These Photos of Veterans Practicing Yoga Will Leave You In Awe

The stories of these 12 warriors show the healing power of yoga.

If you have a regular yoga practice, you know how healing it can be. For many military veterans and active duty service members, yoga has helped to ease the trauma, emotional or physical pain, and stress and anxiety that comes with serving our country.

In honor of Veterans Day, Yoga Journal partnered with photographer Robert Sturman to share photos and stories of 12 incredible service members who have made yoga a part of their lives. Some turned to this practice after leaving the military, while others integrated it into their active duty schedules. All have a unique story of how yoga has impacted them—and how they utilize the practice to show up for themselves, their colleagues, and families.

See also: Trauma-Informed Yoga for Healing