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Yoga for Vets

Yoga: Inspired to Serve Our Troops

Rob Schware | Posted 04.28.2013 | Healthy Living
Rob Schware

This is an interview with Ann Richardson, who works with wounded, ill, and injured United States Marines. She travels extensively as an instructor for Special Warfare working with both able-bodied and injured men and women.

Yoga: How We Serve Veterans and the Homeless While Homeless

Rob Schware | Posted 04.08.2013 | Impact
Rob Schware

As defense spending cuts limit vital benefits for veterans and our country increasingly faces the issue of veteran homelessness, we offer this interview with Mark Francis-Mullen, who became a certified yoga teacher and taught yoga at the Denver VA Regional Medical Center while homeless.

Yoga: How We Help Veterans of Combat Reintegrate Into Their Lives

Rob Schware | Posted 01.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Rob Schware

This is an interview with Sarah Plummer, who started practicing yoga in 2001 in order to cope with overuse injuries from soccer and military training. After years of dabbling in the practice, in 2006, during her second deployment to Iraq, she became "hooked."

Yoga: A Veteran's Way to Serve Veterans

Rob Schware | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Rob Schware

"Now I might chant a little but I still try to make yoga as relatable as possible to the military culture, so I try to quickly emphasize breath, muscles, and mind: three things all vets can relate to."

Yoga: How We Serve Wounded Warriors

Rob Schware | Posted 10.20.2012 | Healthy Living
Rob Schware

"At the time there weren't many of us offering yoga service in the military medicinal field, and I was very happy to do so. As well, I couldn't think of anything more opposite to the military than yoga, and I was interested to see how the relationship would develop."

Yoga: How We Serve Our Veterans

Rob Schware | Posted 10.07.2012 | Healthy Living
Rob Schware

This is an interview with Felice Brenner, who had been working as a "headhunter" for 20 years to become a full-time yoga instructor. She teaches two classes a week at the Veterans Administration in Boston, Jamaica Plains campus.

Yoga: How We Serve Active-Duty Service Members

Rob Schware | Posted 09.23.2012 | Healthy Living
Rob Schware

"There is a huge stigma in the military about men practicing yoga, an even bigger stigma on getting treatment for PTSD. So you can only imagine how difficult it is to get a guy with PTSD onto a mat!"

Yoga Stress Relief for Soldiers

Elaine Gavalas | Posted 07.17.2012 | Healthy Living
Elaine Gavalas

Faced with the highest army suicide rates in at least 30 years, U.S. military officials are examining ways to help treat psychologically wounded soldiers.

Yoga And PTSD: One Vet's Story

Anu Bhagwati | Posted 11.05.2011 | Healthy Living
Anu Bhagwati

Yoga taught me many new things about myself. It turned out that in order to move beyond my pain, I had to change old habits that had been deeply ingrained by military service.