11.11 Veteran's Day Yoga | 12-1 p.m. & 6-7 p.m.
HK @VTCRC - 1800 Kraft Dr., Suite 111, Blacksburg VA.
Join Erin Doty, certified Yoga Warriors International teacher, for an inspiring, empowering, and strengthening yoga class. In unison, creative and safe yoga postures, cooling breathing techniques, and mantras help to balance the body, quiet the mind, and support relaxation. Leave class vitalized, empowered, & centered. *Advance registration suggested.
$10 | *FREE* for USA military, first responders, and spouses.
*Proceeds donated to EOD Warrior Foundation.
"Yoga’s physical postures promote healthy, flexible bodies and often provide relief from pain. The class is so gentle that veterans, many of whom have other health conditions or serious physical limitations, find the postures comfortable and easy to do.
Yoga directly addresses the fight-or-flight response, which is at the heart of PTS. The fight-or-flight response is a reaction that prepares the body to fight or flee from perceived threat. Because yoga deals directly with the mind-body connection, it helps veterans retrain the fight-or-flight response. Now, when they confront a situation that triggers their memories, instead of resorting to aggression or drowning in fear, they have other options: deep breathing, for example, as a means to self-calm. Other benefits include:
The release of emotional issues.
Help towards relaxing and strengthening the body.
Unfreezing bad memories and creating new bodily memories.
Giving feelings of joy and personal empowerment.
The mind becomes more clear and open.
It produces acceptance of the self.
Life feels better balanced.
It allows one to safely express stored emotions such as guilt, shame, anger, sadness and grief so those feelings can be understood and integrated.
A regular yoga practice helps alleviate symptoms of PTS including anger, anxiety, depression, guilt and paranoia.
Yoga Warriors is designed specifically to assist soldiers in coping with Post Traumatic Stress as well as the daily and specific stresses that military members are exposed to. The classes are also open to those from other high stress environments in addition to the caregivers and family members of those affected."
MSgt (Ret.) M. Kredell and EOD Team Leader
"The EOD Warrior Foundation is unique in the fact that it helps all EOD operators in all four military services. Since 2001 EOD has suffered some the most traumatic injuries in the war on terror. Some of these wounds are external and some are internal. Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), PTSD, and loss of limb(s) and eye sight. The EOD Warrior Foundation understands EOD and knows how to best help meet the needs of our wounded warriors.
Yoga, for me, challenges me internally at a level that was mentally similar to defusing IEDs in the war. A physical enemy is easy to kill and train for, but IEDs provide a whole new variety of fighting the enemy. It was like mental chess, move/counter - move with the enemy to find them and defuse the IEDs. Some days we averaged over 20 IEDs defused a day and worked 24/7 to try and get them all. This operational level can/does take a toll over the years and is compounded by the deaths of team members and other ground troops. I have found yoga to really help build mental toughness and challenge me to be able to train longer and more intensely. But at the same time it allowed me focus and release a lot of metal and physical stress.
When I got home from 14 years of war, my body was broken. Trying to maintain the level of fitness needed for mission readiness was rough and caused mental stress. Yoga helped me gain physical and mental balance in my life. It helped with torn muscles and nerve damage physically, while mentally it helped me clear my mind and focus at a level similar to that of defusing IEDs.
I am a work in progress, on the mend, but getting better everyday. Yoga has helped me make these gains across the full spectrum of my life."