Serving Veterans with PTSD

November 2, 2023 |

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Teaching Kundalini Yoga to Veterans with PTSD

Bachansukh Singh (Tod Sherman) is an IKYTA level one teacher living in Reno, NV, USA.

He has a separate certification in Kundalini Yoga for PTSD and is the Veterans Outreach Coordinator for The Yoga Center Reno. He teaches there weekly at the Reno Veterans Hospital.

Here’s a story Bachansukh Singh shared on August 20, 2018, on how Kundalini Yoga saved both his wife’s and his life.

I somehow always knew Kundalini Yoga was right and perfect.

I had begun Kundalini Yoga in 2007, In 2013 I participated in the online course “Journey into the Heart of Sikh Dharma” This was a major turning point, The date was October 25th, 2014, when I got the call!! “Mom’s fallen and they’re taking her to the hospital.” My wife, Dawn is a 100% physically disabled Veteran and100% PTSD. She and I had been married 30 Years at the time.

She had broken her shoulder and within days, the VA replaced it. 24 Hours after surgery, while recovering in a local nursing home, Dawn contracted the deadly diseases C-Diff and septic shock. She was sent to the Isolation unit at St. Mary’s hospital, where she lay in an infectious disease coma, non- responsive for four months.

I was in a fog of war – of life and death. I was a Service Manager for a local automotive repair shop,

I called them and said, “I won’t be back till she’s OK”.  Now, I had no income or insurance.   I sat at her bedside through rain, sleet, snow. I was there at 4am chanting, waiting for the doctors every day in my white Kundalini clothes, always wearing my knit cap or turban. The nurses and doctors seemed to adopt me and love me.

I had done an 11-minute meditation for 11 and 40 days. Now, I contacted Ashrams in California, Espanola, Texas and Florida requesting prayers daily. I began what turned out to be a 120 Day Life Saving Sadhana. Somehow, I knew that God and Guru would get us through this.

The doctors had given her every antibiotic known, and still no response. I just chanted and prayed every day that she would know I was there. For Christmas they told me to wear an infectious disease gown and sleep in the chair next to her, because she probably won’t be here in the Morning.

Two weeks later she opened her eyes and said: “I heard Your Prayers and decided to live”.  She then spent weeks recovering in a nursing home before returning home in February.

White Tantric Yoga in Oakland, California would be March 8, 2015, I hadn’t missed one in years, And, after all that had just happened it felt even more important that I participate this year. Dawn was recovering slowly, and I arranged for home care so I could leave her safely for a few days.

After being home just a few days while sitting on the couch drinking homemade Yogi Tea, I began to have chest pains. If this had occurred while Dawn was in the hospital, I probably would have thought it was just heartburn and gone to bed. But Dawn took one look at me and dialed 911. I was 99.8 % blocked on the right-side main artery. This has only a 4-6% survival rate.  They did emergency surgery to save my life and I was home doing Yoga in 3 Days. The Heart Doctor said that my yogic breathing was probably why I am alive today.

Bachansukh Singh (Tod Sherman) is a IKYTA level one teacher living in Reno, NV, USA.

He has a separate certification in Kundalini Yoga for PTSD and is the Veterans Outreach Coordinator for The Yoga Center Reno. He teaches there weekly at the Reno Veterans Hospital.

Here are some certificates of gratitude received by Tod Sherman (Bachansukh Singh)

Contact through Facebook tod_sherman@yahoo.com

REGISTER HERE FOR THE GLOBAL SANGAT SYMPOSIUM ON NOVEMBER 4, 2023 TO HEAR MORE FROM Tod Sherman ABOUT HOW HE SERVES VETERANS WITH PTSD AND THE IMPACT IT HAS ON THEIR LIVES.

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