July 25, 2016
Bessel Van Der Kolk
Trauma and Resilience Land in Our Bodies

“Trauma treatment starts at the foundation of a body that can sleep, a body that can rest, a body that feels safe, a body that can move.” Psychiatrist Bessel Van Der Kolk on finding resilience in our bodies after trauma.

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is Medical Director of the Trauma Center at the Justice Resource Institute in Brookline, Massachusetts. He’s also a professor of psychiatry at Boston University Medical School. His books include Traumatic Stress: The Effects of Overwhelming Experience on the Mind, Body and Society and The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma.

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  • Joanna Basile

    I am grateful that I knew trauma (and grief) lives in our bodies; sometimes it sends not so subtle hints that it’s here. With this knowledge I have the ability to connect to it and ride with it instead of against it. And oh man does Yoga often connect to it — when I am most present in my body, opening gateways to healing figuratively and literally.