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POSTED: Wednesday, May 23, 2012 - 5:29pm

UPDATED: Thursday, May 24, 2012 - 10:22am

Military posts are now implementing yoga and meditation programs to treat psychologically wounded soldiers returning from combat. This potential solution has made it to Central El Paso at the Root Yoga Studio and University Behavioral Health of El Paso , where special programs identify with the causes of Post Traumatic Stress disorder.

"I think its exposure to's very intense on the psyche, on the body, it creates a lot of tension; that's what it is, war," said yoga instructor Robert Leal.

Leal's yoga programs teach sufferers of PTSD, or post-traumatic stress disorder, and any other anxiety disorder to be at ease. He says it starts with concentrating on your breathing while thinking of nothing else.

"If you keep the breath connected with a yoga class, meditation you really allow your body to become still and balanced," said Leal. 

According to Leal, being still and balanced through meditation and yoga allows individuals to regain control of thoughts that sometimes victimize a persons thinking.

"A lot of times, when we begin to get caught up in our thoughts, a downward spiral.. you just constantly get caught up with these false ideas of yourself," he said. 

Military research shows it's this false negative thinking that may be to the peak in suicides. The good news is, studies show that meditation and yoga practices not only help soldiers regain their control of negative thinking and past trauma from combat, it improves their quality of life, provides increased feelings of calmness, and reduced anger.  

For more information about yoga and meditation classes: 

The Root Yoga Studio - 501 Texas Ave.
Yoga schedule
Monday - Friday: 12:00pm -1:00pm Vinyasa Yoga

Monday - Friday: 6:00pm - 7:30pm Vinyasa Yoga

Tues & Thur 7:30pm Ashtanga Yoga

Sat: 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Sun: 10:00 am - 11:30 am  

University Behavioral Health: Freedom Care for Military
1900 Denver Avenue
El Paso, TX 79902

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