First, thank you so much for stopping by to check out this cause which is very dear to my heart. As many of you know, I am blessed to be married to an amazing man (Brent) who has served the past twelve years in the US Armed Forces. He has been in search and rescue units as well as deployable tactical law enforcement, and this year he will be medically retired from the military due to injuries suffered while serving. Brent's injuries are physical, and in the past year he has found relief from some pain thanks to gentle yoga designed specifically for his situation.
But there are countless wives, countless families, whose husbands and fathers have been sent into combat while serving in the military who are dealing with pain, injuries, and war wounds... and sometimes, they come back wounded in ways that we can't see on the surface.
Post-traumatic stress disorder affects a lot of veterans - statistics show anywhere from 15 - 30% of veterans will deal with PTSD in their lifetime. These numbers don't reflect those who are too proud to talk about any "weakness" they may be suffering.
I can tell you first hand, yoga has changed my life. It may not be PTSD, but I have dealt with my own share of "issues" - ranging from eating disorders to substance abuse to self-esteem problems and unhealthy relationships. I am putting all of those things into gentle words, but there have been times that my life has been deeply unhappy, fear-filled, and and out of control.
Those feelings are not unique to me... they are feelings of everyone who is dealing with PTSD. And yoga, for me, has been a saving grace which has taught me how to move out of the past, into the present moment, and find a safe and healing space within the breath, movement, and conscious relaxation.
So how can we help?
Donate to this cause. Even if you can only give one dollar, or five, your donation will see that veterans in the United States are given access to the healing power of yoga. As we raise funds, we are also raising awareness to de-stigmatize PTSD within the veteran community, and cultivating unity between these two seemingly distant populations - yogis and veterans.
We all share a few things in common: bodies to move around this planet, lungs to get the air we breathe, hearts which pump blood to keep us alive, and brains which don't always show battle scars. Yoga teaches us that we are ONE. Yoga teaches us that we are STRONG. Yoga teaches us that we can be WHOLE. Help us to bring yoga to the veteran community by donating whatever you can to this cause.