In Trauma Healing in the Yoga Zone Joann Lutz transforms yoga practices into a
neurobiological based therapeutic strategy that facilitates and optimizes health
through enhanced autonomic regulation. This model, which she labels as Nervous
System-Informed Trauma-Sensitive Yoga (NITYA), is the product of an insightful
consilience of ancient traditions with contemporary neuroscience. Embracing the
model will lead to deeper understanding of the wisdom embedded in yoga and the
powerful neurophysiological impact it may have on rehabilitating mental and physical
Stephen W. Porges, PhD
Distinguished University Scientist
Indiana University, Bloomington
Professor, Department of Psychiatry
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
In Trauma Healing in the Yoga Zone, Joann Lutz combines ancient wisdom from
yoga with a scientifically informed therapeutic approach for safe and effective
trauma resolution. Compulsory reading for anyone interested in healing trauma
through neuroscience blended with compassion!
Shirley Telles MBBS PhD, Director,
Patanjali Research Foundation, Haridwar, India
Sat Bir Singh Khalsa:
With over 5% of the population experiencing trauma that leads to clinically significant post-traumatic
stress disorder, its prevalence is becoming more recognized in society. Neuroscientific research is
revealing that this condition is a mind-body disorder, and yet conventional treatments such as
psychotherapy focus on cognitive processes and have been only partially effective. This book
comprehensively describes the theory and application of yoga as a mind-body intervention for
trauma. It is a welcome contribution to the growing field of trauma-sensitive yoga that will be of
significant use to both patients and therapists.
Sat Bir Singh Khalsa, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Editor in Chief, International Journal of Yoga Therapy
Editor, The Principles and Practice of Yoga in Health Care
“An innovative approach to healing trauma.”
Dean Ornish, M.D.
author, “UnDo It!”
Founder & President, Preventive Medicine Research Institute,
Clinical Professor of Medicine, UCSF
Joann Lutz offers an in-depth exploration of accessible methods to address the complexity of trauma
through comprehensive understandings of the nervous system and yoga philosophy and practices.
Her writing supports the reader in reflecting upon the many nuances of applying these theories and
practices for trauma sensitivity. This book is a valuable resource to anyone wanting to learn more
about how yoga can safely and effectively benefit people who have experienced trauma.
Marlysa Sullivan DPT, C-IAYT
Author, “Understanding Yoga Therapy: Applied Philosophy and Science for Wellbeing”
“Joann has wondrously woven together multiple disparate models of how yoga
affects the post-traumatic nervous system, to enhance our understanding and
utilization of these practices. This work will be a cherished contribution to the
growing body of work on these ever evolving theories.”
Jonathan Rosenthal, MD,
Resident Physician, Neurology, NYU School of Medicine
These days, when I teach, I hear a common question from yoga therapy students: What’s the
evidence for this? Trauma in the Yoga Zone, is the perfect place to send them for answers, and to
look them up myself! Joann Lutz does a remarkable job of linking specific practices to their effects on
the autonomic nervous system. Each recommended practice is backed up by scientific evidence or, if
the data is not yet available, current scientific theory. The research behind why and how yoga can
help trauma survivors heal is invaluable for yoga therapists and mental health practitioners. I will be
referencing this rich compendium of research and practice for years to come!
Amy Weintraub, MFA, C-IAYT, YACEP,
Author of Yoga Skills for Therapists, Yoga for Depression, and the card deck, Yoga for Your Mood.
Trauma Healing in the Yoga Zone is the book that all yoga teachers and yoga
therapists will benefit from reading. It is the perfect bridge between the teachings of
Yoga, modern allopathic medicine, and the psychology of healing trauma. The book
explains in detail how the nervous system functions when it is healthy vs.
dysregulated, and how to bring it back to balance using the tools of yoga. I will be
recommending it to all of my students and colleagues!
Amy Wheeler, Ph.D. (Southern California)
Former President of the International Association of Yoga Therapists (2018-2020)
“As a certified yoga therapist working with clients who suffer, it is evident how
trauma affects the body and mind as one. Trauma Healing in the Yoga Zone”
offers an extensive wealth of comprehensive, evidence-based knowledge to
yoga therapists, to enrich their work, and to mental health professionals, to
enhance their work with accessible yogic practices. This book is of great value
for training as well as practice in both professions.
Helene Couvrette, C-IAYT, E-RYT500
President, MISTY - Montreal International Symposium on Therapeutic
Founder H~OM Yoga www.homyogacenter.comeviews