Yoga as an adjunct to trauma-focused counselling for survivors of sexual violence: a qualitative study

Kathryn Stevens*, Julia McLeod

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    Abstract

    Although evidence exists for the therapeutic effectiveness of yoga for people with a range of mental health difficulties, further research is necessary to determine its contribution to recovery from sexual violence. This study used Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis to explore the experience of a group-based Forrest yoga programme for woman recovering from experiences of sexual violence. The main themes to emerge were: the importance of being in a group; yoga as a means of facilitating personal learning and change; yoga as an on-going resource for living. These findings indicate that women recovering from rape and sexual abuse may experience yoga as a potentially valuable adjunct to counselling.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)682-697
    Number of pages16
    JournalBritish Journal of Guidance and Counselling
    Volume47
    Issue number6
    Early online date8 May 2018
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2 Nov 2019

    Keywords

    • Adjunctive
    • Counselling
    • Interpretative phenomenological analysis
    • Pluralistic practice
    • Sexual violence
    • Social capital
    • Trauma
    • Yoga

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