Project Haiti
Collaborative Effort to Bring Therapeutic Yoga to Haiti

Project Haiti

This is a collaborative project between several yogis who work in the trauma field, including Sue Jones of Yoga Hope -www.yogahope.org  – and Maggie Juliano of Sprout Yoga – www.sproutyoga.org.

There is generous amounts of research on how yoga is used by counselors and psychologists to assist in treating those suffering from the effects of trauma, see details below. There is also a fair amount of research on how yoga was used to help survivors of Katrina and the Indonesian tsunamis. Ergo, we know it works and we are working on bringing it to Haiti.

Join us in this effort by donating frequent flyer miles, yoga mats, training space such as yoga studios, and money or by contacting your local yoga studio to set up donation classes.

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Effects of a yoga breath intervention alone and in combination with an exposure therapy for post-traumatic stress disorder and depression in survivors of the 2004 South-East Asia tsunami.
Descilo T, Vedamurtachar A, Gerbarg PL, Nagaraja D, Gangadhar BN, Damodaran B, Adelson B, Braslow LH, Marcus S, Brown RP.

The Trauma Resolution Center of Miami, Miami, FL, USA.

Descilo T, Vedamurtachar A, Gerbarg PL, Nagaraja D, Gangadhar BN, Damodaran B, Adelson B, Braslow LH, Marcus S, Brown RP. Effects of a yoga breath intervention alone and in combination with an exposure therapy for PTSD and depression in survivors of the 2004 South-East Asia tsunami.Objective: This study evaluated the effect of a yoga breath program alone and followed by a trauma reduction exposure technique on post-traumatic stress disorder and depression in survivors of the 2004 Asian tsunami. Method: In this non-randomized study, 183 tsunami survivors who scored 50 or above on the Post-traumatic Checklist-17 (PCL-17) were assigned by camps to one of three groups: yoga breath intervention, yoga breath intervention followed by 3-8 h of trauma reduction exposure technique or 6-week wait list. Measures for post-traumatic stress disorder (PCL-17) and depression (BDI-21) were performed at baseline and at 6, 12 and 24 weeks. Data were analyzed using anova and mixed effects regression. Results: The effect of treatment vs. control was significant at 6 weeks (F(2,178) = 279.616, P < 0.001): mean PCL-17 declined by 42.5 +/- 10.0 SD with yoga breath, 39.2 +/- 17.2 with Yoga breath + exposure and 4.6 +/- 13.2 in the control. Conclusion: Yoga breath-based interventions may help relieve psychological distress following mass disasters.

 

Soc Work Health Care. 2006;43(2-3):9-36.

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3 Responses to “Project Haiti”

  1. […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Maggiebean, Maggiebean. Maggiebean said: @AbbyThompson @yogahopesue @kellymcgonigal blog on Yoga for Trauma: Project Haiti https://yoga4trauma.wordpress.com/2010/01/21/hello-world/ […]

  2. Hi,

    This is awesome. I would love to help, perhaps as a teacher, depending on timing, but I think I can get some NYC yoga studio space fir meetings and possibly training.

    Also I just completed Street Yoga teacher training with Mark. It was great! My focus is on helping trauma survivors.

    Thanks for what you’re doing! Hope to meet and talk one way or the other.

    Stacey Sperling


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