More than 2.3 million US veterans have returned from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It is estimated that 20 percent of these veterans suffer from some level of Post Traumatic Stress (PTS), and a published report by the Department of Veteran Affairs says that at least 22 US veterans take their own lives every single day.
While psychotherapy and prescription antidepressants have been the common treatment protocol for our veterans, a new approach is gaining momentum, yoga. A growing number of studies suggest that yoga practices may help alleviate many of the psychological, physiological, and behavioral symptoms of PTS and TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury).
Over the years we've tragically lost so many members of our military overseas, but what we are forgetting is that the fight continues when these heroes return home. Through a series of festivals combining live music, yoga and wellness expos the Duskin and Stephens Foundation unites the military and civilian communities together to remove the stigma of yoga and help our heroes heal, both from the wounds we can see and the wounds that we cannot.
Duskin and Stephens is currently partnering with Yoga for Men (link) to produce International Veterans Yoga Day (link) with Rolf Gates on Friday, May 27, 2016. All donations from this day will go towards the FreedOM Project which will send two Special Operations Veterans and/or spouses to yoga teacher training in Maya Tulum Mexico and Yoga for Men’s Veteran Health and Yoga Wellness Program at the University of Southern Floida.
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