an honor to serve

ive mentioned my friend, connie, several times on my instagram feeds.  and most of you know my love for yoga.  i met connie because she was in my teacher training class for yoga certification a few years ago at epic yoga in brentwood.  through some guidance of the epic yoga owner, she emerged from that training with an idea to bring yoga to the military, where they are.  and to serve.  her husband, greg, has deployed many times and is still in the reserves.  she recognized a really huge gap with soldiers, their care, and the enormous suicide rate - 22 military suicides a day.  ft campbell currently has the highest military suicide number in the nation, and she immediately went into action.  i tagged along as her assistant and partner, pregnant at the time with my youngest.  photography in the meantime has taken off for me, so now (when im available and have a sitter lined up) i go and document her incredible gift she gives these soldiers weekly. we reminisced this morning about that first time up there on a helipad with 20 soldiers.

three years later, she's still going strong and has branched out to reach the military on bases across the country through her nonprofit Joined Forces Yoga.  she hosts trainings for teachers nationwide, and has recruited volunteer teachers to serve through her nonprofit.  connie is AMAZING and an inspiration to me. she's dedicated her life to this work.  these soldiers give so much to us.  they give their lives for us every day.  

connie (and members of her nonprofit including myself) were honored yesterday for her service with a certificate of appreciation and also a black heart - the heart insignia is worn on each soldiers' helmet to signify their unit.  we are honored, humbled, and grateful for their recognition and its a token we will cherish forever. 

thank you to the soldiers who serve.  there's no greater gift.  and thank you to the 2nd Brigade Army Strike for having Joined Forces Yoga each week. 

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