Yoga truly is for everyone. Yoga for Warriors by Beryl Bender Birch is a book written specifically for veterans and military service men and women, a population not often considered as “typical” yoga students. Which is why we’re so delighted to be offering this book as a giveaway to you fine folks. Though we’ve seen how yoga and meditation can help with prehabilitation, rehabilitation and the effects of trauma, having the tools bound together in one book makes it a super helpful resource and reference not only for the students but for the teachers and therapists wishing to work with this particular group of students. (For even more info, read the book review here.)
WIN: We’re giving away 3 copies of Yoga for Warriors: Basic Training in Strength, Resilience and Peace of Mind by Beryl Bender Birch, courtesy of Sounds True. Thanks to the Give Back Yoga Foundation through their Buy One, Give One program, for these 3 books, we will be making a donation so that 3 more books may be provided for free to a veteran or active duty service man or woman.
TO ENTER: Let’s make this one super simple. If there were one go-to yoga pose, a meditation or breathing technique of the moment that you would offer another to help them pause and recharge, rejuvenate or refocus, what would it be? Share with us in the comments below, post on facebook and/or on twitter. Be sure to tag us @yogadork!
Deets: One entry per person will be counted. The giveaway will remain open until 11:59pm Monday, October 13. Three winners will be chosen at random and announced soon after!
UPDATE: Congrats to Sarah, Karen Greer and @dfgyoga! Thanks to everyone who entered. We hope you will continue to find peacefulness through yoga and perhaps share it with others. Remember, if you’d like a copy of Yoga for Warriors, when you purchase through the Give Back Yoga Foundation they will provide a free copy to a veteran or active duty service member.
- Book Review: ‘Yoga for Warriors: Basic Training in Strength, Resilience and Peace of Mind’ by Beryl Bender Birch
- Amputee Vets Heal with Yoga
- Yoga Helps Rehabilitate Veterans With Brain Injuries
Legs Up The Wall
Reclined Spinal Twist (Jathara Parivartanasana)
Sukasana and long, slow breaths
Another vote for legs-up-the-wall (Viparita Karani) pose! I like it best with a couple folded blankets under my bum.
I would recommend Legs up the wall pose. I find it quite nice when I’m feelint worked up about something.
I find that counting your in breath and matching it to your out breath is a great method to calm the nervous system. Taking slow, intentional breaths at an even rate is my go to when I need to settle down.
nadi sodhana pranayama
I’m fond of ujjayi breath (followed by belly breath, if desired relaxation level is not achieved).
I’ve taught this to multiple teens, and it seems to work rather well.
Tree pose! I find it to be very centering and calming.
I would recommend Child’s Pose.
Childs’ pose with long, slow breaths 🙂 always works for me
find a comfortable upright seating position, legs crossed if possible. place one hand flat on your heart, the other on your navel. close your eyes, and breathe. focus on your breath. feel the air coming in, feel your chest and belly expand. exhale. inhale again. exhale. gently pause if pausible. inhale. exhale. — it’s a great way to calm your mind and find peace. om shanti & have a wonderful day 🙂
Pranayama Breathing & mindful breathing helps youth in juvenile hall pause before reacting. UpRising Yoga in Los Angeles has seen proof.
Star twist, holding for at least five full, mindful breaths on each side.
Balasana always! 🙂
downward dog always makes me feel strong and focused
Alternate nostril breathing!
makrasana (crocodile pose); Awesome slacker pose; you can relax but also watch TV , read & use social media.
Nadi Shodhan – Alternate Nostril Breathing
Tadasana with Ujjayi!
Mountain stance, victorious breath… SO yoga warrior!