Amid Combat, A Yoga Study is Carried Out

“Teaching yoga in Kirkuk was a real eye-opener. I had a very clear ‘ah-ha’ moment a few days into the protocol. At the end of class, these keyed-up, sleep-deprived, EOD (Explosive Ordinance Disposal) guys were breathing deeply and some were asleep, and I could hear machine gun fire.” -Air Force Major Jon H. Greuel, MHR, RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher).

The Kirkuk Combat Stress Study was a clinical trial conducted using the protocols designed by the organization YogaWarriors with active duty military in Kirkuk.  The study was published by the Journal for the American Occupational Therapy Association. This is the protocol that I use in guiding vets for it works.  The study is the first yoga related research ever conducted in a deployed environment. Please click on the link to read the study.

Barry Schweiger, a Vietnam veteran (Navy) who is now a yoga teacher and trauma-sensitive yoga teacher trainer through the organization YogaWarriors. His upcoming workshop in Los Angeles can be found here.


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About Kanani Fong

Founder, WarRetreat.Org, devoted to helping with the aftermath of war through movement, breathe, and yoga. Army wife, long time mental health advocate, writer, specializing in military and veteran outreach for film and books. Projects include Restrepo, and High Ground.

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