VYP AMBASSADOR


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MATT RUHNKE | NEW HAVEN, CT

My name is Matt.  I am a 10-year Army Veteran.  Six of those years were in the Special Operations Community where I served as a Green Beret.  I deployed 4 times in support of the Global War on Terrorism, including 3 combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. I got out of the Army in 2012, and since then have become personally familiar with PTSD and many of the other hardships that are commonly associated with it.  I found yoga shortly after I left the military, and it has played a vital role in my own recovery process ever since.  I eventually felt a calling to share the gift of yoga with others. 

I got certified to teach yoga in June of 2016.  I attended yoga teacher training at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Healthy Living.  Shortly after that I attended the Veteran’s Yoga Project teacher training as well.  One of my passions is empowering people - by providing them with the skills and knowledge needed to use Yoga to face various challenges and to live a more fulfilling life.
 
I now enjoy teaching Yoga in and around the New Haven area, and being a full-time student at the University of New Haven, where I am studying as an Undergrad in Psychology.