The use of yoga as a healing method for survivors of sexual and domestic violence
Stolz-Newton, Mary E.
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Stolz-Newton, Mary E. 2013. The Use of Yoga as a Healing Method for Survivors of Sexual and Domestic Violence. -- In Proceedings: 9th Annual Symposium: Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects. Wichita, KS: Wichita State University, p.18-19
This study examines the use of yoga to increase self-compassion in female survivors of sexual and domestic violence. Because of the isolating nature of sexual victimization, many survivors are left abandoned by their support systems and begin to blame themselves for the violence inflicted upon them by turning their anger and isolation inwards and/or learning to dissociate from their physical and emotional pain. A preliminary analysis of the data suggests that the yoga program increases the participants' self-compassion. The implications of increased rates of self-compassion include better overall wellness for survivors by increasing their feelings of self-kindness, mindfulness, and connection.
Paper presented to the 9th Annual Symposium on Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects (GRASP) held at the Marcus Welcome Center, Wichita State University, May 8, 2013.
Research completed at the School of Social Work, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences