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Yoga as an Adjunctive Treatment for PTSD in Latina Women: A Review of the Evidence and Recommendations for Implementation

23 July 2010


Latinos are the largest and fastest growing ethnic minority in the United States and are at risk for more prevalent and more severe Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) than the majority population. While interest in yoga as a treatment for mental disorders has increased in recent years, little research exists on its use as a therapy for PTSD. This paper reviews the evidence supporting the use of yoga as a treatment for PTSD with Latina women, especially related to the underlying neurobiological mechanisms, and outlines recommendations for its implementation with this population. Limitations, barriers, and directions for future research are discussed.


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