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Yoga for Veterans

Mindful Resilience for Trauma Recovery

This Yoga for Veterans course was based on the Mindful Resilience for Trauma Recovery program created by the Veterans Yoga project. Mindful Resilience has been successfully integrated into mental health and addiction treatment programs for veterans and active-duty military across the US and Canada. The program is an evidence-informed, clinically-tested yoga program that was developed specifically for veterans recovering from post-traumatic stress and other psychological difficulties.

Breathe Easy

Breathing is the bridge between the mind and the body. Breathing techniques are used to calm and strengthen the nervous system and relax the body and mind.

Move Freely

Mindful movement helps the student to re-inhabit the body in the present moment, building awareness and a greater sense of connection between the body and mind.

Focus Clearly

Meditation allows us to gain control over the mind so that we can use it to our benefit. Over time, the practice leads us to clarity and peace of mind.

Rest Easy

Guided Rest, or “Yoga Nidra,” is sometimes called conscious sleep. The practice allows the student to experience a combination of gentle alertness and deep relaxation.

Experience Gratitude

Developing an attitude of Gratitude and focusing on what is currently working in life provides emotional healing and fulfillment.

Tools for Resilience

We share the following five tools with our students:

  • Meditation
  • Mindful Movement
  • Breathing
  • Guided Rest
  • Gratitude

Proven Research

Several studies have been completed which show significant improvement in PTSD symptoms among veterans resulting from yoga and mindfulness.  In a sample of nearly 1200 veteran visits, pain-reduction was experienced 84% of the time, with average decreases of 42.5%. 91% of students reported stress reductions of up to 53.8%. (Veterans Yoga Project outcomes for 2017)

Testimonials:

“So relaxing and helpful with my anxiety.”

“I can’t stress it enough how much yoga has helped me with my combat-related PTS.”

“After the first class my back pain was practically gone. I’m now using the techniques at home.”

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