Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can wreak havoc in one’s life and must be dealt with carefully. Today, people suffering from PTSD are recommended to rely not only on medication and therapy to set their life back on course, but also look at yoga as a potential de-stressing technique. Yoga is an ancient yet unique technique that works on both - body and mind, and is very effective in overcoming PTSD.
Here are a few simple yoga postures to get you de-stressed right away:
1. Kapal Bhati Pranayama (Skull Shining Breathing Technique)
The Skull shining breathing technique pranayama improves blood circulation, brings a glow to the face and energizes the nervous system. This pranayama is very good for people suffering from PTSD as it rejuvenates brain cells and uplifts the mind.
2. Tadasana (Mountain pose)
Eliminate stress and fatigue with the Mountain pose. This yoga posture helps keep the effects of PTSD at bay by relieving the body of stress.
3. Konasana (Standing sideways bending one-arm)
Like the Mountain pose, the Konasana also relieves the body of stress and is highly recommended for people suffering from PTSD.
4. Marjariasana (Cat pose)
A relatively simple yoga posture, the Cat pose improves blood circulation and very effectively relaxes the mind.
5. Setu Bandhasana (Bridge pose)
The Bridge pose calms the brain, reduces anxiety, stress and depression. For a person dealing with PTSD, the Bridge pose is one of the most simple and effective yoga postures.
6. Shavasana (Corpse pose)
The final resting pose, Corpse pose, helps repair tissues and cells while relieving the body of stress. This posture also reduces blood pressure, anxiety and is very helpful for people going through PTSD.
PTSD can be overcome by being regular with medication, therapy and yoga. Keeping a positive outlook also helps turn things around. Friends and family should be supportive and help the distressed person bounce back in life with renewed enthusiasm.
Yoga practice helps develop the body and mind bringing a lot of health benefits yet is not a substitute for medicine. It is important to learn and practice yoga postures under the supervision of a trained Sri Sri Yoga teacher. In case of any medical condition, practice yoga postures after consulting a doctor and a Sri Sri Yoga teacher. Find a Sri Sri Yoga course at an Art of Living Center near you. Do you need information on courses or share feedback? Write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org