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VA researcher exploring meditation as a therapy for PTSD

Today, Lang is the director of the Center of Excellence for Stress and Mental Health at the VA San Diego Healthcare System. She’s also a professor at the University of California, San Diego. Her research and clinical work are focused on trauma-related disorders, including the use of complementary and alternative techniques, such as meditation, for treating PTSD.

By |September 6th, 2021|Research|2 Comments

Live Whole Health #85: Stillness in busy times with Yin meditation

When our days feel overly busy or stressful it can be nice to slow down and find moments of stillness. There are many ways to do that throughout the day, even if just for a minute or two. Here are a few ideas.

By |August 23rd, 2021|#LiveWholeHealth|2 Comments

Live Whole Health #59: Finding Stillness through Yin Meditation

There are many different styles of meditation – some are yang and some are yin. Yin meditation encourages being open to what might unfold during the experience. A yin meditation helps us to be curious, open, and gentle towards our inner experience and can support self-compassion.

By |February 8th, 2021|#LiveWholeHealth|1 Comment

VA nurses empower Veterans with yoga and guided meditation

Whole health programs at Roseburg VA are centered around what matters to you, not what is the matter with you. Facing your fears can be difficult but this nurse guarantees the process is worth it.

By |August 26th, 2020|Health|Comments Off on VA nurses empower Veterans with yoga and guided meditation

Meditation linked to lower cardiovascular risk

Previous studies have suggested that meditation may have beneficial effects on a number of conditions. A 2017 American Heart Association scientific statement suggests that meditation may be of benefit for cardiovascular risk reduction. Data show that it may help with blood pressure, cholesterol level, quitting smoking, and overall cardiovascular health. However, this connection is far from definitive.

By |July 27th, 2020|Health, Research|Comments Off on Meditation linked to lower cardiovascular risk

Army Veteran’s advice for dealing with multiple sclerosis – Healing the brain and body with mindfulness, meditation, and spirituality

Crystal Muscatello joined the Army National Guard in 2006. She was deployed to Iraq in 2009 and was honorably discharged in 2015. This is her story on how she is dealing with multiple sclerosis.

By |March 1st, 2018|Health, Women Veterans|3 Comments

Mindfulness meditation: A promising tool to help reduce chronic pain and opioid use

The growth and interest in mindfulness is due in large part to an impressive body of evidence that suggests mindfulness meditation practices can mitigate a number of physical and mental health issues, ranging from dealing with cancer and depression, to sleep problems and chronic pain.

By |May 11th, 2017|Guest Posts|5 Comments

My Meditation

In observance of PTSD Awareness Month: June 2014, VA’s National Center for PTSD, presents the following profile of a Veteran who is living with PTSD and turning his life around with treatment. After serving in the Army, mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter Joe Duarte found his world spinning out of control. Now he finds peace at home and in the ring. Although it may sound [...]

By |June 3rd, 2014|Top Stories|5 Comments
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