“Yoga for Peace” – Stress Relief for Troops in Iraq
August 17, 2007 (PRLEAP.COM) Health NewsDenver, CO August 17, 2007 – Yogadownload.com, an online virtual yoga studio, has launched “Yoga for Peace,” an initiative to help relieve some of the stress on U.S. troops and peace workers in Iraq and other war torn areas of the world. Beginning in November 2006, Jamie Kent, Yogadownload.com’s founder and owner, began offering troops and peace workers unlimited free access to the virtual studio’s extensive library of classes, meditations and music.
“I came up with the idea when I was watching news coverage about the emotional trauma experienced by our troops in Iraq,” Jamie explains. “I was thinking how much those men and women could benefit from a yoga class when I realized that our classes at Yogadownload would be really easy for them to use, even with their limited resources.”
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a condition increasingly experienced by soldiers and other personnel engaging within and working under the conditions of combat. According to an article in the April/May 2006 issue of Yoga International, “Yoga therapy has proven effective for combat veterans with PTSD in terms of positive physical, mental and emotional growth.”
The response to “Yoga for Peace” has been phenomenal. Since the program’s inception, dozens of military personnel and peace workers have downloaded hundreds of classes. “[Yogadownload.com is] a god-send to so many of us stationed here [in Iraq]! Such a stark contrast to the incredible stress and pressure we find ourselves subject to on daily basis,” writes one Sergeant stationed in Iraq, whose name has been withheld for security purposes. Similarly, Tracy Dush, a Peace Corps Volunteer serving in the Federated States of Micronesia, writes, “My main form of stress management is through Yoga. I still can’t get over Yogadownload.com’s generosity and care. You are truly an amazing group of people.”
Yogadownload.com was launched in 2006 as a way to make Yoga’s benefits more easily accessible and to make attending class more convenient. Anyone with an internet connection can download a yoga class of their choice, often for far less than the price of a standard yoga class. A printable pose guide accompanies each class, showing the picture, name and sequence for each pose in the class.
Yogadownload.com also offers membership options allowing users to pay a monthly fee for access to the entire library of classes, meditations and music. Yogadownload.com’s guided yoga classes and other fitness workouts cater to a wide range of styles, experience levels and strengths. Each class is accompanied by professional music and can be played on any iPod or other MP3 player, computer or compatible cell phone. The classes and music range in price from $1.50 to $5.95 and once purchased, may be played by the purchaser without limit.
Kent highlights that “with Yogadownload.com, people from all over the globe have access to a library of quality, inexpensive yoga classes that they can use over and over again. And the best part is that they can take a class in any room of their house, or anywhere they want, anytime they want. It’s a 24-hour-a-day personal yoga studio for everyone – and now, this incredible service is available to our troops all over the world for free!”
For more information about “Yoga for Peace,” or to try a free yoga download, visit www.yogadownload.com.
Yogadownload.com is a privately-held company based in Denver, Colorado. Founded in August of 2006, Yogadownload.com produces and distributes downloadable audio yoga classes in the popular MP3 format.
Ms. Jamie Kent
700 N. Colorado Blvd., Ste 202
Denver, CO 80206