July 2018

14 15 OPENING LINES INJURED VETERANS INVIGORATED AT HEALING YOGA SESSION W ounded Warrior Project organized an adaptive yoga workout, recently in Den- ver, Colorado that focused on the indi- vidual needs and ability levels of injured veterans and their family members. Expert yoga instruc- tors provided personal coaching during the session. These types of clinics are offered through WWP’s Physical Health and Wellness program, designed to get warriors active and on a path to recovery, both physically and mentally. “My wife, Shawna, and I were motivated to sign up for this event after we discovered how healing yoga can be for the mind and body,” said Army veteran, Robert Bronte. The session involved a series of long-held poses and deep breaths designed to relax and invigorate the senses. “Our yoga session was lively, and the instructor was all in—and that was great.” “Despite the fact that yoga seems like more of a solitary activity, every- one, including the other veterans, were very approachable,” Robert said. “We’re looking forward to attending more yoga classes in our area, as well as signing up for cooking classes and skiing events next winter.” WWP Physical Health and Wellness events are designed to connect warriors with training, skills, and techniques that empower them to reduce stress, com- bat depression, and live an overall healthy and active lifestyle. Activities like yoga and socializing with other veterans can help injured warriors cope with stress and emotional concerns. In a WWP survey of the injured warriors it serves, more than half of survey respondents (51.6 percent) expressed they talk with fellow veterans to address their mental health issues, and 30.3 percent indicated physical activity helps. “Being a part of Wounded Warrior Project means you can get your life back on track,” Robert said, “and set yourself up for success.”