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Yoga Found to Improve Sleep, Depression, and Quality of Life in Veterans with PTSD


Approximately 6,000 Veterans per year are admitted to VA facilities with a stroke, and Veterans receive approximately 60,000 stroke related outpatient visits annually

US Department of Veterans Affairs

Yoga can Help Veterans with PTSD and Here’s How

Yoga has been found to be a beneficial practice for individuals of all walks of life, whether they are living with a chronic illness, coping with trauma or high-levels or stress and responsibility, or just looking to improve their physical and/or mental health. These benefits do not exclude veterans. In fact, studies have shown that yoga is greatly helpful for veterans who have been diagnosed with PTSD.

Improve depression, quality of life, and sleep for veterans

A recent study looked at the cognitive functioning, biological stress response, and symptoms of PTSD in veterans after the implementation of a yoga intervention. The results were significant, finding improvements in response inhibition, depression, quality of life, and sleep. They also saw an improvement in subjective neurocognitive complaints (difficulties or pain with physical or cognitive functioning).

The best part is that you don’t have to attend in-person classes to gain all these great benefits! A 2017 study by a Veterans Affairs Medical Center found that there was no difference in of positive results between veterans who attended in-person yoga classes to those who attended online yoga classes. Both groups reported an improvement with pain, energy level, depression, and/0r anxiety. 

Ready for the benefits but not sure where to start? Our online chair yoga classes are open to individuals of all mobility and skill levels. Every class is taught by a certified yoga instructor with extensive training in mental health and include trauma-informed practices. 


Sources: CDC Stroke Fact Sheet; National Library for Medicine; BMC Complimentary and Alternative Medicine


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