Yoga Warrior: Veteran Copes with PTSD
Jeff Sargent spent two decades in the U.S. Army fighting on the front lines in Iraq and Afghanistan. After retirement, Sargent suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder. A friend mentioned doing yoga as a form of treatment, but Sargent was skeptical and replied, “Real men don't do yoga." He realizes now how shortsighted he was.
Sargent started practicing yoga, and the physical, mental, and spiritual benefits have been endless. He’s been able to block out the fiery explosions and gunfire from the battlefield and mentally focus on the present.
He says yoga saved his life and was so moved by his experience that he is now finishing up his master's degree in yoga therapy, in hopes of helping other soldiers suffering from PTSD.
Wheelchair Yoga: It’s How I Roll
Charles Wienbar was an avid outdoorsman until he started losing feeling in his legs and was shortly thereafter diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.
Charles was devastated and went into a dark depression for three years. His wife, Sharon, discovered Yoga on the Labyrinth at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco and convinced Charles to join her. After his first class, Charles was hooked. Yoga changed his perception of what it means to actually live.