Mindful Resilience has been successfully integrated into mental health and addiction treatment programs for veterans and active-duty military across the US and Canada. Outlined here you will find a course description, benefits of the programs, and a course schedule. The course schedule is listed on the bottom of the page and is updated regularly to reflect new classes. 

In this training, you will explore:

  • The development, course, and consequences of trauma-related disorders

  • The psychotherapeutic treatment of trauma-related disorders and how yoga fits into an integrative treatment approach

  • Special considerations and cautions when providing yoga therapy to veterans and other trauma-affected individuals

  • Specific practices, guiding principles, and resources found to be helpful for veterans coping with trauma, including a detailed treatment manual with an empirically-informed, clinically-tested 12-week protocol, and access to a downloadable electronic copy (pdf) of the Mindful Resilience Yoga for Veterans Recovering from Trauma practice guide.

Mindful Resilience for Recovery and Resilience is an evidence-informed, clinically-tested yoga program that was developed specifically for veterans recovering from posttraumatic stress and other psychological difficulties. It is evidence-informed, in that practices have been chosen and adapted based on clinical and neuro-scientific knowledge about posttraumatic stress and its treatment.  Clinical testing was based on feedback from hundreds of veterans and active-duty service members receiving treatment at residential and outpatient treatment programs.

This Veterans Yoga Project training consists of a balance of practice and lecture/discussion.  At the end of the training, participants will understand the symptoms of post-traumatic stress and other trauma-related disorders, how those symptoms are related to underlying neurobiology, and how to use this understanding to most effectively teach individuals recovering from trauma.   

Your guide on this journey will either be:

  • The creator of the Mindful Resilience yoga teacher training, Daniel J. Libby, PhD. Daniel is a licensed clinical psychologist and yoga teacher and is an expert in the mindful integration of evidence-based psychotherapies and complementary and alternative medicine practices for the treatment of PTS(D) and other psychological and emotional distress in active-duty military and veterans.

  • Dr. Timothy Avery, Director of Program Evaluation, an OIF and U.S. Navy veteran and graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. He earned his 200-hour certification at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health and is currently a research psychologist focused on yoga, trauma, and chronic pain.

  • Brianna Renner RYT-500, Director of Programs, Marine Corps veteran. Brianna has been teaching yoga for 8 years, 4 of which have been spent teaching at the VA in White River Junction, VT, and has completed countless hours of training with Dr. Libby.

Partial scholarships are available for veterans and active-duty personnel.  

  •  Scholarship applications MUST be complete at least 30 days prior to desired training.

  •  At this time, due to the large number of scholarship applications we are only accepting applications from veterans.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: I am not a yoga teacher but am interested in your trainings. Can I still attend?

Although the training was originally developed for yoga teachers, we've had many other healthcare disciplines represented among our participants including various mental health clinicians, and they have all reported that the training was valuable and useful.  We will share our approach and the five tools (breathwork, meditation, mindful movement, guided rest/yoga nidra, and gratitude) and you will have to decide what you feel comfortable teaching (e.g., as a clinical psychologist I think a mental health clinician can easily learn to teach each of the tools, although the movement portion does take more knowledge and skills than a weekend training can provide.)

Q: What makes MRT different than other types of yoga?

The word yoga can be confusing because there are so many different styles and approaches to yoga. Mindful resilience was designed specifically to teach to veterans in treatment a toolbox of self regulation strategies that can be used to cope with and overcome the effects of chronic stress and post traumatic stress.  It includes a toolbox of self regulation strategies that have been reported to help veterans sleep better, experience less anger and anxiety and depression, and cope with the various symptoms of PTSD.

Q: Is this training eligible for Yoga Alliance CEU’s?

YES-15 hours, and you will receive a Certificate of Completion.

Q: I am unable to attend a training and would love to know more. Do you offer online training?

We are currently building an online academy where classes, workshops, and other mindfulness based training will be available. Check back often for updates and further information!

cancellation and refund policy

If you are unable to attend the Mindful Resilience Training for any reason, please let us know at least 7 days prior to the training.

  • Cancellations made more than 7 days prior to the Mindful Resilience Training weekend should expect a partial refund (registration amount less a $50 processing fee).

  • Cancellations made within 7 days prior to, but more than 72 hours prior to the Mindful Resilience Training will be refunded 50% of their registration fee.

  • Refunds WILL NOT be granted for no shows or cancellations made less than 72 hours prior to the training.  

  • Refunds WILL NOT be granted for those who fail to utilize the Early Bird discount code as appropriate.