Labyrinth Hosts President Obama, Wounded Vet & His Family Doing Yoga

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza:President Obama with military family on NICOE labyrinth Bethesda MD

Aug. 26, 2016
“While visiting service members receiving therapy at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Master Chief Petty Officer David Hall asked the President if he would join him and his family in a yoga therapy session at the National Intrepid Center of Excellence. Master Chief Petty Officer Hall of the SEAL, Naval Air Station Ocean, Va., was injured while deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, where he suffered multiple Traumatic Brain Injuries. He has served in the Navy for 26 years and has deployed five times.” 

Just released in the latest batch of official White House photographer Pete Souza's candid photos of the president. The hardwood labyrinth is in the center of the National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICOE) which treats our vets with brain injuries. When not used for walking mediation, the labyrinth provides a sun-filled meeting space for small group activities such as the yoga session pictured. 

NICOE is part of the Bethesda MD hospital complex which includes Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, the National Naval Medical Center, and the National Institutes of Health.

The labyrinth is our St. Paul a la Chartres 7 circuit design, custom crafted from natural maple and cherry wood planks specifically for this space at NICOE. More information and photos of this labyrinth and other hardwood designs can be seen here:

Hardwood Floor Labyrinths

David Tolzmann
David Tolzmann


1 Response

Salimu Ridgeway
Salimu Ridgeway

February 29, 2020

Interesting. Never heard of such meditation

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