Free Yoga Therapy Resources for Veterans and Servicemembers

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The Give Back Yoga Foundation is pleased to offer a selection of sponsored materials to veterans or active duty servicemembers at no charge. Simply fill out the form below and we will ship your order to your physical address, or deliver a download link to your e-mail.

Are you a nonprofit program or healthcare facility that serves veterans? Discounted pricing on bulk orders of Yoga for Warriors and Mindful Yoga Therapy Practice Guide is available through our online store. For information on bulk order pricing for other resources, email us at [email protected].

Yoga for Veterans: Available Free Products & Downloads

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These products developed by Give Back Yoga Foundation’s master teachers and program partners have been selected with the goal of helping veterans establish their own daily practice of yoga and mindfulness.

Yoga For Warriors – Basic Training in Strength, Resilience & Peace of Mind:

In an easy and approachable way, this practice guide leads students through physical poses (asana), breath work (pranayama), mindfulness meditation and the deep relaxation practice of yoga nidra. Beautifully illustrated with photos of veterans, this book is a versatile tool for all sexes, ages and abilities. Free to veterans and servicemembers – fill out our request form to receive a copy. 

Mindful Yoga Therapy Practice Guide:

A comprehensive introduction to a simple but effective yoga practice, this multi-media resource developed with the feedback of veterans includes a book, a poster with a visual guide for poses, and access to download two audio resources featuring meditation and Yoga Nidra practices (Breathe In, Breathe Out,” and “Deep Relaxation.”) Free to veterans and servicemembers – fill out our request form to receive a copy. 

Breathe In, Breathe Out: Quick and Easy Breathing Practices to Help Balance the Nervous System (Audio):

This series of short breathing practices was developed by Suzanne Manafort as part of the Mindful Yoga for Veterans therapy program, offered at the PTSD Residential Rehabilitation Program in Newington, CT. Download or live stream this audio for free at MindfulYogaTherapy.org.

iRest Yoga Nidra: Easing Into Stillness (CD):

Release negative emotions and thought patterns while calming the nervous system with 11 meditation practices led by clinical social worker and certified iRest Yoga Nidra teacher Karen Soltes. Currently out of stock.

 

How Yoga Can Help Veterans

Here’s what Sue Lynch and fellow veteran Hugo Patrocinio have to say about how yoga helped them find relief from their symptoms of PTSD:

A growing number of veterans and healthcare professionals are discovering the age-old practice of yoga and meditation as an effective way to deal with the physical and emotional pain of post-traumatic stress disorder, major depression, traumatic brain injury and more. Yoga is far more than an exercise program – it’s a full mind-body discipline that can improve the life of every veteran.

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

“Yoga gives us choices, allows us not to have to try so hard – which is contrary to military training (like) ‘no pain, no gain,’ and ‘pain is weakness leaving the body,’” says Gulf War veteran Sue Lynch. “Yoga connects us to ourselves, (which) in turn allows us to then connect to our loved ones and our communities.”