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.
Well that pays the editor and designer, the next $7000 go to the proofreader and printer. (Author always comes last, it's a law of the universe.) BTW, the cover design is coming soon.
It's only day two and thanks to your generosity we've past the $6,000 mark! People keep saying to me that sharing is caring, so please share this and show that you care. Helping others heal helps heal society.
I'm being interviewed on Afternoons with Ryk Goddard, ABC Local Radio, listen in nationally or go to the live stream https://radio.abc.net.au/stations/local_sydney/live?play=true
This afternoon I was interviewed about yoga for trauma recovery on national ABC radio - it's available for 7 days - go to 1:45:40 on the timer to listen. https://radio.abc.net.au/programitem/peylQMW07D?play=true The interviewer is Ryk Goddard.
"Yoga has changed my life. It has brought me back from the brink."
Australian war veteran
Monday morning is yoga time at Mates4Mates, Hobart. War
veterans and their partners practise yoga postures,
breathing, relaxation and meditation.
Find out more about how yoga at Mates4Mates helps
war veterans. Watch this report from 7.30, the ABC's nightly
current affairs program.
" Yoga came along at the right time and saved my life, without any doubt." Australian war veteran
Every week I teach yoga to war veterans who have served in conflicts around the world. Some of the Vietnam veterans have suffered with posttraumatic stress disorder for decades before trying yoga. Suddenly they learn how to relax, how to breathe, how to put aside intrusive and disturbing thoughts, how to stretch tensions out of their tired bodies. When they practise regularly the symptoms of PTSD just start to disappear. No more insomnia, nightmares, flashbacks, panic attacks, physical pain, headaches... the list goes on. They gradually get better and smiles replace worried frowns.
It's a sad fact that more Australian veterans of the Middle East conflicts have killed themselves since returning home than were killed in action. Coming home should be a return to peace but when the inner battles rage on, suicide can seem the only way out of a living hell.
Yoga prevents suicide. Publishing this book will save lives.