How can veterans of the Armed Forces cultivate a sense of peace and calm, especially if they are suffering from lingering emotional damage caused by battlefield traumas? According to the Miami Herald, one of the most effective methods for pushing through such problems and attaining healthy living is yoga.
Former Marine sergeant Hugo Patrocinio is living proof of that. He recently recovered his sense of inner equilibrium, after a brush with death sent him spinning.
It all started in July of 2006, when Patrocinio was serving a second tour of duty in Afghanistan. While patrolling near Fallujah, the sergeant, who was 23 at the time, witnessed a horrific explosion, which occurred when suicide bombers set off 1,000 pounds of explosives in a dump truck.
Patrocinio was 20 feet from the truck when it detonated.
However, while he miraculously survived the shrapnel and the severe concussion, he had a much harder time overcoming the events' emotional aftershocks – that is, until he took up yoga for managing personal change.
"I didn't understand yoga but I knew it was helping somehow," he explained to the news source. "Now I am not afraid to go to sleep."