Lieutenant Colonel (retired) Benefsheh Verell served twenty years in the Army as a Military Police and Information Operations officer. A graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, she’s deployed to Bosnia, Iraq, and Kuwait and has traveled all over the world. She currently lives in Japan with her active duty Army husband and two children.
Benef first tried yoga in 1999 while a Second Lieutenant at Fort Hood, Texas. She remembers feeling out of place and giggling the whole time while watching people stand on their heads. She did not go back to that yoga class. It wasn’t until 2008 after the birth of her second child and seeking some much needed alone time that she attended a yoga retreat at the Omega Institute. There she began to realize the power of yoga and meditation for personal healing and stress reduction.
In 2012, she completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training with the Kripalu Institute for Yoga and Health. Benef has since taught yoga in military communities and on deployments and completed her Warriors at Ease level two training in 2017. Her passion is to bring mindfulness practices to military communities and educate service members and their families about the mental, emotional, and physical benefits of yoga and meditation.
She is the author of “Military and Mindful – Eight Essential Elements to Manage Your Military Career and Motherhood.” She speaks and gives workshops in her community about mindfulness practices and teaches a Warriors at Ease yoga and meditation class.
Benefsheh Verell is a member of the Army of the United States (AUS) Retired List. Use of her military rank and job titles does not imply endorsement by the Department of the Army or the Department of Defense.