Yoga and Canadian Armed Forces members’ well-being: an analysis based on select physiological and psychological measures


A study which investigates the benefit of yoga and other therapeutic and non-traditional interventions to reduce the symptoms for those suffering from PTSD. The study was conducted with both serving and retired members of the Canadian Armed Forces and showed that yoga sessions improved the symptoms of those with PTSD.


Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a psychiatric illness that may develop following a traumatic event or a situation involving the threat of death or serious injury to oneself or others. PTSD is often comorbid with other mental and physical health conditions, such as depression, anxiety, and chronic pain. Several therapeutic, pharmaceutical, and non-traditional interventions are being investigated to eliminate or reduce the severity of these comorbidities in those who suffer from PTSD. The current study investigated the effect of yoga on individuals who did, or did not, screen positively for PTSD on their self-reported symptoms of depression, anxiety, and anger. We also examined perceived physical pain, sleep disturbances, and mental and physical health–-related quality of life.