Unfurling The Welcome Mat

Me and the family. Click to be taken to a story. Photo: Ana Venegas, OC Register

Welcome.

Life changes. When we closed the door on our private surgical practice in Los Angeles County, it was so my husband could start on a new path as a surgeon with the U.S. Army. We had worked with veterans from WWII and on. I knew my role as an Army wife would be to help the current generation as they came home from war. Hence, this blog has been five years, and two deployments in the making. 

War has a profound effect on body, mind, and spirit. Thoughts of war grip the body, tightens the muscles, and sends an unending profusion of related and non related thoughts through our minds. Every person deals with it differently: some are destructive, others aren’t. While not everyone develops PTSD, war is very much on the minds of those who experience it.

That’s why we’re here. To act as a platform for the many organizations reaching out to veterans. Many work on a shoe string, others enjoy a big budget. We’re not restricted to one type of activity: Sports, Outdoor recreation, the arts, service, any type of activity that helps you find camaraderie, a way to express yourself, that helps you find and enjoy a spot of inner peace.

One thing for sure: You’re not alone.

16 thoughts on “Unfurling The Welcome Mat”

  1. Glad to be connected here and to you Kanani……everything you say resonates with me and even when discouraged I know a door will open here to help those suffering in silence.

  2. It would be really helpful if more trainings were offered to civilian yoga teachers that helped create a bridge of understanding between the military and non-veteran teachers. I think Kripalu has something like that going. But something more accessible and less expensive would be good. In teaching Trauma Sensitive Yoga to veterans, I am always, constantly working on that bridge. Sometimes it works; sometimes it doesn’t. Passive postures for some can be terrible experiences for others and active postures for some can be humiliating for others. No one wants to be shown up. Ever. And there’s a whole lot of vulnerability that comes with moving from the outside of your life to the inside. Breath is one bridge; practice is another but then the teacher has to have to humility to know she can’t know. Much peace all, Beth

    1. Hi Beth,I am 81 year old who served as an officer in the Air Force during the Korean Conflict. While I still play tennis 3 times a week, I have also begun practicing yoga once a week .I can tell you that my local yoga teachers are doing a great job in S. Florida. They have a group called Connected Warriors. We have veterans and some active duty from every generation in our classes!
      Connected Warriors Yoga is branching out into other cities throughout USA. http://www.connectedwarriors.org

      1. Dear SOB, So sorry to see this so late! I’m glad that many opportunities are out there. And thank you for the resource above. Best wishes, Beth

      2. Beth, you run such a great program! Yes, Connected Warriors offers a free 4 hour training, which gives enough information to make people aware, and if they want to –seek more information. They will also provide the teacher with the mats, blocks, and straps if they’re without them for their class of veterans.

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