Needless to say, I was excited to read today that the US Army is embracing yoga as part of the new fitness regimen as of March 1st.
Alison Thirkield, a clinical psychologist with Joint Mental Health Services, says:
"Yoga uses meditation, deep relaxation, gentle stretching and breathing to reduce physical, emotional and mental tension. It has been found to be useful in helping people to deal with anxiety caused by traumatic events."I'm obviously not a fan of war (I don't think anyone is), but at least they are giving soldiers better tools to deal with the horrors of it.
"Yoga is a different way of getting in and trying to address these symptoms. Yoga can teach soldiers very concrete relaxation strategies. It's grounded in many of the same principles that therapy is grounded in."
Pictured is WWII veteran and Warrior Wellness co-chair, Jerry Yellin at age 18 (below righ Jerry is with fellow veteran, Gordon Scott)