Why yoga for war veterans is important

Army soldiers doing yoga - Baron Baptiste
A great photo from the Baptiste Yoga Facebook page
Yoga News by Liz Eustace

We as yogis are aware of yoga's ability to relieve stress, but the Air Force is now utilizing yoga to ease the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. YogaFit for Warriors is a program designed for wounded warriors, emergency responders, and those who suffer from PTSD designed by Lt. Col. Shaye Molendyke with YogaFit founder Beth Shaw and yoga therapist Kristy Manual. The program prepares yoga teachers to work specifically with men and women who have experienced war. 

Programs like YogaFit for Warriors are becoming increasingly popular as yoga is showing to be more beneficial for veterans. Back in February, we posted this article about how yoga helps amputee vets and a few weeks ago, Baron Baptiste posted the great photo above of soldiers getting their yoga on. 

A recent study in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine shows that veterans are using alternative therapies - including yoga - for stress reduction up to seven times more than civilians. Yoga allows veterans to regain confidence lost during trauma, both in their physical and mental capabilities. Yoga programs for vets also provide safe spaces for veterans to relax and helps them gain back mobility and range of motion that may have been lost during combat.

Have you witnessed a veteran in your life benefit from practicing yoga? 

About the Author

Liz Eustace

Present: Leadership coach, author, presenter, brand expert and momma of two!

Inspiration: my kiddies, laughter, countless yoga teachers, my creative hubby, my youthful mom & dad, my wacky sisters, kindness, my unpredictable brother, stillness and Prudence Bruns. 

Comments

From Wounded Warrior to Yoga Warrior

I am a disabled veteran and Yoga Instructor in Brooklyn, NY. After injuring my knees and right shoulder during military training I had corrective surgeries and was deemed by Veteran's hospital Orthopedic Director as "too damaged" to live a physically active lifestyle - I was only 20 years old. 5 years later, after many struggles, physical therapy, and gaining unhealthy weight I discovered Yoga. Since, I have had my ups & downs dealing with my past injuries, yet, Yoga has become my 'all-in-one' fix-it tool for my body, mind and spirit. Coupled with manual physical therapy and sports massage, yoga helps me maintain peak physical shape with little to no pain in the damaged, arthritic joints. I believe without my Yoga practice I would be far worse off health wise, both physically and mentally. its truly is a blessing I was able to discover this great approach to life, all 8 limbs of it :) Namaste. Alex Litvak, Corporal, USMC. 200RYT Yoga Instructor.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Namaste-Warrior/129180017263475

From Wounded Warrior to Yoga Warrior

I am a disabled veteran and Yoga Instructor in Brooklyn, NY. After injuring my knees and right shoulder during military training I had corrective surgeries and was deemed by Veteran's hospital Orthopedic Director as "too damaged" to live a physically active lifestyle - I was only 20 years old. 5 years later, after many struggles, physical therapy, and gaining unhealthy weight I discovered Yoga. Since, I have had my ups & downs dealing with my past injuries, yet, Yoga has become my 'all-in-one' fix-it tool for my body, mind and spirit. Coupled with manual physical therapy and sports massage, yoga helps me maintain peak physical shape with little to no pain in the damaged, arthritic joints. I believe without my Yoga practice I would be far worse off health wise, both physically and mentally. its truly is a blessing I was able to discover this great approach to life, all 8 limbs of it :) Namaste. Alex Litvak, Corporal, USMC. 200RYT Yoga Instructor.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Namaste-Warrior/129180017263475

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