Yoga for Veterans
Mindful Resilience for Trauma Survivors
This Yoga for Veterans course was based on the Mindful Resilience for Trauma Survivors 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tools for Resilience
We share the following five tools with our students:
- Mindful Movement
- Guided Rest
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)
“Invaluable to the well-being of veterans.”
Feedback from Veterans
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“This course has given me an extra set of ‘tools’ that I can use when feeling overwhelmed and under pressure. Years of working with counselors at the VA can’t compare to the amount of help that yoga has provided in the short time I’ve been involved with it.”
Frequently Asked Questions
- What is a class like?
- What should I bring to class?
- What should I wear?
- Is this therapy? Will I talk about about my feelings?
- What does the program cost?
The five tools used in this program – Breathing, Mindful Movement, Guided Rest, Meditation, and Gratitude – all have direct positive effects on the nervous system. In addition, yoga is an effective treatment for many conditions commonly occurring with PTSD, including depression and chronic pain.
In support of this program we are able to provide referrals to local psychotherapists and counselors through the local vet center.
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