RESOURCES FOR VETERANS
The first step is usually the most difficult on the path to recovery and building resilience. We provide individuals the opportunity to experiment with the Five Tools (Breathing, Meditation, Mindful Movement, Guided Rest and Gratitude) by offering an online practice library. Some 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 care-givers). VYP also holds healing retreats designed specifically for Veterans with PTS(D) and their families.
Click Find A Class to find teachers and programs which may be suitable for Veterans, Military and their support networks (families, friends and care-givers). The teachers listed under Find A Class have attended at least one 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 have worked with hundreds of veterans and active-duty military men and women using these practices and many of them 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 1/4 of VA PTSD treatment programs offer yoga s 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 posttraumatic 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 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".
Click here to learn more about yoga and how it helps professional athletes and musicians 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 yoga teachers and need financial support in order to attend the Mindful Resilience for Trauma Recovery
Click here to access a variety of valuable resources for veterans and their families.