Research shows that yoga and relaxation practices help veterans reintegrate after the challenging experiences of military service. In this yoga retreat for male veterans, you learn techniques to comfort the body, ease the mind, and promote healing.
Guided by Annie Okerlin and veteran Nicholas Caris, and supported by a community of brothers, you practice yoga to gently open the body. You learn to modify postures to accommodate your unique physical limitations and ailments, including chronic pain, joint and spinal pain, neck and shoulder discomfort, and amputations.
You also experience daily iRest (Integrative Restoration) sessions, a technique endorsed by the U.S. Army Surgeon General and offered at military hospitals nationwide. A guided meditation based on the ancient practice of Yoga Nidra, iRest promotes deep relaxation, awareness, and acceptance of everything as it is. It helps the nervous system return to a balanced state of well-being, which is necessary to heal unresolved trauma and physical and emotional wounds.
Downtime in nature gives you the chance to integrate what you learn. You leave with tools and skills to continue your healing journey at home.
Application is required; apply early, as enrollment is limited and spots fill quickly. Full tuition for this retreat is $395; scholarships are available to cover all but $75 of the total cost.
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