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Yoga Bodies: Rejecting Society's Idealized Images

V.K. Harber | Posted 04.10.2015 | Women
V.K. Harber

The more I taught and practiced, the more I realized that society's perception of the average yogi is not at all accurate. There are thousands of dedicated practitioners with bum knees and c-section scars and flabby arms and imperfect skin.

After American Sniper: Reimaging Returning Home

Zachary Moon | Posted 03.25.2015 | Religion
Zachary Moon

When we see people as heroes, we don't leave enough space for them to struggle as all people do at times in their lives. When we see people as head-cases, we don't leave enough space for them to demonstrate their strengths, courage, and creativity.

Why Are We Denying Purple Hearts to Veterans With PTSD?

Gene Beresin | Posted 03.03.2015 | Politics
Gene Beresin

With our increased knowledge of trauma and its impact on our veterans' brains, minds and emotions, how can we sit on the sidelines and not at least honor their sacrifice?

Veterans Express Their True Selves Beyond The Uniform In Stunning Photo Series

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 03.10.2015 | Impact

A new photo series is casting clichés aside by portraying veterans as nothing but their truest selves. "The Veteran Vision Project," created by ph...

Sunset ~ Sunrise

Janine Francolini | Posted 02.25.2015 | Media
Janine Francolini

I was very contemplative on my recent flight home from Colorado, traveling back from a week with my Mom as we try to manage some challenges that often go along with a vibrant life that is in it's eighth decade.

How Mindfulness Could Transform Pre-Deployment For Active-Duty Soldiers

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 02.18.2015 | Science

Mindfulness has become recognized as a promising mental health intervention for soldiers returning home from war. But it may also be a vital tool for ...

Ordinary People, Extraordinary Power -- The Energy of a United Community

Krishna Pendyala | Posted 04.15.2015 | Good News
Krishna Pendyala

It feels so much like déjà vu as I reminisce the devotion of a group of everyday people from Wichita, KS. Approximately 28 years ago, a similar gr...

Obama Administration Delays Deadline To End Chronic Homelessness Because Of Budget Constraints

Associated Press | Posted 02.04.2015 | Impact

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration said Monday it has pushed back by one year its goal for ending chronic homelessness among the general publ...

Tragedy or Pittance?

Jonathan Freeman | Posted 02.14.2015 | Politics
Jonathan Freeman

There is currently legislation in the Senate, known as the Clay Hunt SAV Act named for a Veteran lost to suicide. The cost is minimal, a drop in the bucket compared to the $1.1 trillion spending bill recently passed. But it's currently being held up by one man.

Calm Body, Kind Mind: Serving Veterans Through Yoga

Rob Schware | Posted 01.11.2015 | Impact
Rob Schware

Simple moments hit me the hardest: a couple of weeks ago a vet told me that he noticed it's easier for him to tie his shoes. It's something most people take for granted, but it makes his day just a little bit easier. That's huge.

This Retired Army Vet Living With PTSD Is Helping Prevent Military Suicides

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 01.26.2015 | Impact

James Van Thach understands why the violence of war can leave lasting effects. The retired U.S. Army captain survived an improvised explosive devi...

Beyond Iraq And Afghanistan: Fighting The Stereotype War

Adam Hanft | Posted 01.11.2015 | Politics
Adam Hanft

Indeed, the media knows that the story of vets-gone-bad is irresistible to the public - and irresistibility in media terms means profit. But every story about one vet makes it harder for a thousand others to get hired.

Breathing Meditation Is a Powerful Ally for Veterans With PTSD

Rose Caiola | Posted 01.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Rose Caiola

As we celebrate Veterans Day, let's support more research and programs like these that help our veterans.

Some Veterans Need Help -- That's Our Job

David Wood | Posted 01.11.2015 | Politics
David Wood

It's been five years since Jacob Sexton, a soldier with the Indiana National Guard, came home with nightmares after two combat deployments, and on a Monday evening in a movie theater with family and friends, killed himself with a pistol shot. He was 21-years-old. The story is horrifying, and sadly familiar. On this day, we pause to honor the 21.9 million living Americans who have served in uniform. We might also remember the estimated 8,000 veterans and 475 active duty, reserve and National Guard men and women who took their own lives last year in the ongoing tragedy of military and veteran suicide. Jacob's death, like the others, could have been prevented.

What Veterans Remember

Mark E. Prior | Posted 01.10.2015 | Impact
Mark E. Prior

On a day marked to honor our veterans and to commemorate the sacrifices made by these great men and women, we need to take a moment to give voice to those who still live in the shadows of war.

PTSD: A Marine Corps Veteran's Battle and Victory

Thai Nguyen | Posted 01.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Thai Nguyen

While "war life" and "civilian life" could not be farther apart on the spectrum, our internal emotional and psychological compasses are the same. Realizing that, allowed Akshay to open up the door for compassion and empathy.

Former Soldier Turned Zen Monk Teaches Vets to Use Mindfulness as Body Armor

Daisy J Lin | Posted 01.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Daisy J Lin

You have to change. If you don't change, you're going to die. That is the chilling realization that prompted Gulf War Veteran Michael Nguyen to turn to mindfulness practice to save his life when PTSD was running it into the ground.

Study: Americans View Vets As Unstable Big, Strong Heroes

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 11.09.2014 | Impact

Americans are pretty confused about their feelings on veterans who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Many view these vets as at once mentally u...

In Support of the Arts as Conduit for Extreme Expression and Catharsis

Kimann Schultz | Posted 12.29.2014 | Arts
Kimann Schultz

By providing arts-based avenues and outlets for extreme expression and rejecting the blanket, agenda-driven censorship of demagogues, we will provide alternate means by which to externalize the darkest inner storms of emotion and pain.

The Power of Digital Video to Help Our Veterans Heal: Project Greenlight's "The Present Trauma"

Ben Patton | Posted 12.23.2014 | Impact
Ben Patton

I recently saw "The Present Trauma," an intense short film that depicts the struggles of a young combat veteran coping with the loss of a battle buddy...

Footprints in the Sand

David Wood | Posted 12.23.2014 | Politics
David Wood

The VA's shortage of therapists and difficulty reaching rural veterans means even those diagnosed may not get all the help they need. But even those who were diagnosed and treated find that at some point, therapy has done all it can do. More sessions won't necessarily help. From that point on, veterans say, their lives become a matter of coping.

The Clever Way This Man Is Getting Bros Into Yoga

The Huffington Post | Landess Kearns | Posted 11.04.2014 | Healthy Living

Walk into any yoga studio and chances are the majority of students will be female. But it doesn't have to be this way! After all, the numerous benefit...

The National Center for PTSD Celebrates 25 Years of Leadership in Research and Education

Paula Schnurr | Posted 11.18.2014 | Impact
Paula Schnurr

We are probably only at the beginning stages of figuring out how to use technology and social media to help individuals with PTSD. The stage of basic and clinical science is further developed, but even in those areas, there is much more to learn.

Changing Our Response to Behavioral Health

American Anthropological Association | Posted 10.19.2014 | Impact
American Anthropological Association

Robin Williams's death has saddened and shocked many of us, and as the many displays of mourning through social media indicate, Williams's death has deeply touched so many and brought to the fore much needed conversations about mental illness.

Trauma of War, Illusion of Growth

Wray Herbert | Posted 10.14.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

Is self-perceived growth really adaptive and beneficial? Or is self-perceived growth in fact illusory and self-deceptive, an avoidance strategy that in the end impedes recovery and makes PTSD worse?