Yoga Warriors International is the first and largest program in the nation for healing combat veterans through yoga. Unlike other yoga disciplines and treatment modalities, Yoga Warriors was designed specifically to help veterans suffering from PTS and developed from years of feedback from veterans diagnosed with PTS. Currently Yoga Warriors methodology is helping active duty military, veterans, first responders and their families, and many others who have experienced PTS or high stress. Yoga Warriors classes integrate concepts of traditional hatha yoga with modern knowledge of the mind/body connection.
Yoga Warriors is a research and teacher training program with a twofold mission. First, Yoga Warriors provides evidence based hatha yoga to prevent or alleviate symptoms of combat stress (COSR) or Post Traumatic Stress(PTS). Second, Yoga Warriors is committed to the comprehensive training of yoga instructors equipped to teach this methodology to veterans, military, first responders and others who have experience PTS or high stress. There are over 350 Yoga Warriors trained teachers around the world.
The Yoga Warriors program in Kirkuk, Iraq became part of a published research study, published in the January 2012 issue of the American Journal of Occupational Therapy: http://ajot.aotapress.net/content/66/1/59.full. The major results of the study show that the Yoga Warriors program was effective in reducing state and trait anxiety and that the participants showed significantly greater improvement in mental health and quality-of-life factors.
200 and 500 hour Yoga Teachers undergo a 16-hour training course taught by Dharma Richards, Director, Lucy Cimini, Founder of Yoga Warriors International or by certified Yoga Warriors trainers, certifying them to create their own Yoga Warriors programs.
Class are taught to active duty military, veterans, first responders and their families, and others who have experienced PTSD or high stress. Classes are held throughout the United States, Canada, and to deployed military.
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"I have less stress, more flexibility and feel better being with my peers. My anger and temper is so much more in control."
P. Garry (Vietnam)