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Photo via www.yogajoes.com

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According to Wikipedia, "Ooh Rah is a battle cry common in the United States Marine Corps since the mid-20th century. It is comparable to hooah in the US Army and hooyah in the US Navy and US Coast Guard. It is most commonly used to respond to a verbal greeting or as an expression of enthusiasm." 

Two days after we celebrated our nation's vets, I'm writing a post about the use of yoga for helping those who have served. I chose not to post on the day itself, because our vets deserve to have our understanding and appreciation for more than just one day of the year. 

Whether you agree with the use of the military or not, our vets live with the effects of their service every day, many suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), which has had a great deal of research and attention in recent times with the use of yoga to treat it. According to a peer-reviewed article on trauma sensitive yoga: 

An essential aspect of recovering from trauma is learning
ways to calm down, or self-regulate. For thousands of
years, Yoga has been offered as a practice that helps one
calm the mind and body. More recently, research has shown
that yoga practices, including meditation, relaxation, and
physical postures, can reduce autonomic sympathetic activation,
muscle tension, and blood pressure, improve
neuroendocrine and hormonal activity, decrease physical
symptoms and emotional distress, and increase quality of
life. For these reasons, Yoga is a promising treatment or
adjunctive therapy for addressing the cognitive, emotional,
and physiological symptoms associated with trauma, and
PTSD specifically.
— David Emerson, E-RYT, Ritu Sharma, PhD, Serena Chaudhry, Jenn Turner Trauma Center at Justice Resource Center, Brookline, MA
My handsome dad

My handsome dad

Organizations such as the  Veterans Yoga Project provide resources for vets, yoga instructors and community members on the use of yoga to serve our vets. There are also many articles that have been published on the subject. On a personal note, I have taught yoga for organizations who serve those affected by trauma and found it to be very effective in helping the participants to gain the skills needed to help stay calm and self regulate; as well as to be able to take those skills and use them outside of class, which is of course the ultimate goal. Those affected by depression or PTSD should of course seek the assistance and guidance of professionals, and may find the practice of yoga to be beneficial as a part of a holistic wellness plan.

My Granddaddy

My Granddaddy

A huge shoutout to all of our servicemembers for all you do, please know that we appreciate you. Namaste.

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