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Remember the Lotus

Whenever you should doubt your self-worth, remember the lotus flower.  Even though it plunges to life from beneath the mud, it does not allow the dirt that surrounds it to affect its growth or beauty.  Suzy Kassem. The lotus flower is considered a sacred symbol.  The Lotus symbolizes purity, beauty, majesty, grace, fertility, knowledge and serenity.  The lotus will fluorish in murky waters, pushing through mud and mire.  The petals break through and reach toward the sun, while the leaves stay afloat as they shine in the light.

Symbolically, lotus petals can be found in the chakra symbols.  Each chakra has a specific number of petals, representing ascending vibrational frequencies.  The state of enlightenment is represented by the thousand-petal lotus.

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Yoga for PTSD

Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths.  Etty Hillesum.

The practice of Yoga has been around for literally thousands of years.  Poses are designed to increase strength and flexibility.  Focused breathing through the poses brings relaxation, and increases the flow of life-force energy (chi) through the body.  Yoga unites mind, body and spirit.

I tried yoga . . . really, I did.  But it did not work for me because I have issues with my spine that would not allow me to continue my Beginning Yoga classes (couldn't walk for a few weeks).  The exposure I received in the classes I did attend demonstrated how the practice of yoga can indeed relieve stress though.  I walked out of the first class feeling internally energized, yet my whole body was tension-free.  Areas where I held stress (neck and shoulders) were completely relaxed.  My mind was quiet and I felt at peace.

Yoga has been extensively researched as a viable form of therapy for individuals who suffer from Post-traumatic Stress Disorder.  In fact, the U.S. Department of Defense has funded studies on the effectiveness of yoga in relieving PTSD symptoms.  The preliminary results of one study conducted by a Harvard professor revealed that veterans with PTSD " . . . showed improvement in their symptoms after ten weeks of yoga classes, including meditation and breathing, done twice a week, and fifteen minutes of daily practice at home." (1)

Often Veterans return home from wartime with physical injuries or disabilities which prevent them from participating in exercise programs.  There are options available for individuals with disabilities through Physical Therapy programs.  Check with your physician before beginning any exercise program, and for recommendations of physical therapy.

Never give up!


Links of Interest:
Reference:
(1)  Zimmerman, Rachel.  "Harvard, Brigham Study:  Yoga Eases Veterans PTSD Symptoms."  WBUR's Common Health Reform and Reality.  Trustees of Boston University, 10 Dec 2010.  Web.  14 June 2014.

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