Photo, LA Times

LA Times: Wounded Vets Turn To Yoga

An article from the L.A. Times.  SAN DIEGO — Army 1st Sgt. Chris Montera, who lost both legs above the knee and suffered third-degree burns over 60% of his body in a mortar attack in Afghanistan, is doing a headstand, guided by yoga instructor Sunny Keays. “It takes a lot of pressure off my back…

Screen Shot 2013-09-29 at 10.59.19 PM

Avoiding the conversation increases the stigma: Suicide

 If you’re feeling suicidal, please talk to somebody. You can reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or the Veterans Crisis LIne 1-800-273-8255 or text 2738255, and for the deaf: TTY 1-800-799-4889 or go to http://www.veteranscrisisline.net A few weeks ago, a former professor of mine jumped from a building and killed himself. He was (like so…

Short Film: Caregivers & Service members Talk About PTSD & Yoga

“As caregivers, we’re very good at compartmentalizing things because that’s what we have to do.” -Col. Patricia Lillis, Yoga & PTSD Documentary But the long term implications of shoving your feelings away can negatively affect both your mental and physical health. Watch this short documentary about how PTSD affects the lives of those who go through…

Screen Shot 2013-09-29 at 11.28.04 PM

Suicide: Can We Help Each Other Live Through This?

Live Through This Suicide: We feel the desperation, the cures that didn’t stick,  their guilt and pain.  While it’s tempting to gloss over suicide and cut straight to the tinkly music and let WarRetreat be a narcissistic yoga blog, it really doesn’t interest us. Because even if we’re on the mat, even if we’re feeling…

What Yoga Really Is: A Lesson

Our friend Paul Zipes recently shared with us a post from his blogger friend Auntie N over at Icy Exhale: Defrosting the Human Condition. We left compelled to share her post as it tells a story about what yoga is, what it isn’t, and unfortunately what it is often perceived as being. Thank you to…

“Good Bye Vietnam” A Veteran Claims His Peace

“Good Bye Vietnam” is a statement from Lance Corporal Chris Lambert USMC, 1968, Vietnam War. In this wise and inspiring peace, he says good-bye to the words, images, smells, and memories of people, political movements and all things connected to the Vietnam war that kept him locked in a 40-year fight with PTSD, resentment, and…

H-H-for-web-2013-flyer-632x480

In El Paso: Healers & Heroes Free Relaxation Clinic

From the Borderland Healing Arts Directory:  April 20, Free. See Details here at Borderlands Healing Arts Directory.  Retired social worker from the Ft. Bliss Recovery and Restoration Center, Gerald W. Vest, is part of the reputable effort. For specific times please see their blog by clicking on the image below!