Honouring our Troops
Over the last 10 years, I’ve had the honour of witnessing the Remembrance Day march in Toronto as their route takes them straight by my apartment. This past Sunday morning as I sat cuddled up on my couch drinking my morning coffee, I could hear the drums off in the distance, reminding me of the march. I went up to my front window to wait for them to show my respect as they went by. These are the men and women who hold the peace for us in Canada, many of whom have been deployed and for the rosy-cheeked kids in the back have yet to make their mark. This year, I saw the parade with new eyes.
Having spent much of the last year dedicated to educating others about trauma-informed Yoga and Yoga for PTSD. First of all I realized the lack of awareness of this parade and the small media attention that Remembrance Day even gets in Canada. The statistics (stats can) for regular force members show 48.4% (half!) will experience mental health and/or alcohol dependence in their lifetime. Of that 12% will experience anxiety, 11% PTSD and 32% will experience alcohol abuse/dependence.
So how can we help?
- Be informed: Understand the parameters behind teaching trauma-informed yoga or fitness classes. YogaFit for Warriors Trainings discuss the science behind trauma and PTSD and how to set up safe, inspiring and enjoyable classes.
- Share resources: Find out what resources are offered in your community, volunteer or simply share the info to help get the word out. GoodLife Fitness has launched a program called Vet Fit, which offers discounted rates to Military Vets to encourage them to stay healthy (mentally and physically) through fitness.
- Share your love of fitness: As fitness professionals we know that balanced nutrition and regular workouts improve both mental and physical wellbeing. Continue to do what you do best. Be a role model in your own daily practice to inspire others to do the same.