Iraq War veteran and author Benefsheh Verell said she became interested in meditation after attending a yoga retreat in upstate New York in 2008. SETH ROBSON/STARS AND STRIPES
Iraq War veteran and author Benefsheh Verell said she became interested in meditation after attending a yoga retreat in upstate New York in 2008. SETH ROBSON/STARS AND STRIPES

Troops should learn meditation in basic training, veteran yoga instructor says

by Seth Robson
Stars and Stripes

CAMP ZAMA, Japan — The Army should start teaching soldiers meditation techniques in basic training to make them more resilient to trauma they might face in combat, according to the author of an upcoming book on military mindfulness.

“Military and Mindful: Eight Essential Elements to Manage Your Military Career and Motherhood,” by Iraq War veteran Benefsheh Verell will be published in December.

The Zama-based Army spouse and former military policewoman said she became interested in meditation after attending a yoga retreat in upstate New York in 2008.

“I was a captain in the Army teaching at West Point while my husband was deployed to Iraq,” she said May 30 at Zama. “I was looking after my 2 ½ year old and pregnant with our daughter and working full time and I was drowning. I was angry all the time.”

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