Mental health conditions in Veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan have become an important public health problem. Up to 37% of the over two million service members who have deployed to these wars are struggling with serious mental health problems including PTSD, major depression, and TBI. Yoga has been increasingly accepted as an effective complementary therapy for mental health issues including PTSD. Our Give the Gift of Yoga to Vets project is an incredible opportunity to help them.
Many returning service members experiencing symptoms of combat stress such as nightmares, chronic physical pain, hyper-vigilance, sleeplessness, difficulty in controlling anger, and problems in personal relationships say they feel somehow disconnected from themselves, from their loved ones and from life as whole. In working with traumas of the mind, as well as severe traumas in the body, our meditation CDs increase coping skills and help navigate recover.
We Believe We Can Help! These men and women who have risked their lives to serve their country need our help. We at the Give Back Yoga Foundation have spent the past few years researching and working in the field of yoga for Veterans. We have developed a rich set of multi-media resources we intend to make freely available to Veterans (including a book, 3 yoga meditation CDs, and a VetsYoga DVD).Yoga Nidra is now recognized as a Tier I Integrative Medicine Modality for working with chronic pain.
If you practice yoga and can develop a body that is strong and feels comfortable, this can contribute substantially to help you to come into the here and now rather than staying stuck in the past. People with PTSD lose their way in the world. Their bodies continue to live in an internal environment of the trauma. We all are biologically and neurologically programmed to deal with emergencies, but time stops in people who suffer from PTSD.
"The 'Give the Gift of Yoga to Vets' (campaign) is an incredible opportunity to help a demographic that suffers from combat-related stress." - U.S. Navy Lt. Taeko McFadden, Lieutenant
Total Funding Received to Date: $970
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $49,030
Total Funding Goal: $50,000
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).