Healing the invisible wounds of war with yoga


An excerpt from this morning, May 26, on CBS News:

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War Veteran: Chris Eder

“Air Force veteran Chris Eder’s two tours of duty in Iraq included some near-death experiences. When he came home, he was diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), reports CBS News correspondent Chip Reid. “(To) those who know me, I am a happy, happy guy,” Eder said. “I am happy right now. There is a good chance in three minutes from now sh** is going to hit the fan and everything changes,” Eder said. PTSD afflicts about 20 percent of U.S. forces who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Symptoms include severe anxiety, depression and a constant sense of danger . . . “I do not know where I would be without my yoga and my meditation practice,” he said. He said he’d probably be a statistic; one of the estimated 22 U.S. veterans who take their own lives every day.

One challenge, he says, is that many vets — especially men — see yoga as something that doesn’t fit the warrior mold. But when a vet with PTSD gives it a try, Eder said, he’s usually hooked.”

For the full story on yoga & PTSD follow this link: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/military-veterans-increasingly-treat-ptsd-with-yoga-meditation/

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