Hinduism and the Cognitive Sciences

Challenges, Contrasts, and Confluences

Authored by: Stephen Kaplan

The Routledge Companion to Religion and Science

Print publication date:  October  2011
Online publication date:  March  2012

Print ISBN: 9780415492447
eBook ISBN: 9780203803516
Adobe ISBN: 9781136634178

10.4324/9780203803516.ch29

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Abstract

Describing the U.S. Army’s “Warrior Reset Program,” BBC America (April 21, 2010) reports “[t]welve soldiers sit on the floor, with eyes closed, focusing on their sacral chakra. They chant in unison.” This program is training soldiers with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in the ways of yoga and meditation. Some are learning techniques to raise the energy (kundalini) that runs through the various cakras (wheels, energy centers), which are located along the spine starting at the base and ascending to the top of the head. The U.S. military, or at least some elements, believe that these types of program can be tested and replicated for their biological– psychological effectiveness and benefits. This particular report praised the success of the program for its stress and anxiety reduction, and cited the need for its expansion in light of the fact that approximately 10–15 per cent of soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan are reporting symptoms of PTSD (news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/Americas/8634277.stm).

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