Studies have shown yoga helps Soldiers cope with stress and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Other yoga health benefits
- Improves fitness, strength, and flexibility
- Reduces lower-back pain
- Lowers heart rate and blood pressure
- Relieves anxiety, depression, and insomnia
Still not convinced? Try yoga three times a week for a month; take note of how your body feels and responds to stress. Try yoga at home—buy a yoga mat for $10 at a drug store and order a yoga DVD online—or search online for a nearby gym that offers yoga or a yoga studio. Some yoga studios offer free yoga for vets, search for your city on Yoga for Vets or ask a local yoga studio to consider participating.
Many studios and DVDs offer beginner-level classes. After you get a feel for it (between eight to 10 beginner classes), you can explore other types of yoga—Vinyasa flow for a faster pace, Iyengar yoga for a focus on body alignment, or hot yoga for body detoxing (may involve temperatures up to 105F).