Finding Healing through Yoga in the Army

Can yoga help you when you can’t cope with life? Hear Benef’s story of being at her wit’s end while serving in the Army.  She was a mom and dual military spouse, serving on active duty. And she needed a way to find healing and keep moving forward. Luckily, she found that through Yoga.

Finding Healing through Yoga in the Army

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Retired Army Lieutenant Colonel

Benefsheh Verell (Benef) is a retired Army Lieutenant Colonel with twenty years of active duty service. She graduated from the United States Military Academy, West Point in 1997, and has a Masters of Science in Physical Geography from the University of Maryland. She spent ten years as a Military Police officer and ten years as an Information Operations officer.

Trauma-Sensitive Yoga

As a retiree, Benef remains passionate about educating service members of the benefits mindfulness practices have on the mind and body. She’s trained to teach trauma-sensitive yoga and is also on the board of directors of Warriors at Ease. Warriors at Ease is a non-profit organization that brings mindfulness practices to the military and veteran communities. She’s an iRest (Integrative Restoration) meditation teacher.  She also advocates to have mindfulness practices as part of a regular resiliency program that starts in basic training and continues throughout a service member’s career.

Volunteering in the Community

Benef continues to serve as a spouse and retiree through volunteering in the community as the president of the Zama Community Spouses Association, the treasurer for the Boy Scouts, advocating for mindfulness practices in the military, educating senior leaders about the benefits of mindfulness, meditation, and yoga, and mentoring service members and spouses. She is the author of Military and Mindful: Eight Essential Elements to Manage Your Military Career and Motherhood.

Dual Military

In this episode, we talked about the challenges of attending West Point. We also covered the challenges of being a dual military couple. It is often difficult for dual-military couples to manage their service, having a family, and being separated due to deployments and TDYs. Benef found herself struggling with life and that’s is when she found yoga as a place of healing and refocusing. It changed her life. 

The Transition Out of the Military

After 20 years of service, she transitioned out of the military. She found many challenges. Although she was ready to leave the military because she was tired and ready for a change. But she wasn’t mentally ready for the transition. She didn’t know what life would mean without her military service. She transitioned to the role of military spouse and mom. It has been a struggle. But through hard work and learning who she was and who she wanted to be, she is thriving today and even wrote a book. 

Are you leaving the military? Are you unsure what comes next? Struggling with what do next? I can help. I served in Air Force for six years before becoming a military spouse, mom and blogger. The transition from military to mom was a hard one for me and the one thing that helped me was finding purpose again. I want to help you navigate the transition of life after the military and help you thrive. I created a workbook with the tools I have learned the past four years. Leading me from lost, lonely mom to momprenuer. #militarylifeConnect with Benef (contains affiliate links):


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Mourning My Military Service – Episode 47

From West Point to Iraq – Episode 38

Serving in Iraq (the kickoff, the surge, the drawdown) – Episode 32

Post 9/11 Female Work Force Experience – Episode 78

Benef was struggling as service member, mom and spouse. She needed help, but didn't know how to find it, that is until she found Yoga and her life was completely changed.

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