VYP Regional director - Carolinas region
Rick is a retired Air Force pilot and combat veteran. He served at Tan Son Nhut AB, RVN from 1969-70 flying low altitude reconnaissance missions in Vietnam and Laos. He went on to instructor pilot and staff officer assignments in Okinawa, the US and Europe. Following military retirement he worked for 14 years as a corporate manager and continues to serve as a volunteer with the Civil Air Patrol, an auxiliary of the US Air Force. In 1999 Rick tried yoga as a remedy for back pain. Mindful movement with the breath alleviated the pain and ever since he has been an advocate for yoga as a means for both physical and emotional healing. He completed his 200 hour yoga teacher training in 2014 and Veterans Yoga Project level 1 training that same year. Rick teaches meditation and movement with the breath for stress relief. His goal is to assist veterans and other victims of trauma by providing mindful resilience training programs in the Lake Norman and Charlotte, NC area.