Veterans please join Kelly for a FREE yoga class each Wednesday evening from 6:30 pm – 7:45 pm. The class is hosted at Buchanan Rec Center, 32003 Ellingwood Trail Evergreen, CO. The goal of this class is to provide more comfort in the body and ease in the mind. A class will typically consist of 5 minutes of breath work, 50 minutes spent in the physical poses of yoga and 15 minutes of guided relaxation.

For more free Veterans yoga classes available throughout Denver and Golden, please visit Come Back Yoga

Why Yoga and Mediation Can Help

There is a lot of research and science behind why yoga and mediation bring comfort to the body and ease in the mind. Those with PTSD may experience physical reactions in their body because it is getting “hijacked” by their brain. This is a completely normal reaction to and result of the abnormal situations our veterans found themselves in during their service. Breath work and the physical practice of yoga have been shown to induce the body's relaxation response, increase heart rate variability and create "vagal tone." Low heart rate variability has been found in those with PTSD. The physical practice of yoga can provide veterans with an opportunity to increase activity in the parasympathetic nervous system - the rest, replace and recover system of the body.

Mediation has been shown to change structures in the brain. Scientific studies have concluded that with just 8 weeks of mediation, for even as little as 5 minutes a day, the brain shows an increase in grey matter in the hippocampus and the prefrontal cortex. These areas of the brain are associated with memory, learning, empathy, personality, decision-making and emotional regulation. Meditation has also been shown to decrease the grey matter in the amygdala, the area of the brain that is in charge of our “fight, flight or freeze” response. People who have been required to remain on “high alert” over a long period of time show a larger volume of grey matter in the amygdala and a lower volume of grey matter in the hippocampus and prefrontal cortex.