“The military is very good at training you for combat, but what happens when it’s over?” C.J. Keller is a U.S. Marine Corps. veteran still trying to recover from symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder 10 years after his deployment to Iraq. Despite taking anti-anxiety medication, nothing seemed to help enough to bring him peace from [...]
There’s a new group of yogis and they’re already veterans. Actually, they’re quite literally veterans, of the armed forces. Members of the military, both veterans and active duty men and women, are embracing yoga and meditation as a way to cope with physical wounds and the wounds that maybe aren’t so easy to see. To [...]
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 [...]
Book Review: ‘Yoga for Warriors: Basic Training in Strength, Resilience and Peace of Mind’ by Beryl Bender Birch
A yoga teacher and practitioner for over 40 years, Beryl Bender Birch is no stranger to writing books. Her works, Power Yoga, Beyond Power Yoga and Boomer Yoga, are considered essential on many yogi bookshelves. Her latest book, Yoga for Warriors: Basic Training in Strength, Resilience and Peace of Mind is a guide to the therapeutic and healing practices of yoga for those in the military, home from combat, veterans or anyone suffering from trauma.
Not your average G.I. Joe. This one does yoga! A clever idea from Dan Abramson who’s also responsible for these creative and ironic broga mat bags, Yoga Joe action figures are about changing the way we see yoga and yogis. Abramson started a crowdfunding campaign to (peacefully?) kick these little guys into production. He says [...]
Memorial Day has come to have many meanings, from the unofficial kick off to the summer to the first BBQ of the season to the actual intended purpose of remembering the men and women who have fallen serving in the armed forces. However you feel about the military and wars and what have you, it’s [...]
This post is by contributor Ben King, an Iraq War veteran who returned home in 2007. With his blog Armor Down, Ben began documenting his journey to finding relief from stress and physical discomfort through mindfulness and yoga. From armoring up his mind and body for war in the army to finding ways to armor [...]
If you’ve ever been too hung up on getting a certain pose or you’ve ever caught your egomonkeymind giving your body a hard time, read on and maybe be inspired by these amputee yogis, to have gratitude for who you are, what you have and for your yoga practice. We’ve posted about yoga in the [...]
“Yoga used as therapy for Fort Gordon soldiers with brain injuries” is the kind of headline that can make our day. In a world where peaceful warrior is still just a nice stretchy yoga pose, we’re happy to see that yoga can still play its role in establishing a state of peace, and in this case rehabilitation.