From the Veterans Administration to nonprofit organizations and community based support groups, programs are being developed for both the Veterans of Vietnam, the Gulf War and for the men and women returning from active duty in Iraq and Afghanistan to help them to deal with combat related stress issues such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury. Many of these programs are incorporating yoga training into their curriculum. As a result, veterans all over the United States are discovering yoga and the benefits of the practice.
YOGAaccessories is a proud partner and supporter of one of these programs being offered by Suzanne Manafort at her yoga studio, Newington Yoga Center in Newington, Connecticut. The course began as a once a week class several years ago and turned into the inspiration for a training program for Yoga Teachers, and a model for similar programs in VA Hospitals all over the country. Her program has incorporated a variety of yoga practices, including Asana, Pranayama, Meditation and Yoga Nidra. Feedback from Veterans in this and similar programs has been overwhelmingly favorable and research is confirming the benefits.
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