Samueli Institute to conduct workshop on
yoga in military and veteran populations
BY MICHAEL BLAHUT
“The current wars are returning thousands of war fighters with mental and
physical injuries, many with long-term
symptomatic and functional consequences,” said Matthew Fritts, M.P.H., Senior
Program Manager at Samueli Institute. A
nonprofit research organization supporting the scientific investigation of healing
processes and their role in medicine, the
Samueli Institute is conducting and organizing a special workshop on Yoga in
military and veteran populations at the
2011 Symposium on Yoga Therapy and
Research (SYTAR) and the Symposium on
Yoga Research (SYR). These cutting edge
workshops will review accomplishments
by Yoga therapists in military and veteran
populations, as well as explore what can
be done to further this necessary work.
“Injury and trauma exposure can induce
a constellation of symptoms that include
depression, anxiety, anger, pain, drug and
opioid desensitization with the potential
for abuse, as well as dysfunctions with
sleep, appetite, sex and energy,” said Matthew Fritts.
An Integrative Restoration technique developed by Richard Miller called “iRest,”
has been tested to demonstrate the efficacy
of Yoga as a treatment for Post Traumatic
Stress Disorder (PTSD). This meditative
technique is based on the philosophy and
practice of Yoga Nidra, and through research was found to decrease symptoms
of PTSD. The iRest technique, along with
other Yoga and mind-body practices, can
be effective tools in managing the symptoms of PTSD.
About the Samueli Institute
Samueli Institute is a nonprofit 501(c)( 3)
research organization supporting the scientific investigation of healing processes
and their role in medicine and health care.
Their mission is to transform health care
through the scientific exploration of healing. More information can be found at
About the conferences
SYTAR 2011 will take place September
1-4 at the Asilomar Conference Grounds
in Monterey, California and SYR 2011
will take place September 23-25 at the
Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in
Lenox, Massachusetts. The symposia are
presented by the International Association of Yoga Therapists.
Vistit: Sytar.org for more information.