#109: Tristan Rose - Changing how we think of Yoga for Veterans

By Jordan Michaelides
March 12, 2019

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Tristan Rose (@tristanrose.com.au) is the Founder of a Veteran-focused Yoga and Meditation service Blind Tiger Yoga, and a former soldier in The Royal Australian Regiment.

For a long time, I’ve wanted to interview a former Veteran to get a better grasp of how this community perceives itself amongst the general civilian population. War and violence are at times, necessary, and so I wanted to understand how they view that necessity. For quite some time I would continually pitch former and current special forces operators only to have repeated “no’s” come back. After interviewing Tristan, I started to understand why.

The way we treat Veterans in Australia, as a general population, is strange. Whether it’s sticking our head in the sand about suicide post-discharge (through masking statistics), making it hard for veterans to make medical claims, or going along with a culture that doesn’t allow us to celebrate the commitment these individuals make post-career.

I realised that during the research process, and indeed the interview, how important Tristan’s work is. Blind Tiger Yoga - a team focused on complementing health management for Veterans and First Responders - could be the connective tissue that links a multitude of modalities in a Veteran’s life, giving it a wholeness and meaning in a system that has washed people away.

This was an eye-opening conversation, that I thank Tristan for allowing me to be a part of, including:

  • Teaching Yoga & Meditation to Veterans

  • Tristan’s life-changing Yoga moment

  • Compartmentalising as a soldier

  • Australia vs U.S Veteran treatment

  • Being a Veteran in Australia

  • Veteran mental health & suicide

  • What Blind Tiger Yoga does

Enjoy the episode!

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01:27 - Introduction

04:30 - Worst health advice from Yoga Teachers

10:45 - Teaching Yoga & Meditation to Veterans

13:57 - Yoga without ego

16:01 - Lifting the lid of Pandora’s Box

20:56 - Tristan’s life-changing Yoga moment

26:42 - Compartmentalising as a soldier

28:18 - Earliest memory of wanting to be in the military

29:36 - Australia vs U.S Veteran treatment

35:03 - Being a Veteran in Australia

44:58 - Veteran mental health & suicide

54:21 - Recovery and accountability

57:21 - Bearing the weight of helping others

01:02:29 - Blind Tiger Yoga

01:06:09 - Yin Yoga & Yoga Nidra

01:15:00 - Relating to your audience

01:16:14 - Practice what you preach

01:20:25 - Most impactful stories

01:24:55 - No silver bullet

01:29:14 - Morning routine

01:32:34 - Book recommendations

01:34:37 - Best purchase under $200


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