Our son is turning 18 this summer, which qualifies him to vote in the upcoming presidential election. When I turned 18, the draft had just been disbanded. I’ve heard my oldest brother talk about his brush with the draft, his near induction. Even though my dad was a military man, we five kids were all vehemently opposed to serving in the military. Like my wife Colleen’s mom and dad, Colleen and I would be the first to pack our bags to emigrate if any of our children were drafted. The thought of sending an 18- to 25-year-young person to war is completely incomprehensible to us.
In my college years, I was studying philosophy and physical therapy. In those years, physical therapy was just being implemented throughout the nation in health care facilities. Much of the boon to the physical therapy profession can be attributed to the Vietnam War. Many times, being a witness to a disabled vet on street corner, I have realized the importance of yoga with its practice for the mind, body, and spirit. With all the maimed minds and bodies from the present Iraq war, I realize how important it is to teach yoga techniques. I truly believe that yoga will be an irreplaceable lifeline that alleviates much of the unbearable suffering of these soldiers.