“Yoga used as therapy for Fort Gordon soldiers with brain injuries” is the kind of headline that can make our day. In a world where peaceful warrior is still just a nice stretchy yoga pose, we’re happy to see that yoga can still play its role in establishing a state of peace, and in this case rehabilitation.
Dr. John Rigg the program director of the TBI clinic at Eisenhower’s Neuroscience and Rehabilitation Center, said most of the soldiers in the program are dealing with the after-effects of multiple concussive injuries in Iraq and Afghanistan. The symptoms include mood issues, memory loss, sleeplessness and headaches.
“Medicine can relieve the symptoms, but it won’t fix it,” Rigg said.
So instead, the doctors and therapists turn to “mind and body medicine,” meaning adding massages, swimming, acupuncture and yoga to counseling sessions. For soldiers whose shoulders are constantly hunched with tension, it’s a welcome chance to empty the mind.
Yoga comes in all shapes and flavors, as do yoga teachers, and we’re incredibly grateful that some choose to get in the trenches so to speak, whether they’re sharing with thousands at a festival or a few veterans looking for peace of mind.
Once again we honor the efforts of Compass Yoga (check them out this weekend NYC!) and other organizations like Yoga for Vets, not to mention the past efforts and work that lies ahead for the Yoga Service Council (upcoming meeting at Omega May 18th-20th).
Also, we came across this campaign to raise funds for a special veterans yoga retreat to the Feathered Pipe Ranch:
Semper Fidelis Health and Wellness is teaming up with the Veterans Yoga Project to raise funds for an upcoming retreat to the Feathered Pipe Ranch. 100% of the money will be used to offset tuition for the event. Durring the six-day retreat the founders of the Veterans Yoga Project will offer a unique opportunity for intensive training in a proven, mindful approach to teaching yoga to individuals suffering from PTSD and other trauma-related psychological difficulties, as well as an opportunity for personal healing, retreat, and practice.
If you’re feeling so inclined, head to their gofundme page.
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