Context :

The experience of loss, destruction, violence and flight due to conflict can result in detrimental consequences for one's mental, emotional and physical well-being. In severe cases this can lead to increases in suicide, destructive behavior, burn-out, PTS (Post-Traumatic Stress), depression and illness, while in less severe cases individuals demonstrate the inability to function, decreased motivation and agency, and increased risk of illness and substance abuse.


Our programs :

Providing affordable and accessible trauma- and stress -relief tools to large populations and small groups alike in complex emergencies, IAHV's 8-12 hour programs produce measurable results, including rapidly and significantly reducing the symptoms of PTS, depression and anxiety, and improving the quality of life for individuals and communities.  More information on our next programs can be found here.

IAHV also offers professionals who work in difficult environments, stress management, healing and resilience programs. 


Methodology :

Provided worldwide, SK&P® (Sudarshan Kriya & Practices) are time-honored stress management/health promotion techniques whose health benefits are being validated by modern medical science. Independent research has shown that SK&P® significantly: 1) reduces levels of stress (reduce cortisol - the "stress" hormone); 2) supports the immune system; 3) increases optimism; 4) relieves anxiety and depression (mild, moderate and severe); 5) Increases anti-oxidant protection; 6) enhances brain function (increased mental focus, calmness and recovery from stressful stimuli); 7) and enhances well-being and peace of mind. In conflict and war zones, SK&P® are particularly helpful in relieving trauma and helping individuals overcome painful experiences and emotions.

These simple, yet powerful breathing practices have a unique advantage: they are free from unwanted side-effects, can cut health care costs, and are easy to learn and practice in daily life.

"I observed many victims of war suffering from PTS in serious post-conflict circumstances in Kosovo. IAHV trainings have significantly helped them in their recovery."

Vehbi Rafuni, Director, Association for Disabled Kosovo Liberation Army Veterans

"You send people to a workshop for a week and you figure they're going to feel better. But to see something one year after is pretty amazing."

Dr. Emma Seppala, Associate Director Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford 

More testimonials HERE

Measurable Impact