Thank you for taking the time to stop by and learn a little bit about this fundraiser. We should start with a little bit about The Mission of Warriors for Healing (W4H)...
TO RAISE AWARENESS AND FUNDS TO SUPPORT PROGRAMS FOR VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES WHO SUFFER FROM PTSD AND/OR DEPRESSION AND SUPPORT THEM ON THEIR JOURNEY OF SELF-HEALING, EMPOWERMENT, AND PERSONAL WELLNESS. ALL PROCEEDS GO TO GIVE BACK YOGA FOUNDATION AND CONNECTED WARRIORS FOUNDATION.
And here is a little bit about the big event that will go down at the end of this fundraiser...
ON JUNE 28th @ 1PM – LIVE STREAMED FROM COAST TO COAST- OVER 600+ YOGIS, SERVICE GROUPS, SPIRITUAL CENTERS, VETERANS AND MILITARY SUPPORTERS WILL JOIN TOGETHER ON THE IDYLLIC WINDSOR LAWN OF THE HISTORIC HOTEL DEL CORONADO OVERLOOKING THE PACIFIC OCEAN IN A 90-MINUTE WARRIORS FOR HEALING YOGA CELEBRATION LED BY FORMER NBC NEWS WAR CORRESPONDENT BHAVA RAM, WITH MUSIC BY STEVE GOLD AND JIM BECKWITH, PLUS SPECIAL GUEST.
I don't feel a need to go into detail about the name-dropping from the previous paragraph, a simple Google search will give you plenty of information about the incredible people helping to piece all of this together.
Here is a little bit of information about me and why I am trying to gain support for this cause...
My yoga journey was accidental. It wasn't a decision I made with the desire to be a better version of myself or gain awareness or any of those things that people say about how they began something that turned out to be life-changing. I started yoga because I had just been fired and didn't have anything else to do. I was angry and on edge and with each passing day I further solidified my deep-rooted inability to let things go. My (then) fiance told me that I needed to do something for myself and offered to buy me a month trial of yoga for my birthday. I had meditated in the past and found that it calmed my mind but I didn't have a solid practice or routine. My first class was candle lit and it was amazing... and I sucked.
I know people say that it isn't about "being good" and you shouldn't compare yourself to others etc. but I seriously sucked. Bad. Years of wearing combat boots flattened my feet to the point of feeling like a baby elephant when I tried to balance, only I didn't have a trunk to help me out. My muscles were tight and weak at the same time and my hands could barely hold my weight in a plank position thanks to a couple of surgeries I underwent after I got out of the military. I was crap :) And, it was amazing.
Paying for a monthly unlimited pass for yoga when you're unemployed isn't a very responsible decision so I signed up to clean the studio, work for trade. Once a week for three hours I hung out at the studio and cleaned between classes and got unlimited yoga for free. That is when my yoga adventure really took off. I found myself enjoying my life more than I had in a couple of years. The physical aspect of yoga was transforming me into a creature that loved my body and all the beautiful things it was capable of. The meditative aspect of yoga helped quiet my mind just enough... not enough to completely take away my edge, but enough to take me a step back from the edge.
Almost a full year from my first time in that yoga studio, I am still a believer. Yoga has the ability to transform not just your body, but your mind. I completed my YT-200 at School of Healing Arts and it was during this course that I began to undstand how pivitol yoga was for my healing process. Traumas exist in the deep parts of your mind and body that a person would generally not have access to. Deep in the muscle tissue of your hips, locked away in the part of your mind that you tell yourself doesn't exist. Those are the places where outbursts and black outs build. Yoga (when practiced in a safe space) has the ability to access the trauma and help release it.
This is why I support programs that give Veterans an opportunity to learn to cope, and to heal... not with pills, but with the medicine of yoga. After years of taking cement mixed with gun powder and pouring it into my wounds to become "hard" I was left hyper-aware, constantly worrying about when an explosion would happen. Yoga has helped me safely chip away at these cement blocks, and it can help others too.
In closing... I am not going to tell you that a donation is supporting my life's work or to "be the change" etc. I am a work in progress like everyone else. Yoga helps me not lose my shit on a daily basis and for that I am grateful.
I am honored that you took the time to read this through to the end. This really is a great cause and if you can donate that is awesome... if you could even donate the time it takes to share this on whatever TwitterSpaceBook you're using these days that would be amazing. I hope to see you in June... it's going to be great!!!
Breathe Easy! And keep your shoulders down.