YogaFit for Warriors: 5 Tips for Soldiers and Civilians to Wage War on Stressby Beth Shaw | 16/01/2014
YogaFit, the world’s largest yoga school and leading innovator in the fitness industry,
is known for creating exciting and revolutionary programs. The YogaFit for Warriors
program was createdin 2013 to prepare yoga teachers to bring safe, trauma sensitive yoga to heal a warrior’s body, mind, and spirit. YogaFit for Warriors includes
five two- day trainings that will equip yogateachers to serve wounded warriors,
emergency responders, as well as all who may suffer from PTSD, stress, anxiety
and other mental/physical issues to include family members andother loved ones
who have been impacted. The YogaFit for Warriors program is offered at a discount
to military spouses, and is approved under the GI Bill.
YogaFit for Warriors focuses on healing trauma from the standpoint of the central
nervous system. It’s a low- impact therapy which is perfect from those suffering from
trauma, or anxietyrelated disorders.
Here are some tips to deal with stress from the YogaFit for Warriors program that
soldiers and civilians alike can benefit from.
1. Breat he – Take a deep breath from your diaphragm by placing your hands around
your lower ribcage and breath in deeply while holding your waist, as if you have gills.
Thisparticular breathing practice will calm you down and put you in touch with your body.
2. Slow Down! – Occasionally slow down in your movements when you work out. This engages the limbic
or emotional brain centers and helps to re- pattern the neural pathways.(Walking or yoga are great for this re- patterning and are great stress relievers.)
3. Imagery – Create a thought, image or word that creates a positive FEELING state in your body.
Use that as an anchor and think of it often, like when doing mundane tasks. Thiscreates
a buffer of positive emotions when life gets chaotic.
4. Uncoupling – Separate the physical reaction from the emotional reaction when you experience stressful
situations or triggers. You can do this through mindful awareness of what ishappening in the
body through breathing. This will help build toward lessened reactions to stress- triggers.
5. SMILE – …whether you feel like it or not. The muscles in the face are tied to our most advanced
neurological systems, and interestingly enough are directly tied to the muscles in the heart and lungs. Though smiling may not seem like much, it can instantly change your mood.
For more information, or to register for the YogaFit Warriors Program, please visit YogaFit.com
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