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Milwaukee VA Medical Center

 

A healthy stretch -- Warrior Stance

Namaste

Responsible yoga is healthy yoga.

By Benjamin Slane
Friday, January 30, 2015

Milwaukee VA rolled out a new and improved yoga program for Veterans in January. Warrior Stance is a revitalized, free, wellness program for all Veterans.

More than 25 Veterans packed the recreation room. Exceeding instructor Erin Bullock’s expectation.

“A dozen Vets, that was expected,” said Bullock. “I was pleasantly surprised with how willing Veterans were to try new techniques and poses.”

The group of men and women Veterans ranged in age from 29 to 92.

Bullock said yoga, the moving gently through the postures and engaging in flexibility and balance exercises, helps strengthen weakened muscles from lack of movement. She said, it is also a good way to slow down the mind with useful breathing.

“So this might be a 60-minute period in their day where they are not thinking about anything but their breathing,” said Bullock.

Warrior Stance is backed by primary care provider, Dr. Margaret Holmes.

“Yoga is very healthy,” said Holmes. “It helps with stress, physical pain.”

She also said yoga is needs practiced with moderation to prevent injury.

“Responsible yoga is healthy.”

Willard Bertram, a 92-year-old World War II Veteran, participated in the first Warrior Stance class after reading about it in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

"I do not know if once a week is good enough,” said Bertram, who served in the Pacific Theater. “I want more and I want to loosen up more!”

As a Veteran, Bertram likes the benefit of being a Veteran at the yoga class.

“I like that I am there with other Veterans, if I am with them, it is like being with family. That is a big benefit.”

 

As of October 2015, Warrior Stance is Tuesdays, 4:15-5:15 p.m., in Rm. B105 of Building 43.

Interested in Warrior Stance? Check out the Warrior Stance webpage, contact SCI staff, DOM 123 or Erin Bullock at 414-384-2000, ext. 46815, erin.bullock@va.gov.

Employee yoga is also offered, contact Bullock for more information.

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