Community members from the west to the east coast gathered virtually on May 23rd to participate in our Train Your Brain workshop. Collectively we looked at shifting our internal neural dialogue away from stressors to a more pleasurable or homeostasis state. Our takeaway was tools to support or enhance neuroplasticity, or the brain's ability to adapt. If you missed the workshop, here are four things to try:
1. Try learning and doing new things: learn a new language or hobby
2. Try doing routine things in a different manner: take a new route to work
3. Eat for brain well-being: blueberries, walnuts, and saffron spice
4. Move for brain well-being: aerobic activity, yoga, and tai chi
April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month (SAAPM). Tragically, sexual assault and harassment are systemically present throughout our communities, civilian, military, and first responder. In support of Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month (SAAPM), Humble Warrior Wellness & Yoga, Inc. will participate in a community event at Dobbins Air Reserve Base; Marietta, GA on April 3rd. With over 6,290 sexual assault cases reported by the Department of Defense (DoD) in 2020, greater awareness, training, and resources are being provided as an organized campaign. The focus for the event is on the 4 Pillars of Health, which are physical, mental, spiritual, and social pillars. We will be onsite sharing holistic approaches supporting the pillars.
Humble Warrior also held a "Personal Safety and Threat Mitigation" workshop. Protective Reach's Managing Partner, Dave Durden, provided the training based on his experience as a firearms instructor and 5-time combat veteran. Participants received situational awareness education, hands on training with a water defense spray, as well as instruction and practice with a kubaton and self-defense moves. Due to a generous grant received from Disabled Veterans National Foundation (DVNF), each participant received a personal safety kit upon completing the workshop.
For more information about our partner organization and this event, please visit their website: Protective Reach LLC
If you are a woman veteran or woman first-responder, you are invited to register and participate in a 6-week iRest workshop series. The workshop will take place once a week on Sunday nights, for six weeks. This is a building block workshop where each session will build on the previous sessions. If you register, please do your best to participate in all 6 sessions to receive the full experience and benefits of the class.
Dates: Sundays February 27, March 6, 13, 20, 27, and April 3
Time: 7pm EST
Where: your own home! The sessions will be hosted via Zoom. Link is provided upon registration
What you need: a willingness to explore deep relaxation, a comfortable and quiet place to set up, some basic props based on your needs (blankets, pillows, blocks, etc.) This practice is very accessible as it can be done lying down, sitting, standing, or any other position that you find comfortable.
Registration Link: https://forms.gle/rgT6GYtHm6ovdEKB7
This workshop series is being lead by Diane Flowers. Diane is a US Army veteran and certified yoga instructor (E-200 YRT / 500 YRT). She is currently completing certification as a Yoga Therapist. Along the way, she completed Level 1 iRest and Level 2 Warriors at East focused on trauma sensitive yoga, meditation and deep relaxation to support the health and healing of service members, veterans, and their families. Diane is also a co-founder of Humble Warrior Wellness & Yoga and a continuous supporter.
For questions about this offering, please email us at email@example.com
Learn more about Yoga for Sleep and its benefits by visiting our Yoga 2 tab in our Resources menu.
Humble Warrior provided Mindfulness training to the Mitsubishi Electric HVAC Leadership Development Group on June 15th and 16th in Alpharetta, GA. The group, along with their CEO Mark Kuntz, were introduced to the characteristics and benefits of mindfulness. The 45 attendees also practiced a variety of reframing and breathing techniques to bring home the concept.
The team then rolled up their sleeves and put together care packages for United Military Care, Georgia Military Women, and Humble Warrior--all veteran support organizations--as their 2021 Community Service Project. The amount and variety of items collected for women veterans was outstanding! The group’s 100+ handwritten notes of thanks and appreciation that accompanied the care packages captured the pure goodness of mindfulness!
Talent Development Manager, Marianne Greenfield, reported that “50% of attendees selected the Humble Warrior Mindfulness session as their golden take away from their entire conference experience.”
We hope you also explore the mindfulness characteristics of being non-judgmental, curious, and kind in order to enjoy some mindfulness benefits such as less stress, improved sleep, and enhanced well-being.
Learn more about Mindfulness and try some of our favorite practices and techniques, by visiting our Mindfulness tab.
On April 25th, Humble Warrior supported the Wounded Warrior Project’s 3-Day Wellness Expo. where we shared the benefits of eating a whole food plant-based diet with veterans in Atlanta, GA. Specifically, we took a look at “What Does a Healthy Diet Look Like?”
Harvard Health notes that “there is no single way to eat for good health. That’s why some people feel good on a vegan diet while others may prefer paleo or the latest fad.” One way we can pull together the best practices is to eat:
Learn more about Plant Based Eating and try some of our favorite recipes by visiting our Food tab.
March is Mindfulness Month! To celebrate and to bring awareness to the practice, we held a Mindfulness Workshop on Zoom. We offered it as a way to connect, breathe, and let go. Keep reading to find out how it went and give it a try for yourself.
This mindfulness practice brings together gentle movement, focused breathing, and journaling to enhance overall well-being. Intentionally letting go by being mindful is a wellness practice to feel supported and have more freedom and spaciousness in your body, breath, mind...and in turn life. Journaling our thoughts reduces stress and anxiety and helps us learn from our experiences while strengthening our immune system. Please find a comfy chair or seat, something to write with, and a journal if you have one. Let’s get started…
You can use this mindful practice that combines gentle movement, focused breathing, and journaling to enhance your overall well-being.
References: Information from the following resources have inspired or been adapted into an integrated mindfulness practice: “How to Breathe” by Ashley Neese, Eat Pretty Everyday by Jolene Hart, the Himalayan Institute’s identification of the 5 qualities of the breath, gentle yoga by Raquel Durden--500YTT RYT and Humble Warrior Co-Founder and Director, and journaling by Teresa Ramsey--retired English teacher and Humble Warrior Co-Founder and Director.
Learn more about Mindfulness and try out some different mindfulness exercises by visiting our Resources page.
On June 25, Humble Warrior hosted an “Attitude of Gratitude Journaling Workshop” on Zoom. We were honored to partner with Sarah Barnett, outreach specialist for Wounded Warrior Project. During the workshop, participants were taught how to journal, reasons to journal, and benefits of journaling. The participants were emailed a handout and several journaling prompts to begin their journaling experience.
The remainder of the workshop was spent discussing how to create an “attitude of gratitude” journal as well as the benefits of being grateful. The participants were given personal and scientific evidence-based information on specific benefits of keeping a journal and of having an attitude of gratitude. Neuroscience Reveals: Gratitude Literally Rewires Your Brain to be Happier is a scientific evidence-based article that gives excellent information how to become more grateful as well as the benefits of being more grateful. Another article referenced during the workshop is a Weight Watchers’ article by Lisa Shouldice where she explains the benefits of and four ways to become more grateful.
During and after the informative session, the participants were given journaling prompts and an opportunity to share and ask questions. At the end of the workshop, the participants asked for another journaling workshop next month!
We have another journaling workshop planned with Wounded Warrior Project on July 30, 2020, from 3:00-4:30. Humble Warrior is also making plans for a “Benefits of Plant Based Eating Class” via Zoom or in person, a simple yoga and mindfulness/meditation workshop in person, and a one-day retreat in the fall. For more information, contact Sarah Barnett at SBarnett@woundedwarriorproject.
If you are a part of a female veteran or first responder organization that would like to partner with Humble Warrior to host a Zoom workshop, an in person workshop, or a one day retreat, please email us at Teresa@humblewarrior.org or Raquel@humblewarrior.org. We would be honored to work with you.
For more resources on the benefits of journaling, and tips to get you started, click below to visit our Resources page.