PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)

Q: Dear Ana and Ravi,

I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for what you've done for me. I bought your Yoga for Beginners and Beyond DVD three weeks ago, and even though I've only used it for a short time, I can already say emphatically that it does wonders for the symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. You can't possibly know what this means to me--there really just aren't words to communicate how deep of a blessing this is.

There's a huge physical component involved in the symptoms of PTSD. When your body can launch itself into the unmitigated, wrenching intensity of the fight-or-flight panic response at the drop of a hat, it's almost impossible to prevent your mind from being dragged along with it. And those are pretty much the basic ingredients of the
vicious, hellish agony that's called being triggered.

I've been triggered left and right in the past year of my life, which has forced me to constantly search for ways to control my PTSD and keep the trauma-demons from ripping me to pieces. One thing I've learned is that keeping my heart rate down and my body in a state of physical calm makes an INCREDIBLE difference, and can quite often protect me from a
trigger event that might have otherwise ruined and tortured me for weeks or even months.

Your DVD is a freaking life saver! I'd never done yoga before I bought it, and, dear god, how I wish I'd started sooner! The calming and mood-improving effects are immediate and profound--not to mention the awesome mental clarity I experience after I'm finished. By the time I'm done running through the DVD, my anxiety is gone, my body is incredibly
relaxed (sometimes I almost fall asleep during the editation exercises near the end), and my maddening sense of impending doom has evaporated.

I know you didn't personally invent the wonders of yoga or anything, but your DVD made something that was previously intimidating to me into something marvelously accessible. Each day, you make my mind stop feeling like a cage, or some awful enemy intent upon my destruction. There aren't words powerful enough to convey what that means to me.

After just three weeks, I can tell that yoga is something I'm going to stick with for life. I bought your DVD because of its great reviews on Amazon, and because of the phenomenally good reviews people give to all of your DVDs. I love it so much that I've already ordered myself another one, and I'm sure it won't be my last. I wish I could hug the heck out of both of you

I visualize my relationship with PTSD in a lot of different ways. Sometimes it makes me feel like a victim of a drive-by shooting. In the middle of a perfectly happy, beautiful day, out of nowhere it can riddle me full of bullets. Your DVD makes me feel like I can don calm like Kevlar. Thank you, thank you, thank you so much!"

A: Thanks for writing. We very, very happy to hear of your succes with Yoga for Beginners & Beyond in treating PTSD. One of the main benefits of Kundalini Yoga (the style of yoga on that DVD and all of our DVD's) is to give people the ability to self-determine, to have a say in the matter with regard to the quality of their lives. We are sure that as you continue your yoga / meditation practice, you will experience many more amazing breakthroughs!

If you feel so inspired (and haven't done so already), please consider sharing your experiences in the form of a review for Yoga for Beginners & Beyond, on Amazon.com. Be sure to put PTSD in the title so that other people struggling with those symptoms can tune in to your review.
Reviews are all people unfamiliar with yoga/Kundalini Yoga, have to go on and we're sure that your words will inspire many people to be proactive in the way that you were. Please keep us posted as you continue on your yoga journey.

We wish you joy, health, and many blessings!

P.S. We also recommend our Fat Free Yoga, Kundalini Yoga Meditation for Beginners & Beyond, Yoga Quick Fixes, Am/Pm Yoga, among others. One important piece of the puzzle re: PTSD is in keeping your solar plexus area relaxed and open. We would recommend monitoring that area and trying to keep it relaxed. If you feel stress coming on, trying interlacing your hands over your solar plexus and breathing long and light, inhaling thru puckered lips and exhaling nose. Eyes closed or gazing at one point unblinking.