At Bamboo Garden Yoga studio we proudly support the Connected Warriors Inc, which works to offer free yoga classes to military veterans. It’s a program we strongly believe in, and here’s why we support yoga for veterans.
The Connected Warriors Inc is aimed at providing evidence-based Trauma-Conscious yoga therapy programs. It is about using yoga to ease the trauma of war. Service members, veterans, and family members of military personnel are eligible to join in based on the class. These classes provide a safe haven of community to work towards balancing the mind, body, and soul.
Yoga for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Many soldiers return from their tours carrying more weight than they brought with them. They can suffer from nightmares, anger, guilt, paranoia, and a whole range of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder symptoms. Connected Warriors works to offer specialized trauma-conscious yoga therapy classes taught by certified and trained yoga teachers and health care professionals.
Yoga is known for calming the mind, body, and spirit. Through these specialized classes, military personnel can work through the trauma they have experienced. They learn to relax, how to gain self-insight and coping mechanisms. These classes also provide unity and community among those in it. PTSD can be isolating but a yoga class is all about inclusivity.
How It Works
Studies have found that yoga is a great complimentary treatment for PTSD. What that means is that it’s not a cure on its own but it can act as a treatment bridge. It has been found to work especially well in women. Yoga works to increase self-awareness, safety, and mastery over one’s own body. This practice also helps people build skills to interpret and tolerate different states.
Yoga focuses on both physical and mental mastery of the body. On a physical level lowering blood pressure, relieving tension, and controlling breathing can all help reduce PTSD. On a mental level, yoga centers the mind in the present, not the past or future. PTSD drags an individual back to the traumatic event but my focusing in the moment through yoga they can work on overcoming this.
Currently at Bamboo Garden Yoga, we offer free yoga classes for military veterans. Our instructor has been trained to lead these classes effectively. If you aren’t a military veteran but are still suffering from PTSD we encourage you to try one of our other yoga classes or come talk to us. Check out our schedule to see when we are offering our next Connected Warriors yoga class. Namaste!