Yoga Based Breathing Helps Veterans Fight PTSD


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – Scientists and researchers continue to search for ways to cure PTSD, or Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, which veterans commonly suffer.

PTSD typically is treated with medication, but not all veterans positively respond to medicine alone. Author and nurse Emma Seppälä studies the effects of yoga-based breathing as an addition to the medication. Some forms of yoga based breathing can be learned within a week and can have long lasting positive impacts. The combination of medication and yoga based breathing has scientifically proved to help treat the symptoms of PTSD.  Her book, “The Happiness Track” explains the new research and scientific data that explain the success.

“The symptoms that veterans incur are anxiety, anger, depression, insomnia, substance abuse and of course suicide,” said Kathy Lehmann, veteran and registered nurse. “This is where breathing helps anchor them and really helps to make a difference.”

Kathy has been a Registered Nurse for 40 years, working in psychiatric, research, and educational settings. She is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force Nurse Corps, served in Texas and Germany for 6 years, and was honorably discharged as a Captain soon after providing medical support in Europe for service members returning from Desert Storm. Kathy remained overseas to serve as a civilian with the U.S. Army.

Upon return to the U.S., she returned to the VA system where her career began. She continues to work in mental health where she has successfully incorporated integrative medicine interventions into her clinical practice. She has worked to introduce these evidence-based therapies in her publications and podium and poster presentations at national nursing conferences at a range of professional nursing organizations.

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Emma Seppälä, Ph.D., author of the book The Happiness Track: How to Apply the Science of Happiness to Accelerate Your Success., Science Director of Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education, leadership writer for Harvard Business Review, and leading expert on health psychology, well-being, and resilience. She is a sought-after speaker, most recently at TedX Sacramento, Google, Apple, Facebook, Ernst & Young, and the U.S. Congress. She has been featured in The New York Times, Huffington Post Live, Chicago Tribune, and many more national media outlets.

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