In bygone times, it would have been hard to imagine battle-toughened vets doing a classic “downward dog” pose. But things have definitely changed. These days, yoga is seen as a key element of the holistic approach represented by Total Force Fitness – a way of relaxing and reinvigorating the mind and body. Yep, yoga is now a legitimate part of the military mindset, both during and after service.
One of the leading lights in this area is Anu Bhagwati, the founder of Yoga for Vets NYC and a former United States Marine Corps Captain. From 1999 to 2004, Bhagwati served as a communications officer and martial arts instructor in the Corps. In 2009, she became the executive director of Service Women’s Action Network (SWAN), a New York City-based non-partisan advocacy and legal services organization for servicewomen and women veterans.
Her excellent article, “Yoga and PTSD: One Vet’s Story,” is a great read and really highlights the value of this ancient Indian discipline. We think you’ll find it to be fascinating and full of good ideas.