So, I've just finished reading the new release
Yoga for Warriors by Beryl Bender Birch
First, let me just say that it is no secret how much I love Beryl. She is after all the first lady of Power Yoga! Her Power Yoga: Total Strength and Flexibility Workout was such an inspiration to my 1990’s weightlifting weary body that I revived my yoga practice and never looked back. Meditations for Everyday Mindfulness was the first audio meditation I could ever stand to listen to without gagging over some pseudo-yogi-enlightened voice.
I have buried myself in every book Beryl has written, fallen in love with, dedicated my practice to, and for more than 11 years now, taught this Astanga like system that allowed me the freedom to learn, explore and discover my true nature. Since returning stateside, I have attended every local opportunity and attempted to glean every bit of life wisdom she cares to impart. If Beryl is in town I am there!
With all that being said, those who know me know how hard I have worked and how seriously I feel about the recognition of this physically, mentally and spiritually healing practice within our military community. For several years I have taught in this demographic and have publicly spoken out and strived toward bringing the practice of Yoga and Yoga Therapy to our servicemen and women in an official capacity.
So... it is not lightly, nor in mere loyalty to this amazing woman, her inspiring life, dedicated practice or work with Give Back Yoga, that I say...
Yoga for Warriors by Beryl Bender Birch fills an open chasm for military members and their families dealing with the effects and uncertainty of a chaotic active duty life. Now, more than ever, we need the benefits yoga can provide as a complimentary and sometimes, primary healing modality for reducing the effects of trauma, anxiety and stress faced by our military servicemen and women. This book is by far, the most comprehensive, most mindfully prepared and creatively accessible compilation on the competent use of yoga asana, pranayama and meditation for military members that has ever been drafted.
Beryl’s newest release is a much needed beacon of light in the depths of a pain filled abyss shared across a multi-generational population of our armed services.
Bravo Beryl! You never cease to generously deliver and share your love for this practice to those who will never forget the gifts hidden within your voice, your actions and the words printed on your pages.
Christine Marcella ~YogaStine ॐ
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