YOCD Yoga for OCD & Anxiety


Trauma sensitive yoga classes focus on reconnecting with the body in a safe, secure, non-competitive environment. These can assist with recovery from stress, trauma and anxiety disorders such as OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), BDD (Body Dysmorphia), and GAD (General Anxiety Disorder).

Breath work (pranayama), posture (asana), mindfulness meditation and relaxation techniques combine to help achieve positive body relationship, healing and recovery.

Jo is a qualified S.O.A.R.™ SUCCESS OVER ADDICTION AND RELAPSE Yoga Instructor having trained with Kyczy Hawk, founder of Yoga Recovery and author of Yoga & the 12 Step Path. Jo adapted these techniques and created YOCD to help people struggling with anxiety issues and trauma. The techniques are now incorporated into the Chakra Yoga method applied in Jo’s books and classes.


What is OCD?

According to the OCD Action website:-

‘OCD is a clinically recognised disorder which affects around 1-2% of the population. It is debilitating and paralysing. People with OCD experience intensely negative, repetitive and intrusive thoughts, combined with a chronic feeling of doubt or danger (obsessions). In order to quell the thought or quieten the anxiety, they will often repeat an action, again and again (compulsions).

One of the greatest challenges that people with OCD face is the need to fight both the all pervasive stigma of mental health disorders and the widely held belief that OCD is a mild or even “quirky” problem that is nothing more than hand washing. Many people now use the term “a bit OCD-ish” without understanding the onerous nature of the disorder in its severe form.

We all know how isolating OCD can be, it can make you feel trapped and cut off from the rest of the world. Finding the right support and building up a support network can make a massive difference; it can give you the tools and the strength to fight back and make you feel that you are not facing OCD on your own.’

(from http://www.ocdaction.org.uk/ and http://www.obsessivecompulsiveanonymous.org.uk/. Please visit these websites for further information.)

OCD Action

‘OCD Action works for a society where OCD is better understood and diagnosed quickly, where appropriate treatment options are open and accessible, where support and information is readily available and where nobody feels ashamed to ask for help.

We are here because OCD tears families apart and leaves people isolated and exhausted. OCD ruins lives. It is a sad fact that many people with OCD delay seeking help. They put up with it for too long, perhaps thinking that nothing can be done or just not knowing where to turn. OCD Action believes in taking action. We want people affected by OCD to seek help, to understand their treatment options and find the support and motivation they need to fight back. OCD is treatable, it can get better.’

About BDD

Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) is a clinically recognised condition defined as a preoccupation with a perceived defect in one’s appearance. If a slight defect is present, which others hardly notice, then the concern is regarded as markedly excessive. 

The term Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) describes a disabling preoccupation with perceived defects or flaws in appearance. It can affect both men and women, and makes sufferers excessively self-conscious. They tend to check their appearance repeatedly and try to camouflage or alter the defects they see, often undergoing needless cosmetic treatments. Onlookers are frequently perplexed because they can see nothing out of the ordinary, but BDD causes devastating distress and interferes substantially with the ability to function socially.

Body Dysmorphic Disorder includes Compulsive Skin Picking (CSP) and Trichotillomania (Compulsive Hair Pulling CHP).

For more information visit http://bddfoundation.org/

Do I have BDD? Take the test here http://bddfoundation.org/helping-you/questionnaires/
































Yoga is the practice of quieting the mind.’

– Patañjali