What would you say to defend your Ashtanga dissertation?

Fortunately, you don’t have to defend your intellectual life’s work.

Not so lucky is Ida Chi LaChiusa, who will be doing just that next month.

Notice of the dissertation defense popped up in my Google alert. Here’s a link:

LaChiusa. (2015) The Transformation of Ashtanga Yoga: The Mythopoetic Journey between Body and Mind in Female Survivors of Relational Trauma (Doctoral Dissertation, Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2015)

This mixed methods study explored whether body-work such as Ashtanga yoga can lead to improved affect regulation and body awareness among survivors of complex childhood trauma. It examined the prevalence of complex trauma among Ashtanga yoga practitioners to determine qualitatively whether their perceptions of emotions, their ability to manage affective states, and their body awareness changed over the course of their practice. In addition, this study also explored relevant dreams and images which arose for participants during the course of their practice. The study is based on the hypothesis that body-work such as yoga can help survivors of complex childhood trauma integrate traumatic experiences, resulting in greater levels of affective regulation and body acceptance.

The mythopoetic brings to mind more the Danny Paradise school — if there’s such a thing — of Ashtanga. But that’s based on just the info at the link.

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