Warriors at Ease is committed to raising awareness about how yoga and meditation can support the health and healing of the military and veteran communities, particularly those with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and combat-related health issues.  Our teacher training curriculum is based on evidenced-based practices supported by research.


Research Database

The PILOTS Database
PILOTS stands for the Published International Literature on Traumatic Stress. This database is an electronic index to the worldwide literature on PTSD and other mental health consequences of exposure to traumatic events. Unlike other databases, PILOTS does not restrict its coverage to articles appearing in selected journals. It attempts to include all publications relevant to PTSD and other forms of traumatic stress, whatever their origin without disciplinary, linguistic, or geographic limitations.

The PILOTS Database is produced by the National Center for PTSD, and is electronically available to the public.  Although it is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the PILOTS database is not limited to literature on PTSD among Veterans.

Featured Research

Effects of Sensory-Enhanced Yoga on Symptoms of Combat Stress in Deployed Military Personnel*

*This was the first study done in Iraq.  It was co-authored by Warriors at Ease faculty member, Lynn Stoller.  Results from this research helped to create Sensory Enhanced Yoga® for Trauma & Nervous System Regulation which is part of our core curriculum.

American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 2012.

The Safety of Yoga: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials
American Journal of Epidemiology, 2015

Clinical Implications of Neuroscience Research on PTSD
Annals New York Academy of Science, June 2006

Effects of Yoga on Depression and Anxiety of Women
Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, June 2009

Effects of a Yoga Breath Intervention Alone and in Combination with an Exposure Therapy for PTSD and Depression in Survivors of the 2004 South-East Asia Tsunami
Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, 2009

Mindfulness Practice Leads to Increases in Regional Gray Matter Density
Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, January 2011

A Randomised Comparative Trial of Yoga and Relaxation to Reduce Stress and Anxiety
Complementary Therapies in Medicine, June 2007

Stress, Inflammation and Yoga Practice
Psychosom Med: Journal of Biobehavioral Medicine, February 2010

Yoga as an Adjunctive Treatment for PTSD in Latina Women
Pacific University, July 2010

Featured Articles

Harvard, Brigham Study: Yoga Eases Veterans PTSD Symptoms
WBUR.org, December 8, 2010

How Meditation May Change the Brain
New York Times, January 28, 2011

Yoga: An Alternative Therapy for Wounded Warriors with PTSD
Warrior Care Blog, DOD Office of Warrior Care Policy, January 19, 2012

Yoga Stress Relief For Soldiers
Huffington Post, Elaine Gavalas, May 17, 2012

Yoga for Anxiety and Depression
Harvard Mental Health Newsletter, April 2009

Downloadable Resources (Studies, Articles & Interviews)

Yoga for Trauma Study

Yoga Therapy in Practice

Yoga and PTSD: An Interview with Bessel van der Kolk, MD

The Use of Yoga in Specialized VA PTSD Treatment Programs

Mindfulness Based Group Therapy in Veterans with PTSD

Bringing Yoga to the VA

Yoga as an Adjunctive Treatment for PTSD

75 Health Conditions Benefited by Yoga

Additional Resources

The Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) is a Department of Defense (DoD) organization that provides guidance across DoD programs related to psychological health and traumatic brain injury issues.  Their mission is to improve the lives of our nation’s service members, families, and veterans by advancing excellence in psychological health and traumatic brain injury prevention and care.  DCoE leads a groundbreaking collaborative effort that includes the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), civilian agencies, community leaders, advocacy groups, clinical experts, and academic institutions that are dedicated to expanding the state of knowledge of psychological health and TBI.

The National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE) is a treatment planning and research facility located in Bethesda, Maryland.  The NICoE has been designated a Center of Excellence due to its unique capabilities and mission of providing cutting edge treatment planning, diagnosis, research, and education of service members and families dealing with the signature wounds from the Afghanistan and Iraq wars such as Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Psychological Health (PH) conditions. The NICoE provides an interdisciplinary team assessment in a holistic, patient and family-centered environment combined with high tech diagnostic capability.

National Center for PTSD aims to help veterans and others through research, education, and training on trauma and PTSD.  The Center has seven divisions across the country.  Although it provides no direct clinical care, they work to assure that the latest research findings help those exposed to trauma.

The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) is the Federal Government’s lead agency for scientific research on complementary and integrative health approaches.  NCCIH is one of the 27 institutes and centers that make up the National Institutes of Health (NIH) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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