The Tao of The Polyvagal Theory: A Five Element Perspective for a Future of Healing the Spirit and Balancing the Autonomic Nervous System, explores  the relationship between the Five Elements, of Asian medical theory, and the role that trauma plays within the Autonomic Nervous System. The path of an ancient Taoist concept of the Spirit, is set into a landscape illustrated with modern views of how the nervous system responds to distress.

Within this manual, several new concepts are presented that assist in the evolution of the Five Element practice, and establish new paradigms for how to address emotional and physiological healing of the internal environment. The Tan Cycle and the Yu Angles are described in detail within the chapters, and emphasis is placed on the integrity of yin and yang energies to support and lift each other throughout  the transformational process of inner balance.