Yoga has become an excellent choice for therapy among combat veterans transitioning back to civilian life.

by | Jan 20, 2012

  • Following is a posting from Denise Dallas, a Yoga Artist from Florida, who works with veterans suffering from the symptoms of PTSD.  I have maintained a pretty good health regimen most of my adult life, especially running, hiking, skiing, surfing, etc.  These days walking is the most friendly or working out on a treadmill.  I plan to start yoga with my wife, Judy, at the earliest convenience.  I am convinced, from keeping up the work and passion of Ms. Dallas, that yoga  clearly has much potential as treatment therapy for PTSD.  In treating my own symptoms over the years, physical exercise has always been an important ingredient to help keep me calm, relieve stress, and create a sense of well being.  In my view yoga is yet another way to enhance the benefits of a consistent “body-centered” health regimen.

    Connected Warriors yoga work is for all military, veterans & family members.  Some incoming “students” may comprehend their own stored trauma of a lifetime and some will have diagnoses of PTS or PTSD. Yet, a service member does not need to be diagnosed or even acknowledge “Post-Traumatic Stress ” as a component of their life to decide to begin a Connected Warriors Yoga practice.  Connected Warriors class teachers, and Denise in her private practice (yoga therapy, breath work, body-work), meet individual students where they are, at the moment they show up.   With her own extensive background, Denise guides students through the transformations that occur during & throughout “post traumatic growth.” And, Connected Warriors Yoga does include a trauma-sensitive portion in the teacher training.

    Denise’s passion for yoga and volunteer work with combat veterans of any age is heartwarming.  She is doing her part in a major way to help veterans transition to civilian life with a healthier mind and body.  Check out  Connected Warriors Yoga,!/ConnectedWarriorsYoga.

    Steve Sparks
    Reconciliation, A Son’s Story 

    POST-TRAUMATIC GROWTH which almost all persons engage in is addressed in this piece. Healthful, sound, safe, body-centered therapies & processes such as Yoga, Conscious Breath and even nutritional changes, which address the WHOLE person, are necessary to refining a well-lived life.
    Lilly Bechtel interviewing Hugo Patrocinio (Miami based) on POST-TRAUMATIC Growth,
    “Post-Traumatic growth is how anyone grows, as a person, as a human being, from something they can’t see the meaning of at first. That is what yoga offered me- the chance to grow out of what I didn’t understand. And that’s why I’m so intimately involved with veterans learning this practice or at least being exposed to it, so that they can grow from an experience, out of what they may otherwise see as meaningless.”

    Because there’s no magic pill, there’s not even a magic pose, that’s going to erase your past, that’s going to bring your friends back. But there’s definitely things that we can learn that can teach us how to cope with what we lived, what we lost. And that acceptance, to live with what I have lost, …

About the author

Steve Sparks is a retired information technology sales and marketing executive with over 35 years of industry experience, including a Bachelors’ in Management from St. Mary’s College. His creative outlet is as a non-fiction author, writing about his roots as a post-WWII US Navy military child growing up in the 1950s-1960s.
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