Every November, Americans honor and celebrate our country’s war veterans during Veterans Awareness Month. In discussing their service, it’s important to recognize the struggles that many encounter as a result.
Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS) is s a serious condition that can develop after a person has experienced or witnessed a traumatic or terrifying event in which serious physical harm occurred or was threatened. PTSD is a lasting consequence of traumatic ordeals that cause intense fear, helplessness, or horror. For perspective, recent studies have found that 1 in 5 veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars have been diagnosed. And each year, more than 6,500 veterans die by suicide. These numbers are alarming, but thankfully, there’s hope.
For many veterans, practicing yoga and meditation acts as a complementary treatment for their symptoms of anxiety and depression. That’s why we started our therapeutic yoga program for veterans. Our programs aim to relieve depression, build greater resilience to stress, decrease cortisol levels and blood pressure, and improve sleep and overall quality of life.
If you know a veteran who could benefit from yoga and meditation, here are additional great resources to share with them:
- Real Warriors Campaign: The Real Warriors Campaign is a multimedia public awareness campaign designed to encourage help-seeking behavior among service members, veterans and military families coping with invisible wounds. The campaign features stories of real service members who reached out for psychological support or care with successful outcomes, including learning coping skills, maintaining their security clearance and continuing to succeed in their military or civilian careers.
- Kula’s Yoga for Veterans Video Series: Our Yoga For Veterans Video Series is a 6-part guided yoga and meditation practice, designed specifically for veterans to practice in the comfort of their own home. With the goal of creating a safe space for transformation and healing, these 30-minute videos guide viewers through asana, adaptive yoga, restorative practice, easy flow, power yoga levels I and II, and meditation.
- Veterans Yoga Project Practice Guide: This guide was developed by the Veterans Yoga Project to act as a free resource to veterans who are interested in practicing yoga as an aid in the PTS recovery process. The non-profit organization also offers free audio files of meditation, breathwork, seated movement, and guided resting practices.
Do you know of other resources that could be helpful to veterans who are looking to integrate yoga and meditation into their recovery process? Share with us on social media (Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram)!