Frequently Asked Questions
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What is Veterans Yoga Project?
Veterans Yoga Project is an educational and advocacy organization dedicated to improving the health and well being of military veterans through yoga and meditation practice. Working in partnership with veterans, active-duty military personnel, student veteran organizations, and other non-profit organizations, Veterans Yoga Project supports recovery and promotes resilience among veterans who are living with post-traumatic stress or other trauma issues.
What is Veterans Gratitude Week?
Each year, VYP hosts two annual fundraisers, VYP Gratitude Week and Light-A-Candle Memorial Day, supported by donations from yoga classes, individuals and organizations. Held the three weeks surrounding Veterans Day, VYP Gratitude Week encourages yoga studios to host donation-based classes to support veterans in a tangible way. In many cases, these classes have brought together veterans and civilians in an environment where veterans can share their military experience with their community.
How does yoga help veterans?
While magnified by media reporting, only 30% of veterans suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder or trauma-related issues. Practicing yoga can undo the nervous system dysfunction that underlies PTSD symptoms.
Why should I get involved with VYP Gratitude Week?
Less than 1% of Americans have ever served their country, however, veterans experience a disproportionately high suicide rate. VYP Gratitude Week is a way for those who have not served to both give back to veterans in a tangible way and to better understand the challenges of military service.
What do I need to do to host a donation-based class?
Our goal for 2019 is to host 500+ classes in all 50 states. We can use all the help we can get to raise awareness and encourage participation. If you’d like to host a class, please sign up here so that we can include your studio on our online class map and provide materials.
How is the money raised from VYP Gratitude Week used?
Veterans Yoga Project is an IRS-recognized 501(c)(3) charitable organization and depends upon the support of donors to take care of veterans in need. 100% of the proceeds will go to VYP’s mission to support recovery and resilience to our veterans, families and our communities.
There’s no class in my area – can I donate online instead?
Yes! Please visit our donation page. Thank you for your support!
How can I get more involved with Veterans Yoga Project?
Veterans Yoga Project is a growing organization who relies on amazing volunteers like yourself! Do you ever find yourself asking the question, what can I do to help? We would love to hear from you! Please fill out our volunteer application at http://www.veteransyogaproject.org/get-involved.html and we will get back to you!
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