Free Yoga for Veterans
and active military service members
No registration necessary.
Drop in any week.
(Please check the schedule before coming to ensure there has not been a change in the schedule)
These drop-in classes are based on the Mindful Yoga for Veterans 12 week protocol.
MYT for Veterans is a collection of simple but effective practices that have been adapted and clinically tested specifically for military service members and veterans recovering from post-traumatic stress or stress associated with civilian readjustment. These practices can be used to enhance the health of the body and mind, regardless of physical limitation or psychological distress.
MYT teaches different yoga tools that form a comprehensive system that will carry veterans into a life of strength and resilience.
WHAT CLASSES ARE LIKE:
Classes often begin with a guided meditation practice that helps students connect with their breath and tune in to what's going on in their mind and body. Students are then led through a series of physical poses, or asanas, like the Forward Folds or Tree Pose pictured above. Classes end with a relaxation pose.
To be prepared for your first yoga class:
- Wear comfortable clothing that allows for a full range of motion and be prepared to be barefoot.
- Feel free to bring your own yoga mat if you prefer but we do have mats to use during class.
- Eat only a light meal in the two hours before your class begins.
- Keep an open mind as you go through the class and remember that the goal isn't to avoid mistakes but to learn.
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Don't take our word for it.
Here's what vets that have been to this class say:
"Veterans often have hidden pains from long past situations, YOGA is that sand-bag bunker in the field of combat that allows you to go for relief and safety of a comfort zone. I guess in the civilian world YOGA is the oasis. If I have trouble sleeping at night , it's the deep breathing that always works." - Bob K.
"It calms my mind and brings me back to earth!" -Mark J.
"Knowing that I needed an exercise routine that would get me stretching and moving in ways that would give me a firmer body, in early June this year I was inspired by a talk you gave to my Rotary Club and attended a free Veterans Yoga session. Subsequently, I followed through with the six week Beginner’s Course and have attended regular basics sessions twice a week ever since. Yoga from the start gives me a mind/body connection that I didn’t k now would result, releasing any stress that I didn’t know I had in my life. I feel firmer and am gradually getting more flexible, though at age 73 I don’t compare to those who are younger have been more athletic in their lives. I have always power-walked several days a week and have done a rudimentary routine at the gym, but Yoga has given me more immediate relief from lingering lower back pain resulting from walking all day on the hard floors of my auction gallery and my overall musculature is firmer. I have also lost weight due to changes in diet, something I attribute to Yoga." -Hap Moore
HOW DOES YOGA HELP VETERANS?
CLINICAL STUDIES SHOW THAT YOGA CAN HELP VETERANS:
- Sleep better, overcoming insomnia and nightmares
- Enjoy a sense of well-being
- Relieve depression and hopelessness
- Cope with and even resolve anxiety and fear
- Find escape from the "fight or flight" response that causes hyperarousal
- Control anger and strong emotions
- Reconnect emotionally with friends, family and their community
- Be successful in recovering from addiction
- Feel less physical pain
Mindful Yoga for Veterans Director of Communications, Chris Eder, writes:
"My name is Chris Eder...and I've spent the past 23 years on active duty service to THE United States of America as a Combat Correspondent in the Air Force. Since 9/11, I have found myself in some interesting places. Sometimes by myself, sometimes with people I had never met, and sometimes with people who I love(d) as a brother or a sister.
I don't sleep. For many years, I just told people I was a "morning" person. That was maybe less than half true...as I really do enjoy being up before anyone else. Hot showers, fresh coffee, etc. But the truth was...I couldn't sleep. " Read more...