What we’re about: Restoration and Recovery Through Movement and Breath to help cope with the aftermath of war.
Trauma-sensitive yoga, mountain climbing, hiking, writing or riding, walking, dancing, fishing, are some of the activities covered on this blog, as well as studies, and upcoming events. This yoga blog is veteran, military and war community-centric.
- We serve as a free social networking platform for organizations with a focus on helping with the aftermath of war through movement, and breath. While WarRetreat does not offer programs, many others do, and we work to keep everyone informed.
We share information through Facebook, this blog, and Twitter at WarRetreat.*
- War Retreat is the home of the War Photographers’ Retreat held in honor of Tim Hetherington in 2011.
- War Retreat spreads the word about the work organizations are doing with veterans, and families to get them to experience relaxation through movement, breath, and being engaged in activities that inspire them.
- WarRetreat welcomes organizations and people to write posts for and share their events on this blog.
- WarRetreat has a preference for organizations that are veteran-initiated and run.
Daughter of a veteran, and wife of an active duty soldier who has deployed to Afghanistan. A long time organizer for non profit organizations, mental health advocate, and writer. Professionally, she is an outreach specialists for books, films, and documentaries (she worked on Restrepo and High Ground.) Her interest is in spreading the word about the abilities of veterans and their families, to emphasize the importance of movement and breath in finding relief from the aftermath of war, and encourage a more integrated approach to healing.
Jillian is a personal trainer and the youngest trauma-sensitive certified yoga teacher in the country. She taught at the Fitness Center at Nellis Air Force Base and consulted on a policy manual on trauma-sensitive yoga for a national yoga corporation. Jillian lives with her partner, a former U.S. Marine, Jillian is currently pursuing her doctorate in psychology to further her goal of working with veterans and military families.
As of 2013, MSgt Chris Eder joined us as a contributor.
Chris Eder is a certified Vinyasa/Hatha Interdisciplinary Yoga Instructor. His yoga journey began in 1999 after he encountered the joys of a pinched sciatic nerve, and a diagnosis of Adult ADD. A friend introduced him to yoga as an alternative to pain pills and other meds. He was hooked instantly as a student.
During a 2007 deployment to Baghdad Iraq with the Air Force, Chris began teaching a morning sunrise yoga class five days a week. Upon returning to Italy for his follow-on assignment, Chris attended Yoga Fit training and began teaching Vinyasa & Hatha inspired classes. He also taught yoga to Wounded Warriors returning from combat action as part of the Warrior Resiliency Program.
Chris is a graduate of Frog Lotus Yoga’s 200 hour teacher training, specializing in Vinyasa and Hatha Interdisciplinary classes. His classes are fun but focused. Chris has an infectious energy and mixes traditional yoga music with mainstream music. His intelligent sequencing and motivation make for an inspiring yoga experience. Chris is a 22-year Air Force veteran, still serving since August 1990. When not teaching yoga, he is teaching aspiring military broadcast journalists.