A Game Changer for Veterans
Each Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. to 10, Jennifer Wright, BA, MBA, ERYT, Director of Wellness at REAL Human Performance, LLC, leads a Mindful Yoga Therapy for Veterans class. All Cincinnati area veterans, active duty military and law enforcement officers are invited to join.
Stresses encountered in military training, combat and civilian reintegration can often lead to chronic stress and unhealthy coping skills. War is not black and white. As veterans return from war, there is a lot of gray to process and new purpose to find. After leaving a 13-year Department Of Defense career in human performance, Wright began instructing this trauma-oriented yoga protocol. Using her self-care experience in mindfulness and yoga, she now instructs veterans of all ages how to utilize coping skills to complement the intense work of treatment and recovery. Wright also instructs at The Joseph House, VA Domiciliary, Veteran’s Treatment Court and in the VA Trauma Recovery Center.
Veterans are putting their practice to use “off the mat.” They regularly share how they use mindful breath practices as well as cognitive-behavioral treatments to help them walk past a heroin house or how focused meditation helps them understand and manage spiraling thoughts and emotions.
In a world of chronic stress, many veterans that have not been able to sleep well without the use of substances often implement these learned restorative practices to relax the brain and body and achieve better sleep patterns. With the training, it is remarkable to watch real time self-soothing when a veteran has a triggered memory.Edit ModuleShow Tags