They say that anxiety, trauma and depression can be stored in the eyes.
A frozen memory of the past… Read more
Stephen Porges, Professor of Psychiatry and Founder of Polyvagal Theory, puts it this way:
“Eye contact and prosody — flexible and variable tonality — mediate and announce safe and nurturing conditions. Attachment or engagement is a primary need for adults. Yet trauma and stress disrupt engagement. Estranged human being’s stare into space, and break face-to-face contact.” (source)
Yoga can help by managing heart rate variability, helping us to be self compassionate to internal feelings of shame and guilt. And with the help of a trusted other we find….
“The look of love is in your eyes. The look your heart can’t disguise. The look of love is saying so much more, than just words can ever say.” It is that face-to-face encounter, the look of love, which facilitates adaptive social engagement, heals trauma, and adds richness to our lives.”
Yoga Therapy for the eyes – using facial expression, prosody, and breath to re-connect.