US Army Embracing Yoga

I'm a huge fan of David Lynch's "Operation Warrior Wellness", which aims to teach 10,000 veterans meditation to help them deal with PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder). When I heard WWII veteran, Jerry Yellin, speak at Lynch's press conference and say he "sees the sights and hears the sounds from the war to this day," and no matter what success he had, he couldn't experience fulfillment until 1975 when he learned meditation, I was blown away.

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.""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."

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.

Pictured is WWII veteran and Warrior Wellness co-chair, Jerry Yellin at age 18 (below righ Jerry is with fellow veteran, Gordon Scott)

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