Yoga for injured military relatives

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Geneviève Gaudet, Coordonnatrice de soutien social aux familles, SSBSO

On September 19, relatives of soldiers suffering from an operational stress injury met at Idolem in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu for a free hot yoga session. The goal: to take a well-deserved break from their role as family caregiver.

The event was organized by the family component of the Operational Stress Injury Social Support (OSISS) program. It is an organization of the Joint Personnel Support Unit (JPSU) of the Department of National Defense in Montérégie.

When an active member or a veteran has a mental health problem related to their service, it is called Operational Stress Injury (OSI). This state has repercussions on his family at different levels. In most cases, it is the spouse of the injured member who keeps the family balance at arm's length for months or even years. This responsibility, even if it is fully assumed by love, makes the family caregiver often forget themselves. Everything goes to the well-being of the other and he has no time left for him.

An evening to recharge your batteries

Armed with a bottle of water, a towel and a rug, injured parents and spouses of military, as well as a few BSO veterans, settled in the Zen room. Four of their senses were solicited: a soothing fragrance tickled their nostrils, a haunting music caressed their ears, soft warmth enveloped them like a comforting blanket and the brightness was perfect to relax their eyes. All the ingredients were there to allow them to live a moment for them!

The session was conducted under the care of a yoga professional. Participants were able to discover that hot yoga helps eliminate stress and helps you develop healthier lifestyles. This is a discipline where everyone goes at their own pace, while respecting their limits. It is a very helpful tool when you want to get quality time.

At the end of the session, it was their fifth sense that was solicited while a smoking tea was waiting for them. The participants, who came from different regions, went home completely relaxed!



The pan-Canadian Operational Stress Injury Social Support program supports military and veterans with an operational stress injury and their families.

Co-ordinators are former members or family members who have experienced similar hardships and listen without judgment. The OSISS program also offers workshops and conferences that vary from region to region to better understand operational stress injuries and deal with the stigma of mental health. A simple call is enough to make an appointment. The exchanges remain strictly confidential
Information: 1-800-883-6094


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