I just came across this article on the Yoga Australia blog. https://www.yogaaustralia.org.au/yoga-helps-war-veterans-with-post-traumatic-stress-disorder/
The book I'm publishing is based on more than a decade of teaching yoga to war veterans and seeing the results - lives transformed from despair to happiness, lives saved, families and relationships restoried. To help further this work I'm crowdfunding to publish Hope: How Yoga Heals the Scars of Trauma. Your donation will help.
“It’s hard to find someone who really ‘gets you’ when you have PTSD. It’s often an emotional rollercoaster ride and yet, there is a pathway to recovery which is beautifully and simply articulated in Hope: How Yoga Heals the Scars of Trauma. Ahimsa ‘gets you’ – and then she leads you gently and confidently into reclaiming your life and your peace of mind.
If you want to begin or continue this journey towards healing and wholeness you might like to join Ahimsa on our Healing Your Life: Moving Beyond Trauma retreat in April at the Quest for Life Centre in Bundanoon.”
Founder and CEO
Quest for Life Foundation
Petrea King is well known for her remarkable work with people suffering from cancer, chronic pain, terminal illness and the many other challenges and crises that life brings. Petrea has written the foreword to Hope: How Yoga Heals the Scars of Trauma and has invited Ahimsa to facilitate retreats for people with PTSD at her Quest for Life Centre.
If you are interested, go to http://www.questforlife.com.au/moving-beyond-trauma
Here's an article that was recently published in the local press (Hobart, Australia) about my work with the war veterans.
In Colombia yoga is being used to rehabilitate ex-guerillas and militants and to heal victims after more than 50 years of civil war. Yoga is a powerful tool for peacebuilding.
"One is like leather that gets hardened with the years. There may be tough stuff, but it can be overcome. I am overcoming everything with my family, doing yoga. It is like a soft balm to our souls." Ex-guerilla, Colombia
Your contribution will take me closer to publishing Hope: How Yoga Heals the Scars of Trauma in Colombia.
Seeing is believing, here it is, the beautiful book cover! Your generous donations have helped me get this far. Now I need to raise the printing costs so please keep giving and together we'll build this book and be part of the solution to deep suffering and suicide prevention. Thank you!
"Once they'd started regular yoga there was a huge decrease in the veterans' need for counselling, hopitalisation and medications." Clinical psychologist, Australia
Help create Hope crowdfund is only one week old and has already been given $8,188! People around the world are recognising the need to promote yoga as a treatment option for posttraumatic stress disorder and save lives. More money is needed to publish this important book on how yoga heals the scars of trauma. Help us reach $9,000, then $10,000 and all the way to $30,000. We need your support to make it happen. It's easy to donate.
If you have PTSD or work in mental health join me on one of these retreats offering a holistic approach to trauma recovery. Retreats are a time for sharing, learning, relaxing and reviving.
Yoga for Trauma Recovery
When 19th - 21st February
Where Rocklyn Yoga Ashram near Daylesford, Victoria.
Cost only $295 for the full weekend, all-inclusive.
All the details are at www.yogavic.org.au/calendar/february
Rocklyn is a beautiful yoga retreat venue where you'll experience yogic lifestyle with a purpose. I'll be teaching theory and practical. You'll go home with tools to manage reactions and develop skills are mind management, emotion regulation and relaxation.
Rocklyn Yoga Ashram has kindly donated retreats as rewards for large donations to the crowdfunding of Hope: How Yoga Heals the Scars of Trauma.
Healing Your Life: Moving Beyond Trauma
When 18th - 22 April and 31st October - 4th November
Where Quest for Life Centre, Bundanoon, NSW
Cost All enquiries to Quest for Life. Subsidies are available.
Quest for Life was founded by Petrea King. This is the first time Quest has offered retreats specifically on trauma recovery. These five-day programs are a valuable opportunity to really take time out to be learn new life skills and take home practical tools for managing life.
People everywhere are showing that they believe in this work and want the book published - we've raised $7,410 since Monday. Hip hip hooray!
Let's go for $8,000 by the weekend - that means I can celebrate by paying the editor, the designer AND the humble proofreader.
We need another A$290 - that's only US$201, the Aussie$ is weak right now - you can donate from anywhere in the world by PayPal or credit card.
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I met Dr Vicki Kotsirilos recently when I showed Heroes of Peace in Victoria. She is editor and chair of the Integrative Medicine Working Group of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. Her encouragement has meant a lot to me. Here's what she says:
"I was inspired and touched to witness the health benefits of yoga for Australian war veterans suffering post‐traumatic stress disorder in Ahimsa's film Heroes of Peace. There is a growing body of research that demonstrates the benefits of yoga for improving moods. People who have experienced trauma in their lives may find yoga helpful to lift their moods and spirits, and improve their ability to cope. "
Associate Professor (Dr) Vicki Kotsirilos, Medical Practitioner, Victoria
"Even now I've got to pinch myself sometimes when I wake up in the morning and realise how good I actually feel compared to how I was back then. I've gone from living in hell mind-wise, to becoming a yoga practitioner, a yoga teacher, and a yoga swami. I'm a very lucky man."
Vietnam veteran Terry Buchanan's story is told in Hope: How Yoga Heals the Scars of Trauma. Terry has been one of my greatest supporters in developing and promoting yoga as a solution to the living hell of PTSD.
He features in Heroes of Peace, the award winning film about how a group of war veterans have used yoga to recover from PTSD. Watch it to discover how his story unfolds.
Help others recover by helping me to publish and promote Hope: How Yoga Heals the Scars of Trauma.