Gentle Vehicles for Healing

Case Studies in Metro Vancouver, bases on real life experiences


Case Study #1:  Ten year old Motor Vehicle Accident (MVA) resulting in the following chronic symptoms:

  1. Soft tissue injury in upper back and neck, exacerbated by a fall onto the left elbow.

Results after one month, using Physical Yoga Therapy and Techniques:

  • Easing of pain in shoulder, which has resulted in improved sleep at night
  • Greater mobility in movement of shoulders and arms
  • Greater mobility and range of motion in neck
  • Improved posture
  • Improved mobility in hips
  1. Arthritis in facet joints, brought on by MVA:

Results after one month, using Gentle Yoga Therapy and Techniques:

  • Nurture and maintenance of spine flexibility

These improvements have resulted in our client having more energy, and mental clarity, being free from the exhausting pain. The client also now knows and has the ability to self-regulate and correct as necessary.  The client will move forward with back strengthening techniques, but for now is just enjoying being relatively pain free.


Case Study #2:  Lung surgery in adolescence – Resulting in severe Apnea until present age of early sixties, including misaligned left shoulder and hip due to compensating for breathing imbalance.

Results after two and a half months, using a combination of Physical Yoga Therapy and Trauma Sensitive Yoga Therapy Techniques:

  • no longer anticipating the next breath
  • improved posture, increased lung capacity for the breath
  • shoulder position greatly corrected with posture
  • increased left hip mobility with a greater range of motion
  • client demonstrates greater confidence and a lighter, happier state of being


Case Study #3:   Previous student of yoga for many years.  No longer able to practice due to fibromyalgia, depression, anxiety, resulting in tension in jaw & neck.

An example of how what happens in the mind is reflected in the body.

Results after 3 months, using a combination of Physical Yoga Therapy and Trauma Sensitive Yoga Therapy Techniques:

  • Noticeable decrease in anxiety. The client demonstrates a lighter presence where there used to be heaviness
  • Release techniques have greatly reduced the jaw and neck tension
  • Gentle therapeutic program, designed for the client’s particular needs, has allowed for a return to home-based practice and resulting in becoming comfortable in one’s body, and eventually returning to group sessions
  • Trauma Sensitive Yoga Therapy breathing techniques and guided meditation to rest the body and mind, enables the client to stabilize and stay grounded
  • Gain key ability to tune in and listen to one’s body in order to be able to self-regulate at first sign of tension, anxiety and stress
  • Letting go of anxiety and tension using gentle therapeutic yoga practice, the aches from the fibromyalgia have decreased due to improved circulation, and the release of uptight muscles and joints



Our yoga focuses on addressing the root of the issue before deciding, alongside you, what the goal of your yoga practice is and how to address this through therapeutic yoga.  Your planning with our professionals will look at your overall physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing and how therapeutic yoga can help you address these areas.

Have questions? Call Brenna at (604) 283-7827 ext. 709 or email brenna@alongsideyou.ca.