Warriors at Ease
Yoga & Meditation for Service Members & Veterans
There is an estimated 20.4 million veterans and 1.3 million active duty military in the United States, and over 1000 of them have been helped by the Warriors at Ease (WAE) program, and now I can bring this amazing program to the Monadnock area through group and private classes and coaching.
As a 500-Hr Advanced Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) and a Warriors at Ease Level I teacher, I can provide customized yoga and meditation experiences to veterans, service members and their families, in my area. Warriors at Ease is trauma-sensitive, culturally-sensitive, and evidence-based. Yoga and meditation has been shown to dramatically reduce stress, the effects of stress, ease symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress disorder (PTSD), help with common discomforts like chronic pain, anxiety, insomnia and more. It is a great companion practice to any type of wellness counseling.
Many people have asked me why I was interested in serving the military population. Although I have never served in the US military, my life has been impacted by service members. Both my maternal and paternal grandfather were in the US military, serving their country and as a prisoner of war. My step-brother has served in the Marine’s for over 20 years and served 3 tours of duty. I have numerous friends, family, and in-laws who have served or been impacted and I recognize the generational impact that military service can have on a generational level. I truly believe that through my work as a yoga, meditation and mindfulness teacher I can help people live healthier and happier lives when the employ these principles, but more so when they are happier and caring for themselves, they are making the world a better and happier place for everyone.
Contact me to set up a private session or find out how you can join me at a Warriors at Ease class.
Three key components of yoga that can be so helpful for veterans and service members are breath work, physical postures, and meditation. In a the trauma-sensitive class advocated by Warriors at Ease, the class is designed to create a welcoming space where participants can access the present moment and reclaim a sense of well-being.
Elements of trauma-sensitive yoga include no hands-on adjustment of participants’ postures during the classes, the avoidance of potentially vulnerable yoga positions, body sensing, using the English-language name vs. the Sanskrit name for each yoga pose, and giving participants the option of keeping their eyes open throughout the class. It also includes modifications for participants with combat-related wounds, traumatic injuries, and other health conditions that may warrant adaptive yoga practices.
For more information, please visit the Warriors at Ease Website.