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Research and Yoga Teacher Training Can Help War Vets Recover

Feb 24, 2012 12:56PM


A study published in the January/February 2012 issue of The American Journal of Occupational Therapy shows Hatha yoga is effective in treating symptoms of combat-related stress and PTSD in deployed military personnel, where other traditional mental health care methods like talk therapies may be insufficient.
A panel of experts, including experienced yoga teacher Lucy Cimini, Founder of Yoga Warriors International, Inc., and representatives from the U.S. Air Force, Tufts University and Worcester State University conducted the study, “Effects of Sensory-Enhanced Yoga on Symptoms of Combat Stress in Deployed Military Personnel,” on troops deployed in Iraq. Cimini and Marsha Therese Danzig, a below knee amputee and registered yoga teacher, will conduct a special yoga teacher training in Orlando on April 20 through 22 for anyone interested in offering yoga to amputees and wounded war veterans. Yoga teachers, fitness professionals, physical therapists and mental health counselors are encouraged to attend. The three-day training will be held at Yoga East, 3734 Avalon Park Blvd. in Orlando. Registered Yoga Teachers can receive 16 Yoga Alliance CECs.
For more information on the training, contact Yoga East at [email protected], 407- 730-3257, or To read more about the research, visit
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