A Stress Relieved on Duty

Paloma Chavez

DC_military-yoga.jpgAre you in the military forces or do you know anyone who is? Well, how does the idea of yoga for the Military sound to you?

Okay, so now you’re probably wondering how on earth yoga would fit into the military forces. Think about it – we all sometimes feel like we’re carrying a huge boulder of tension on our shoulders throughout the day.

As yoga practitioners, we have the benefit of knowing that any stress we carry can most likely be relieved after a focused session of yoga. Whether we’re with a group or in our own homes, the alleviation of tension after an exhilarating practice can help calm our minds and bodies and either ease us into the day or prepare us for our evening rest.

Imagine how much stress and tension people in the Military must go through – and not only on a daily basis. So doesn’t it make perfect sense to teach military personnel how to manage stress by calming their minds and spirits?

This stress management concept seems to be working well for the Central para-military forces in New Delhi, whose soldiers recently received a 10-day yoga camp training with highly respected yoga guru Baba Ramdev. The Indian Ministry of Home Affairs has recognized the effects of stress on its para-military forces and is planning to offer this yoga session to three to four thousand personnel. And in future, it is expected that further training will be given to additional personnel so that battalions in remote areas can receive the numerous benefits of yoga.

Hopefully, we’ll soon learn more about whether these special yoga sessions have positively impacted the lives of military personnel. You never know – once the benefits of yoga become apparent, we may be able to implement yoga camps into our own military forces. Wouldn’t that be a great idea?

For information on the yoga camp in New Delhi’s para-military forces, check out the following website: Yoga Camp for Para-Military Forces to be Held from Tomorrow.

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3 Responses to “A Stress Relieved on Duty”

  1. David says:

    Very good site. I loved your blog.

  2. Paloma says:

    Thank you for your comment. When I came across this story I was encouraged by the efforts that this military was making on behalf of their soldiers. I am currently communicating with two soldiers in Iraq that are often looking for ways to balance out their overwhelming experiences. I may just send them a portable yoga mat in my next care package!

  3. Brian says:

    As a servicemember currently serving in Iraq, I certainly agree that yoga has great potential to bring physical and mental balance to military life. I’m lucky enough to have my own room to practice in, but I would love to see access to yoga training on a larger scale. Thanks for sharing!

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