More yoga in the army news! Great pic above – and no the soldier is not standing on his back! Look closer. (yes they are wearing socks, but that’s a purple mat…baby steps)
This is straight from Army.mil so you know it’s serious. Not only is yoga now included in basic training, we’re seeing it become a regular practice for soldiers stationed around the world, and other U.S. Army posts like Fort Bragg, Fort Jackson, and Fort Meade are now incorporating yoga classes.
Dispatch from Schweinfurt, Germany:
“We were looking for something that would provide a full-body workout, but without the speed,” said Staff Sgt. Stephen Gagne, part of the cadre for USAG Schweinfurt’s WTU and the originator of the idea for the weekly class. “This was something new; it’s low-impact but high-benefit.”
And those benefits are not just about buff biceps. Naturally, there was the initial obstacle course of skepticism that yoga and the image of yoga had to soldier through, ahem. But the results have been undeniable. Besides strength and flexibility and the benefit of injury prevention, yoga has become an invaluable tool for stress relief and managing PTSD.
The discipline and peace that yoga offers can help treat PTSD both as a cure and preventative measure. According to Lisa Mascall, a physical therapist working with the WTU in Schweinfurt, yoga helps Soldiers reduce tension and learn to manage stress. This flexibility can help avoid the shock that often leads to PTSD.
“It adds the ‘mind’ aspect to overall fitness and well-being,” said Mascall. She added that once per week, some members of the unit, and other Soldiers, attend a meditation group at the health clinic, intended to reduce pain and improve sleep without the use of medication.
This is all fabulous, but we would be remiss in not honoring the efforts of teacher Erika Liem Palidar who volunteers her time to teach the 6:45am Wednesday morning classes for the 1st Platoon, Charlie Company, Warrior Transition Batallion-Europe in Schweinfurt, Germany. Heroes, all!