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Ishan Shivanand Discusses How YOI Can Help the GI Yogi

“The mind, as we all know, is tremendously complex,” says Ishan, “and during war, veterans are placed in incredibly stressful situations that leave them with memories they often struggle to deal with when they return home.”

By Dawn WellsPublished 2 years ago 3 min read

The horrors of war and its effects on soldiers have been well-documented in the medical field. Whether vets fought in World War 2, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, or elsewhere, they report nightmares, heightened reactions to the slightest sounds, depression, and thoughts of suicide. While memories are lifelong and cannot be banished, the question is whether vets must continue to suffer the effects of what they witnessed in battle. Ishan Shivanand, a monk who founded Yoga of Immortals (YOI), believes that veterans can, indeed, be freed of PTSD, and he is dedicating his life to using YOI’s holistic, meditative, cognitive, mind-oriented approach to help heal them.

“The mind, as we all know, is tremendously complex,” says Ishan, “and during war, veterans are placed in incredibly stressful situations that leave them with memories they often struggle to deal with when they return home.”

To better understand the needs of veterans, Ishan spent a lot of time talking to them as well as to psychologists. “I wanted to understand PTSD as well as the current ways of treating it so that I could see if YOI could be beneficial,” he says. “I learned from professionals that cognitive behavior therapy, a form of psychotherapy, is commonly used and that antidepressants may also be prescribed.”

Ishan says that from listening to veterans, he saw the potential for YOI to help. “While today’s treatments are excellent, they are not always successful. YOI, I think, can help veterans overcome PTSD without the use of medication.”

YOI, he explains, is based on Vedic principles that can improve a person’s physical, emotional, and spiritual health. “5,000 years ago, our ancestors knew their power, and while society has changed over the centuries, people are not so different. These ancient Indian modalities are still able to heal the practitioner today.”

Ishan states that he and YOI’s doctors have come to believe that YOI is a good option for vets with PTSD. “The reason centers on what happens when a person diligently practices YOI for at least 15-30 minutes each day,” he says. “The goal of our meditation sessions is for the vet to create a mental oasis in their mind, one where they are aware of what happened to them in conflict but where the memory cannot affect them.”

YOI has the potential to accomplish this because it helps practitioners to develop a strong sense of their body versus the memories that are plaguing them. “Often, vets are assailed by flashbacks and memories that they feel they cannot control or stop,” Ishan says. “The memories are, in effect, assaulting the vet, and without the ability to stop them, the vet continues to be in a heightened state of stress.”

YOI, Ishan believes, can stop this by allowing the practitioner to develop a mental barrier between the center of their mind and the memories. “They will not forget what they saw in war,” he says. “What can happen, though, is that those memories no longer have the ability to interrupt the vet’s daily life, and this can give them the mental space to deal with the memories when they are ready. They can simply breathe freely again.”

Ishan says the evidence for YOI’s ability to heal practitioners is backed by science. During the pandemic, when people worldwide were experiencing more stress and anxiety, he and his team conducted an in-depth study of the effects of their comprehensive, structured, mind-body YOI program on 1,505 participants.

“We worked with doctors and psychologists, and we gave participants access to our app,” he says. “For eight weeks, they followed our modalities. There were four check-in points during the study, and at the end, the results were amazing. Severe insomnia had been reduced by 80%, 72% of participants had experienced a reduction in depressive symptoms, 75% had a decrease in generalized anxiety, and 77% had an improvement in their quality of life. It was the scientific proof we needed to prove that YOI, properly practiced, can make a tremendous difference in a person’s health.”

Today, Ishan continues to reach out to veterans so they can know they have another option for treating their PTSD. “It is a true blessing to hear back from them that their nightmares have stopped and that they feel like themselves again,” he says. “It reaffirms my belief that YOI can ease the suffering of veterans and of so many others in our world.”

Through the scientifically-backed meditation techniques taught by Ishan Shivanand and Yoga of Immortals, millions are finding relief from anxiety, anger, addictions, and other issues. For more information on how YOI can help you find your own peace, please contact him at [email protected] or visit:


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