Yoga Since 2006, Walter Reed Medical Center has been treating soldiers diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) using a healing practice employed in ancient India:  yoga.  Consisting of a series of physical postures, breathing techniques, and relaxation strategies, yoga is seen as instrumental in helping to calm down the autonomic nervous system, or “fight or flight” brain, that has been overly stimulated by traumas due to combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. PTSD symptoms include upsetting memories, flashbacks, nightmares, and intense feelings and sensations when reminded of the trauma. “Yoga is a different way of getting in and trying to address these symptoms,” said one soldier with PTSD who benefitted from yoga treatment. “Yoga can teach soldiers very concrete relaxation strategies. It’s grounded in many of the same principles that therapy is grounded in.”


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  1. The benefits of yoga are beyond the limit. I practice yoga for the pat 3 years to control the stress, depression and anxiety problems I face in my daily life. The main benefit of yoga is, it brings down stress and enhances powers of relaxation and Infuses a sense of balance and internal harmony.
    Well said about them here.

  2. As I shrugged off the last remnants of PTSD last year, I was studying to become a yoga teacher (course now complete). I blog about both yoga and PTSD, because I know that movement and connection of the breath and mind to body movements really helped me while I was going through the healing process. 🙂

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