LifeForce Yoga (LFY) is making a difference in the lives of veterans suffering from PTSD. In the new program, run by trauma therapist and LifeForce Yoga Trainer Randy Todd, LCSW, MSW LFYP-2, veterans diagnosed with PTSD have been provided the option of participating in a weekly, coed, 90-minute LifeForce Yoga group. Todd introduced the LFY protocol to the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System in Tucson in early 2015 and it was integrated into the PTSD treatment program, beginning in March 2015. The group consists of movements, breathing techniques, intention setting, affirmations, visualizations, and Yoga Nidra practice. Mats are optional.
Mental health staff have also been able to take advantage of LifeForce Yoga. Two, one-hour in-service trainings were offered in May and August. As an outgrowth of the first training, a weekly Yoga Nidra practice is now offered to professional staff every Wednesday over lunch to promote their own self-care.
It has been an exciting and rewarding experience, offering LifeForce Yoga to both our veterans and professional staff,” says Todd, “Their feedback about the experience has consistently been positive.”
Randy Todd, LCSW, MSW LFYP-2, will be on faculty for the LifeForce Yoga Practitioner Training, January 10 – 17, 2016. This training is open to health care providers (CEU’s), yoga teachers and yoga practitioners.