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Mindful : October 2019
and the Sudan and Rwanda genocides. One of the studies they did after the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami showed that slow-breathing practices dra- matically reduced symptoms of PTSD and depression—in a matter of days, in some cases. “ What trauma does is disrupt the healthy balance of different parts of our nervous system, which are meant to work together,” said Brown. “ When people have to strive to sur- vive, their stress response becomes overactive and the soothing part of the system declines. But we’ve found that you can bring it back into bal- ance by shifting the way you breathe. More research needs to be done on this, but our feeling is that breath- ing breaks the link between negative emotions and the memory of events. It kind of washes away the stored pattern of the incident and reformats your cerebral cortex.” A moving example is the story of Sonya, an office worker who was miraculously rescued from the World Trade Center. She’d been working in the towers during the previous attack in 1993, so she didn’t hesitate when the first plane crashed into her build- ing on 9/11. She got up from her desk on the 80th floor and started running down the stairs in high heels as fast as she could. Halfway down the stair- well, she collapsed from exhaustion, but two men carried her the rest of the way, in total darkness except for the faint glow of a distant policeman’s flashlight. Twenty seconds after they escaped, the building collapsed. Afterward, Sonya developed PTSD and was constantly haunted by anxiety, nightmares, and unbearable feelings of distress. She tried con- ventional treatment, medication, and some alternative approaches, includ- ing resistance breathing. But nothing seemed to work. Finally, seven years later, she signed up for one of Brown’s and Gerbarg ’s workshops and made an impressive recovery. At the end of the weekend, she revealed this was the first time since the tragedy that she felt as if she’d gotten her life back. → October 2019 mindful 71 “shockingly comfortable... no pressure on my knees and ankles.” patented pedestal design promotes perfect posture, balance, and breathing the ultra lightweight meditation seat that breaks down and reassembles in one swift, magnetic motion /simplysittinggear @simply_sitting simplysitting.com f ind true center the evolution of the meditation bench handcrafted and curved for comfort