Get Involved - How You Can Help
There are many ways you can help Veterans Yoga Project promote resiliency and aid recovery for veterans, their families, and their communities. Supporting our work financially is a really good way.
Resources for Veterans
Veterans Yoga Project has partnered with other non-profit groups to distribute over 8000 copies of the VYP Mindful Yoga Therapy Practice Guide to veterans, active-duty service members, and the yoga teachers and treatment facilities that support them. The Practice Guide is now available for free download here. Our audio library is under construction and when completed will provide audio and video recordings that can be freely streamed or downloaded.
Classes for Veterans
Veterans Yoga Project creates opportunities for veterans to learn yoga from VYP-trained instructors. We set up yoga classes in treatment settings (for example, at the Jacksonville, NC Vet Center) and in college settings (for example, at the University of Montana).
Training for Yoga Teachers
Recent research has revealed that the biggest barrier to the use of yoga in VA PTSD Treatment Programs is lack of trained staff. Veterans Yoga Project is meeting this need and has trained over 350 yoga teachers, including more that 35 active-duty military and veterans, how to safely and effectively provide Mindful Resilience skills to individuals recovering from trauma.
Veterans Yoga Project conducts healing retreats for veterans recovering from PTS(D) and their spouses.
Veterans Yoga Project supports yoga research.
Veteran Training Scholarships
VYP has provided over 30 full or partial scholarships for veterans and veterans' dependents to be trained in the Mindful Resilience approach. We are hoping to dramatically expand this program to support still more veterans and family members needing assistance to complete yoga teacher training so that they can, in turn, serve their communities through the teaching of yoga.
“Yoga has helped my racing mind stop racing.”
“Yoga and this practice guide is my personal pathway to paradise"
“....... training for yoga teachers specializing in yoga for vets. Dr. Daniel J. Libby has the best program in the country!"
“I am a veteran. I have severe PTSD and a TBI from a violent rape that occurred while I was serving. Yoga saved my life and also helped my family cope. I have been teaching to the WTU's, families, and several units overseas. I am trying to learn more and get more training so I can help other veterans and their families."
"I was on a downward spiral mentally with my PTSD. I was beginning to think what's the purpose of my constant mental anguish. I was invited to the Veterans Yoga Project at the Feathered Pipe Ranch in Helena, MT. I was extremely anxious about going. It took a lot for me to actually show up and participate. As it turned out it was exactly what I needed.
I can tell you it was not what I expected. I had a total misconception of what yoga was. The mindfulness relaxation yoga turned out to help me refocus on the here and now, and what's important."