a practice most or all of you know at least something about, is one of the big “stars” of this emerging research.
Studies are showing that if you practice yoga two or more times per week for at least a few months, your brain and nervous system start to become much better regulated. Though this research is primarily around improved symptoms from psychological trauma, participants report feeling much better all around.
People that stopped the yoga practice after the studies ended saw some of their symptoms return. But the folks who stayed with it continued to feel better.
My sense is that if you practice yoga regularly and your nervous system becomes better regulated, any other treatments or practices you have may become even more beneficial.
So, go out there and give it a try!!!
Shelley Uram, M.D.
© Shelley Uram 2014