Undergoing a traumatic event of any kind can leave permanent psychic scars, which may make it difficult to live a normal life afterward. Whether you are a combat veteran, a survivor of a natural disaster, a victim of a personal assault or otherwise, yoga meditation techniques may help reduce tension and ease mental disturbances.
Consider David Frankel, formerly a lawyer for the Florida State Attorney's Office. The 50-year-old retired from his practice after 22 years spent prosecuting sex crimes and homicides, according to the Orlando Sentinel. Now he operates a yoga studio.
What catalyzed such a radical career shift? Frankel told the newspaper that dealing with such violent, disturbing events year in, year out, ultimately left him shaken and exhausted.
"I felt I had reached the peak of what I was doing in law, but I didn't sleep well. It was swallowing me whole. I had to make a change," he admitted to the source.
In order to find a more wholesome outlet for his energy, Frankel founded a yoga program that caters to veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a condition that can affect anyone who has lived through or dealt with emotionally scarring events.
Nearly 7 percent of Americans will suffer from PTSD during their lifetimes, according to the National Institute of Mental Health.
Vietnam veteran Curtis Hodge, Jr. told the news organization that yoga has given him the pain management techniques to deal with his PTSD, as well as allowed him to sleep soundly for the first time in decades.
He added that the holistic mind-body regimen is also a good workout.
"I always thought that yoga had something to do with meditation, but I didn't know it was so strenuous. This is not a sissy thing, you know," he noted, quoted by the source.