“A Stanford research study found the Sudarshan Kriya Yoga breathing program reduced post-traumatic stress disorder and anxiety in Iraq and Afghanistan veterans.”
“One of the greatest casualties of war is its lasting effect on the minds of soldiers. This presents a daunting public health problem: More than 20 percent of veterans returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have post-traumatic stress disorder, according to a 2012 report by RAND Corp.”
“Newly published research by Stanford scholar Emma Seppala shows how meditation and breathing exercises can help military veterans recover from post-traumatic stress disorder.”
“Hard core military guys and yoga – that doesn’t really… go together does it?” people have asked. It’s true that, when they first walked into the study, the young, tattoo-covered, hard-drinking, motorcycle driving men that participated in my study did not look like your typical yoga studio regulars. But their words after participating in our study said it all: “Thank you for giving me my life back.” “I feel like I’ve been dead since I returned from Iraq and I feel like I’m alive again.”
Congressman Tim Ryan’s new book promotes the use of yoga and meditation-based practices for returning veterans and highlights research happening on the PWHT workshop conducted at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
Countless stories in history of individuals overcoming some of the most extreme hardships are the result of a resilient brain. Project Welcome Home Troops is working to improve the quality of life for thousands of veterans in America through their resilience building program.
Cheers to America’s new push-up for the brain! With all the scientific evidence coming in over the years, meditation is now becoming a practice that anyone from any walk of life can embrace.
“Research by Stanford scholar Emma Seppala at the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education found that post-traumatic stress disorder decreased in veterans who participated in a weeklong breathing, yoga and meditation workshop, and remained lower a year later.”
“For these veterans, healing trauma was as simple as learning how to breathe.”
“We take our breath for granted, but learning to breathe can change our life.”
Veterans learn to use yoga and meditation exercises to reconnect with their emotions in a UW-Madison study
“Military people don’t want to be seen as victims, they’re so brave,” Seppala said. “They’re not always open to therapy because they hate the victim status, so we want to give them practices to empower them with tools they can use to help themselves.” A year later, Low, 30, sums up his experience with two words: “It works.” Wisconsin State Journal
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
At the newly created Center for Investigating Healthy Minds, prominent neuroscientist Richie Davidson and his team try to see how far our minds can go and how many ways meditation can help us.
Veterans with post traumatic stress syndrome who participated in early studies told Seppala that the breathing exercises helped them feel calm for the first time they could remember.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Studies suggest that this practice modulates the stress response.