Give a Hand (and an Om) to the Military this Independence Day

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As we near the Independence Day holiday, some people start thinking about fireworks, picnics and family get-togethers. Others remember the sacrifices of those in the military who helped win our freedom and have helped us maintain it over the years.

Now is a good time to reach out to those military veterans and active service members at your clubs, especially if your facility is located near a military base or has a high retired military population. Instead of just offering a free weekend pass to active duty and retired military, offer programming specifically for them.

One option would be to offer a free yoga class for military only. We've all heard about the mental and physical benefits of yoga, but recently, at least one study showed how important the long-term practice of yoga is to alleviating physical pain. And few Americans must deal with more physical pain and mental stress than those who have been injured during long and repeated deployments overseas. It is not so far fetched to think of soldiers in a yoga class. Even the Army has recently looked to yoga to help soldiers. And when soldiers are surrounded by others in the class who know what they have been through, the experience is even more comfortable and meaningful for them.

Why not step in yourself and show the servicemen and women in your area that yoga can assist them in dealing with the physical pain and the mental stress they face? That is one way you can go the extra mile to show your patriotism this Fourth of July.

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