What can yoga do for PTSD?

By Jillian Marshall

What can yoga do for PTSD?

May 31, 2013 Updated May 31, 2013 at 7:37 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) There are millions of veterans whose service leaves them with scars invisible to the naked eye.

And more and more are turning to yoga to help them through it.

"It's something that remains with you forever," said Vietnam War veteran Dario Schiappa. "Post-traumatic Stress Disorder is not like catching a cold and in a few weeks you'll be OK.

Schiappa says he's been dealing with PTSD for more than three decades.

"The things that we see, the things that we actually participate in doing are beyond typically what human beings are prepared or ever wish to do," Schiappa said,

Like a growing number of veterans, Schiappa has turned to yoga to help control his PTSD.

It connects the person with their body and mind, the Johnson City resident said.

It's a physical workout and helps veterans and soldiers dealing with PTSD learn to control their anxiety through breathing and focus.

"It helps them get out of their mind and back into their bodies and connect to their bodies," yoga instructor Joanna Patchett said.

"Yoga can help the person feel more present and peaceful, as opposed to anxious, or depressed or withdrawn," Binghamton Vet Center Psychologist Dr. Allison Miller said.

Patchett says certain moves -- like a forward bend -- can help relax people out of an anxious state. A back bend or standing pose can lift a depressed mood.

"It's been life changing for me," Schiappa said.

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To see what the Binghamton Vet Center can do for you, visit their website.