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Yoga Helps Wounded Warriors Repair Bodies, Minds


FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. - Wounded soldiers returning to Fort Campbell are limited. Many can't run, can't lift weight, and can't even do a single push-up.

But some injured vets are taking up an unlikely practice on post in place of the gym. It's not only helping repair their bodies, but also their minds.

In a yoga room, more than just an afternoon workout takes place. With a mat and the soothing words of their instructor, some Fort Campbell wounded warriors are given an hour to escape.

Brooke Neeley is a physical therapist for the wounded warriors who return to Fort Campbell.

"It seems like a lot of the warriors that come in have the mentality of feeling broken, like they are not a soldier anymore, that they will not be able to do it again," said Neeley.

That's why she urges them all to try yoga classes on post. She has watched soldiers like Christopher Malloy achieve that impossible push up.

"I have noticed an improved difference in my flexibility, my movement including my hand," said Malloy.

She has also watched them overcome one of the most challenging obstacle: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

"With the PTSD they have and the experience that it's helping that as well when they didn't think that it would have any affect at all in the beginning," Neeley added.

The program is being tested at Fort Campbell. It's already been so successful that the yoga classes will likely be offered at other military posts in the near future.

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