VETERAN Programs & Resources
The first step is usually the most difficult on the path to recovery and building resilience. A suggested place to start is visiting our Practice Library. Here, you’ll find valuable videos and other resources to begin experimenting with the Five Tools of Mindful Resilience: Breathing, Meditation, Mindful Movement, Guided Rest and Gratitude.
Many of the teachers who complete our Mindful Resilience Training for Trauma Recovery offer free classes all over the country for Veterans, Military and their support networks (families, friends and caregivers). VYP also holds healing retreats designed specifically for Veterans with PTS(D) and their families.
Find teachers and programs which may be suitable for Veterans, Military and their support networks (families, friends and care-givers) by searching for a class below. [Note: Teachers listed under “Find a Class” have attended Mindful Resilience Training from VYP and have some knowledge of military culture, PTSD, and how to tailor a yoga experience to veterans and their families or others who have experienced trauma. The fact that a teacher is listed in “Find a Class” does not imply that that teacher is under the sponsorship or supervision of Veterans Yoga Project.]
Yoga works. Research studies demonstrate what the veterans we work with already know...that Veterans and civilians, men and women, old and young, all benefit from taking the time to breathe easy, focus clearly, move mindfully, rest deeply, and remember gratitude. Research shows that these practices can quicken recovery from many physical and psychological "disorders". We’ve worked with hundreds of veterans and active-duty military men and women using these practices and many have found relief from symptoms and resilience against life's challenges.
Many active-duty troops and veterans are now using complementary and alternative approaches and treatment programs and are integrating complementary therapies such as Mindful Yoga Therapy and Mindful Resilience. Today, more than a quarter of VA PTSD treatment programs offer yoga as a complementary part of treatment.
Veterans participating in these programs have reported that they sleep better, concentrate and think more clearly, manage anger and aggression more easily, and find comfort in their own skin. Yoga may not cure post-traumatic stress disorder, but many veterans and active-duty individuals from all branches and eras of services find these practices to be a significant and necessary part of their recovery.
To try some simple yoga practices, head over to our Practice Library.
Yoga is [Not] for sissies!
Every once in a while we still hear things like "yoga is for sissies". We invite you to consider that yoga has been used by athletes and warriors for centuries to build strength, resilience, and flexibility. We wouldn't call any of these folks "sissies".
Learn more about how yoga helps these professionals achieve their goals.
Mindful Resilience Yoga Scholarship
In fulfillment of our mission, Veterans Yoga Project offers a limited number of partial scholarships to veterans and active-duty military personnel who are in need financial support in order to attend the Mindful Resilience for Trauma Recovery (weekend training).
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.
The Veterans Yoga Project partners with many health and well being organizations who provide valuable resources for veterans and their families. Learn more about their programs and helpful resources.