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Veteran/ 200 RYT(Registered Yoga Trainer)
I was born in Vicenza, Italy June 1, 1979, to parents who were both in the Army. My mother Judith Ann was a nurse, and my father Lawrence Daniel was an Airborne Ranger. I’m the oldest of 5 children.
Having parents in the military, also gave me a unique view on what stress can do to someone who chose to serve as a peacekeeper. While my father was and still is my hero, I, unfortunately, fell prey to his rage. From a very young age, I was beaten and broken by the man who I looked up to the most.
I could tell that it wasn’t my father. It was if Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde was my father. Every day I heard his vehicle pulling up to the house, I had to think on all the things I did through the day and ensure that I didn’t miss some minuscule chore so’s not to inflame his rage.
Unfortunately, no matter what happened or how to complete my list of tasks, it was set in his mind that he would release his burden on someone else. Somehow, I convinced myself at a young age that it wasn’t his fault, and he needed me. My entire childhood was then spent making sure I allowed him to focus on me so he would leave my mother and 4 siblings alone.
Many times, when he went after the rest of the family, I found myself turning his attention to me by any means necessary. Thankfully I had cub scouts as a young boy and boy scouts in my teenage years. This allowed me to work on myself, and to learn skills that would help me cope with life.
If not for the cub scout pack, and boy scout troops I don’t know that I would have been able to make it through my teenage years. In high school, I also started running track, playing football, and playing in the school band. Music helped center my soul and allowed me an escape from the world.
When I was 17, I decided it was time to go out on my own, and what better way than to join the military, and serve others. In 1997 I left for Air Force basic training in San Antonio, Texas. I signed up as a C-130 Loadmaster and had no idea that the training I was about to receive would change my life forever. After basic & technical training I was tasked to go through S.E.R.E training.
This is where the gap in understanding why my father was the way he was, would be filled. The situations that we are put in in the military are life and death. I now understood why my father was so angry all the time.
The stress of, not only fighting for your own life but more so making sure that the men and women you are with make it home, is beyond description.
After S.E.R.E training I was assigned to one of the most deployed squadrons in the Air Force. I traveled the world in a short time and spent time in the middle east. In 1999 we were tasked to Germany to support Operation Anvil in Yugoslavia.
On our way out of the combat area, I was strapped into one of the rear windows of the C-130 where I served as a lookout for enemy missile batteries. Suddenly our alarms went off and we took evasive maneuvers.
Yanking & banking back and forth I set off chaff and flares while looking for the threat. Little did I know this incident would change my life as I knew it forever. I felt so helpless and powerless in that situation.
When we got back home after the conflict ended, we decided took some R & R (Rest & relaxation). We went to the lake for some fun. My buddy was driving the wave runner, and I was being pulled on an innertube. We were traveling at high speeds when the wave runner turned left suddenly.
I flew off the inner tube and the last thing I remember was hitting the water. Suddenly I woke up in an ambulance, with an EMT asking me if I could feel the needle, he was pricking me with all over. I couldn’t move or feel anything. Fear immediately set in.
The next few days would shape my life in such a different way. Laying there being a prisoner in my own body, I couldn’t help but hear the alarm bells going off in my head and feeling the fear I did while I was overseas.
Something clicked and I decided that this would not be my life. Though I was told that this could be my condition for life, I asked the nurses to move my arms and legs. Thankfully after the first couple of days, I started feeling tingles down my mid back and feeling came back to my upper body.
I knew I would overcome this from that point forward, but I knew it wouldn’t be easy. It took about 2 months for most of the feeling to come back and to gain the ability to walk assisted.
Unbeknownst to me, my physical therapist was using yoga postures to help with my recovery. It took a full year to get up and walking normally. My military career was of course over at this point.
In 2000 I moved to Las Vegas and started a family. Though I love my 3 children and love being a father, I had more to overcome. The next few years I felt a lack of purpose and there seemed to be a big hole in the center of me.
I traveled down some dark paths and got caught up in drugs and alcohol. Anything that would help me deal with the pain and the lack of understanding why this all happened to me.
Shortly after moving to Las Vegas, I was introduced to a home workout that included yoga. I noticed the more I practiced yoga that my pain diminished, and my mind was more focused.
My friend brought me to TruFusion, and I started practicing more and more yoga. I was hooked. Great people and an amazing environment. Just before one of the classes the master instructor trainer heard my story and wanted me in yoga instructor training.
I excitedly accepted and began my training. I knew I had found my calling! For almost 2 years now I have helped create space for others to find themselves and overcome physical & mental limitations through yoga. For this reason, I have created Warriors for Life America.
A non-profit concentrating on bringing balance back to the lives of our Military, Veterans & first responders. We also work with the community to create a better world and to help others find their new purpose in life. I am excited to make a difference and love to add value to others lives.
M.A. / 200 RYT(Registered Yoga Trainer)
Born and raised in Southern California and currently enjoying life in Las Vegas Nevada for the last five years, Desiree finds herself living each day to its fullest!
She holds a degree from Cal Poly Pomona and a Masters in Marriage and Family therapy from Hope International University. For the last 10 years. Desiree has worked in the non-profit sector where she spent most of her time with Mothers Against Drunk Driving.
More recently at March of Dimes, she implemented and created programs for families in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. As long as Desiree is able to serve others for a living, she is living her true “Why.”
In 2016 Desiree decided to expand her knowledge of holistic wellness by becoming a certified 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher. She then added to that realm of education with getting certifications in Yin Yoga, Trigger Point therapy, Hands-on Assists, and Advanced Hands-On Assists.
By pairing all of above with her specialized mental health training in trauma, postpartum depression, grief, and bereavement, she brings in true authenticity and shares inspiring, message-based yoga, where students feel safe, loved, beautiful, and energized.
Desiree has brought Yoga experiences and talks to both music and yoga festivals such as EDC (Electric Daisy Carnival), Daylight Beach Club, M Resort & Spa, and all over the US.
When not teaching yoga Desiree is a Mind Body Soul Coach who works with clients across the globe. She guides clients to emotional healing by digging deep, helping them find their true “Why,” prompting changes for overall wellness, and reigniting the spark within.
In her free time, Desiree loves looking or the best tasting cheeseburgers and spending quality time with her husband and three dogs Myla, Muffin, and Mia.
Veteran/ 200 RYT(Registered Yoga Trainer)
At age 18 I enlisted in the United States Air Force as Security Forces, although I gained many valuable life experiences and genuine connections during my enlistment at times life was a true struggle because I wasn’t allowed to live authentically.
For over 6 years I served under constant stress. I was forced to live a lie. It got to the point I could no longer bear living that lie and attempted to end my life.
At this time I knew I had no other option but to courageously start living my truth. That was about 5 years ago when I made the difficult transition out of the military and that’s when my yoga journey began. I was the person in the back of the room who did not want to be seen.
Not only was I hiding from others, but most of all I was hiding from myself. During the yoga class, for the first time ever, I was able to be fully present in both my body and at the moment. That moment completely changed my life and a healthy addiction was formed.
I found yoga to be incredibly healing to my mind, my body, but most of all my soul! I was so inspired that I went on an adventure to the yoga capital of the world Rishikesh, India and received my first 200h teacher training certification.
Months later, I returned to the United States and continued additional training under the guidance of my mentors at my home studio, Trufusion. My mission is to inspire others to live Their Truth to the Fullest Potential and to Never Ever Give Up!
My personal mantra is ”Be You, Be True, That’s Beautiful!”
Follow my journey on Instagram @jaycamiam
Our community of Warriors is here to support you on your journey. We understand that community is the most important part of healing. Sometimes the things that we go through give us a bleak outlook on our future and create certain coping mechanisms, including isolation. We’re excited to welcome you to the family. Together we will overcome and inspire others.
We are honored to serve our Warriors. Side by side we will explore self-regulation techniques that help manage stress and calm the mind. Being able to ground yourself in the moment helps bring you back to the happier life that we all want.
We feel that our Warriors deserve the upmost respect and care for their service to this country. In that spirit, all of our classes and events are free for our Warriors. Our goal is to help you find a healthier state of mind.