Yoga and veterans

Yes, we’re now a couple days past Veteran’s Day, but I’m still going to round a few things up.

One thing that caught my eye, on the Facebook (get on Ello if you can), was David Swenson’s mention of this book by Beryl Bender Birch, Yoga for Warriors. You can buy it at that link to David’s site. From the description:

War leaves more than physical scars.  Military servicemen and women bear invisible wounds – including PTS (Post-Traumatic Stress), TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury), MST (Military Sexual Trauma), anxiety, and depression – all just as real and painful.  If you or anyone you know is just entering military service, preparing for deployment, or returning home, Yoga for Warriors offers the tools for one of the most challenging transitions.

Then there was this news story from Boston:

A new yoga class originally designed for amputees is helping wounded warriors in Massachusetts recover from their physical and psychological wounds.

One student at a class in Yarmouth is retired Army Specialist Steve Bohn.

In 2008, he was serving in Afghanistan with the 101st Airborne Division when his life changed completely.

“I was unfortunately injured by a suicide bomber in a dump truck,” Bohn explained.

The injuries to his back were so severe, he still can’t stretch out, but that’s not discouraging Bohn from participating in an unique yoga session led by Marsha Danzig.

“I knew that they would connect with me,” she said. “In fact after the class, someone said one of the guys wasn’t going to do yoga at all. But then he mentioned that I was an amputee and he said, ‘Oh, OK,’ and he took the class and he did it,” said Danzig.

Danzig was 13 years old when she lost her leg to cancer.

More at the link, including video.

And finally, Tim Miller’s blog post touched on Armistice Day, as well:

I know that many of our veterans have distinguished themselves with their bravery and heroism, and God knows where we would be without their efforts.  But how many more have returned from war with limbs, nervous systems, and lives shattered.  I’m grateful for all the sacrifices our veterans have made in service to their country, yet, at the same time, my heart yearns for the day that we come to recognize that we are all part of the same family.

Click on the link to find out if Tim ever got drafted. That story was new to me this week.

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