26 Jan '13, 6am

Can yoga help PTSD?

Can yoga help PTSD?

Anecdotal evidence and scientific studies alike have shown that yoga can help military personnel who are experiencing symptoms of, or full-blown post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Returning men and women who have served in combat zones often have trouble turning off the very habits of body and mind that make them good at their work in war zones (the body becomes used to hypervigilance but bad at relaxing, even to the point where restful sleep becomes next to impossible), and can suffer from anxiety, insomnia, anger, depression, pain and other physical and mental issues. Yoga for PTSD has a slightly different focus, though it is still recognizably a mind-body practice. iRest is just one of the techniques used by teachers specifically for returning military, which is different from the yoga most of us experience when we take a class at a gym or a yoga center in that its ...

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