Ginger has years of experience serving soldiers and their spouses. She works with combat stress and recovery focuses. She educates soldiers in how they can recover by growing out of the “diagnosis” first.
Many people struggle with PTSD, for one reason or another. Symptoms can include flashbacks, nightmares, amnesia, addictions and insomnia, to name a few. These challenges present many obstacles to leading a normal life, ranging from family issues to work/financial despair.
Presently Ginger teaches in a military hospital treating soldiers and family members. She teaches Yoga Warrior classes that use positive affirmations and visualization infused with the Anusara principles of alignment.
Kundalini Yoga medical meditations are a large part of treatment, which includes many breathing techniques, sound healing therapy and kriyas. Yoga Nidra is an integral part of her work with people suffering from PTSD and TBI.
Begin Within Yoga and Wellness is a holistic healing program combining mind/body solutions using the timeless and celebrated practices of yoga in a synergistic way. Research shows that yoga poses alone do not heal PTSD. Ginger has been treating U.S. Military personnel and their dependents since 2009 as a complementary alternative medicine (CAM). Through her personal experience working with soldiers and extensive training, she shares time-honored and unique principle teachings and practices of yoga for healing from the inside out. She truly believes all healing “begins within.”
Pranayama Practices (breathing exercises)—Trauma is known to be stored in every cell of the body. Yoga is a practice that directly addresses our mind-body connection, and focuses the breath as one avenue to healing. Pranayam is the science of breath, controlling the movement of prana through the use of breathing techinques. Prana = the life force pran+ first unit Ayam= expansion. With Pranayam we expand the first unit, the seed energy. A slight change in the seed vibration can change our entire universe.
Some positive effects of Pranayama practice:
- Promoting health and vitality
- Opening range and creativity of the emotions
- Controlling moods
- Developing concentration
- Promoting feeling of connectedness
iRest yoga nidra– Was endorsed by the U.S. Army Surgeon General and Defense Centers of Excellence as a complementary and alternative medicine. (CAM) People who practice iRest yoga nidra report:
- decreased stress, anxiety, fear, and depression
- decreased insomnia and sleep disturbances
- decreased perception of chronic and acute pain
- improved interpersonal relations
- increased energy levels
- increased sense of control in their lives
- more confidence and joy
- greater sense of peace and well being
Yoga Warrior classes—Yoga asana (poses) are used to help veterans get out of their heads and back into their bodies incorporated with “positive affirmations.” The class teaches the power of now and being in the “presence of mind” using “feeling sensation techniques,” while incorporating the UPA’s Universal Principles of Alignment for healing the body/mind experiencing physical limitations. Sessions also incorporate the Three A’s—1. Attitude (heart) 2. Alignment (mind) and 3. Action (body). All three A’s are available in each pose—and when they are present, they build a sense of integrity and body/mind union.
Kundalini Yoga—The emphasis in Kundalini Yoga is on the flow of the kriya, the specific sequence of exercises and medical meditations. These may include posture, breath, mantra, focus, and/or moving. Postures are often held for a substantial period of time, to the point at which the mind gives way to the body’s wisdom. The body is a self-regulating system; it knows how to heal itself and performs appropriately in the absence of the ego’s false interventions.
The synergistic combination of postures, mantras and meditations creates positive pressure on the subconscious mind, allowing it to clear limiting beliefs and patterns. Mental relief following a yoga set becomes a cumulative benefit.