Yoga & PTSD

“Any fool can be fussy and rid himself of energy all over the place, but he has to have something in him before he can settle down to do nothing.” ~J.B. Priestley
I initially started doing yoga 14 years ago when I was diagnosed with a fatty liver. Wendy found a daily series for me to practice, and 18 months later, my liver panel levels were all back into normal range.  From there I found a passion for yoga during significant business travel.  I could do yoga in my hotel room after many hours of sitting on planes, trains, and uncomfortable conference room chairs. This helped me sleep and feel better without waking up groggy the next morning from the side effect of medications.  Now I practice regularly to manage stress, my aging body, and my PTSD.
In my younger days I served as a combat medic in the US Army, and afterwards worked on an ambulance as a paramedic.  When we received the call to go out it was during the most tragic times of someone’s life.  From these activities, I do have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.  An unexpected side effect of regular practice of restorative yoga and meditation is that that the frequency of my PTSD being triggered has greatly reduced.  When it does trigger, I can more easily manage the aftermath using the tools I have learned through my practice.

My true joy of being a yoga studio owner and teacher, is having the opportunity to meet a bunch of really cool people.  The students and teachers that form our yoga community at Om Prana Yoga genuinely support us and each other.  If not for yoga, I would not have had the opportunity to meet some very good and interesting friends.  The welcome they give to those new to the studio is wonderful, and they also heckle Wendy and I when we are teaching….all in good fun!

Namaste~ Robb
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