Veterans Yoga Project

Veterans Yoga Project is devoted to enhancing access to yoga resources for Veterans with PTSD and other trauma-related difficulties.

Veterans Yoga Project is devoted to enhancing access to yoga resources for Veterans with PTSD and other trauma-related difficulties. This includes direct resources about PTSD and PTSD treatments, especially therapeutic yoga practices. It also includes promoting education for yoga teachers who wish to learn the essential elements to working effectively Veterans with PTSD.

Objectives: 1. To provide resources and support to Veterans with PTSD and other psychological distress. o Via website resources o Via our veterans yoga groups o Via distribution of CD, practice guide, and similar resources 2. To educate yoga therapists in the mindful provision of yoga to Veterans with PTSD and other psychological distress. o Via training workshops 3. To increase the availability of Mindful Yoga Therapy in mental health treatment programs for Veterans. o Via education of clinicians and policy makers o Via quality research

Mission: To provide education and support for the mindful use of therapeutic yoga practices as an aid in the recovery process from PTSD and other psychological distress among US Veterans, their families, and their communities.

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Take a yoga class and depression and anxiety improve - Neuroscience News Yoga intervention reduces symptoms of depression and anxiety while increasing feelings of positivity.

Sean Poynter - Testimonial

"One thing I liked about it was my body was not going the direction he was instructing but he said 'you know what, go at your own tempo' and I started getting comfortable."

Hear what else Sean Poynter, USAF 1986-2015 has to say about his Yoga experience.

Breaking News! We've had an OVERWHELMING responce to our Mindful Resilience Yoga Teacher Training (MRYTT-200) application request. THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION CLOSES AT MIDNIGHT TONIGHT, December 6th, 2019. This also includes those who have applied but have not provided proof of service. With Gratitude.

Thank you to the 100's of studios teachers and yogi's that made the 6th Annual Veterans Yoga Project Gratitude Week a smashing success! Each logo represents such love and passion.
Thank you to our Director of Programs Brianna Rennerfor putting the hours in to craft this collage

In order for your VYP Merch to arrive by Christmas you must place your no later than December 12th, 2019. Orders can still be placed after the 12th however our ability to ship won't happen until late December.

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We thank you for all that you do for this organization!

❤️ Giving Tuesday is TOMORROW! This is your chance to make a difference. Help us reach our goal for this important cause.

❤️ Please follow the link below to donate!

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Make sure to set your charity on Amazon Smile in advance so that you don't miss the opportunity to support recovery and resilience among our veterans, families, and communities through Veterans Yoga Project.

[11/30/19]   Southern California you have two approaching chances to train with Veterans Yoga Project. Santa Barbara is FAST approaching in January. Huntington Beach MRT training is February 14th-16th. For more details and to register follow the link. We love the photo of our team shot by @Robert Sturman.

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Veterans Yoga Project Gratitude Week Fundraiser held in Tunis Tunisia at the North Africa American Cemetery. So grateful to Leah Harvey who is a military spouse and yoga teacher @usembassytunis. Thank you Thank you for all of your support!

Now is a great chance to pick up some of our VYP gear, support a great cause, and everyone's money!! Click "Shop Now" tomorrow morning to check out our #blackfriday #sales

Have a Happy Thanksgiving! Hoping your Thanksgiving is filled with joy and much to be thankful for.

Save the Date: #GivingTuesday is December 3! We’re proud to be a part of this global celebration of giving. Stay tuned over the next few days to see how you can help be apart of a global generosity movement that unleashes the power of people
and organizations to transform their communities and their world.

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"By providing support to all veterans, whether they are currently struggling with severe symptoms, or they are focused on increasing resilience and giving back to others, Veterans Yoga Project is doing its part to serve those who have served."

The Science of How Mindfulness Relieves Post Traumatic Stress - Mindful

Another reminder of the power of the practice. An exploration of how traumatic stress affects the brain, and the research suggesting that mindfulness practices may help individuals be more equipped to handle the emotional and physical distress of PTSD.

Let's welcome our graduates of Mindful Resilience Training from Long Island NY. Grateful and thankful for our expanding Teachers Alliance to deliver expanded training to more veterans.

Very grateful 🙏🙏🙏to all who came out in support of our 6th Annual Veterans Yoga Project Gratitude Week event. Special thanks to the Cradle of Aviation Museum for a beautiful venue as we practiced Yoga under the Wings of Blue Angel.🇺🇸🇺🇲️🇺🇲️ #VeteransYogaProject; #VGW2019

Are you unable to attend a #VYP Gratitude Week class but want to support recovery and resilience among our veterans, families, and communities?

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We want to know where you are practicing this years VYP Gratitude Week ? Tell us in the comments or tag your studio!


Veterans Yoga Project Announces 200 Hour Mindful Resilience Yoga Training for Vets

VYP received a generous grant from the National Football League and Bob Woodruff Foundation which partially funds the creation of Veterans Yoga Project Yoga Academy.

This grant funds 20 scholarships for Veterans or Active Duty ONLY to become certified yoga teachers. APPLICATION AND DETAILS AT BELOW LINK. Spread the Word! Thank you NFL and BWF.

Welcome to the family MRT New Hampshire! A huge thank you to Root to Bloom Studio for hosting this great group of teachers.

We can not thank our veterans enough for their selfless service while wearing the uniform and their continued acts of service once they remove the uniform. It is with help from our MRT Yoga Instructors across the country that we can continue to thank veterans, today and everyday.

To find a class near you during Veterans Gratitude Week click below.

Dan Libby, PhD - our Founder and Executive Director was able to stop in and say thank you to a class in San Francisco for their participation in Veterans Gratitude Week. All of us at VYP want to say thank you for your participation across the country in this meaningful event. We couldn't do what we do without you!

Also, as you move through #VeteransGratitudeWeek2019 we want to see photos of your classes so please share with us! #VGW

📸 Christian Macallister

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words but to live by them.” - John F. Kennedy

Today and everyday we say thank you to our service men and women.

Happy Veterans Day.

Marines. Today we celebrate 244 years of honor, courage and commitment from the Marines. All of us here at Veterans Yoga Project want to wish the Marine Corps a very Happy Birthday! Semper Fidelis.

Pictured is VYP's Director of Programs Brianna Renner. A proud Marine, married to a marine. Photographed by the great @robertsturman. A true supporter of all services.

Are you unable to attend a class for Veterans Gratitude Week but want to show support for veterans or donate in honor of a veteran you love? Click below to donate directly or create a social fundraiser! Unable to donate but want to spread the word? Share on social media! #VGW2019 #WarriorGratitude #VeteransGratitudeWeek

[11/09/19]   "I was able to really feel what it was like to be more present in my own body and here in the now without having to worry about anything else and knowing I can take care of that later, and just being here now, feeling my feet on the ground."

Hear more of what Mike Ergo, USMC Veteran has to say about his experience with Veterans Yoga Project.

6th Annual Veterans Yoga Project Gratitude Week starts today!
We owe our Veterans more than one day of gratitude. This year, we’re recognizing those who served and continue to serve by extending this event to more than a week. Over the course of 10 days, yoga teachers raise money to aid in recovery and resilience for our Veterans, families, and communities by conducting yoga classes across the nation! Join us from November 8 - 18, 2019 at participating locations across the nation! Find a class here:

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Scientists Show How Gratitude Literally Alters The Human Heart & Molecular Structure Of The Brain

Another Pillar of our Mindful Resilience Tools. GRATITUDE. Gratitude is a funny thing. In some parts of the world, somebody who gets a clean drink of water, some food, or a worn out pair of shoes can be extremely grateful. Meanwhile, somebody else who has all the necessities they need to live can be found complaining about something. What we have today is [...

Loving-Kindness Meditation May Protect Your Genes and Slow Aging - Mindful

A corner stone of Veterans Yoga Project Mindful Resilience is Meditation. Read, reflect and be inspired. A new study explores how various forms of meditation affect our health at the genetic levels.

Veterans Yoga Project Gratitude Week 2019 Call to Action

CALL TO ACTION! We Need Teachers to Teach fundraisers in the following states:
Rhode Island

Our goal NOW is to 600 classes in 50 states! Please reach out to anyone in Mississippi, Nevada and Rhode Island to host a fundraiser.

Our Family Expands! We'd like to Welcome the most recent graduating class to our Teachers Alliance.

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Yoga Revolution in Flagstaff is helping Veterans Yoga Project. Gratitude Week Action Below. We thank our partners. We couldn't do it with out you!

Studio Name: Yoga Revolution

Date of Event: Sundays in November (11/3, 10, 17, 24)

Time of Event begins: 1000

Time of Event ends: 1130

Studio Address: 213 S San Francisco St, Flagstaff, AZ 86001

Teacher Name: Kortney Stock

Website details: Revolution Flagstaff Yoga Revolution Flagstaff (@yoga_revolution_flagstaff) Instagram photos and videos

Get your class registered here:

Only 3 weeks until November 8th!

If you're the first in each state to register a class, you'll receive a special thank you at the end. As of this morning, these states were still up for grabs...
- Delaware
- Idaho
- Kansas
- Louisiana
- Maine
- Mississippi
- Nevada
- New Mexico
- Rhode Island
- Utah
- Wyoming

The Gift of Presence, The Perils of Advice

Humans are advice giving machines. Yoga Teachers may take it up a notch. A helpful word can be a salve, but it's not always what we need. Parker Palmer on the power of quiet, unobtrusive presence to heal in troubled times.


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