The new year is a time to set our intention for the coming seasons — to identify and commit to practices that help us make a greater impact in engaging with our life’s purpose and serving others. What’s your goal for the coming year?
As a member of our yoga service community, perhaps your vision is to add valuable skills and knowledge to your teaching toolkit in 2016, or to connect with underserved or at-risk populations in your neighborhood to share yoga. If so, Mindful Yoga Therapy program director Suzanne Manafort has an important message for you: there’s never been a better time to make a difference.
An Invitation to Yoga Teachers: Help Us To Save Veterans in 2016
For many of us, the practices of yoga have changed our lives. That statement may seem dramatic, but it’s true. These practices teach us to turn inward, to pay attention, and to notice without judgment. They enable us to find balance in our bodies and minds, as well as develop our overall well-being. Because of those benefits, yoga is an invaluable asset for Veterans who are coping with trauma-related psychological difficulties.
Every day in the United States, an estimated 22 Veterans a day are committing suicide. We want to change that. One way we’re making a difference is through the Mindful Yoga Therapy program, developed to help Veterans to find a calm and steady/mind and continue productive and peaceful lives through the support of the mindful practices of yoga and education.
Mindful Yoga Therapy for Veterans is an empirically-informed, clinically tested program comprised of five practices: Pranayama (breathing), Asana (postures connected with breath), Yoga Nidra, Meditation, and Gratitude. Each practice is a tool Veterans can use to cope with Post Traumatic Stress, and together they form a comprehensive system – a toolbox – that will carry Veterans into a life of strength and resilience.
For certified yoga teachers who are interested in sharing this proven protocol, our 100-Hour Mindful Yoga Therapy program offers a deep exploration of this trauma-informed system. The 100-hour certification program consists of five modules, presented over five weekends, that prepares graduates to offer both the Beginning Mindful Yoga Therapy Program and our new next-level Resilience Program in clinical or community settings. Both programs include a 12-week protocol that includes Embodyoga® supports and all five “Tools” from the “Tool Box.”
Yoga practices are a powerful complement to professional treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress. A mindful, embodied yoga practice can provide relief from symptoms and develop the supportive skills that Veterans need in their everyday lives. Yoga has proven to aid in a Veteran’s healing journey; and we believe that Mindful Yoga Therapy, used in conjunction with psychotherapy, can make a positive impact on the number of veterans we lose each day. Our hopes and aspirations are that we can make a difference.
Losing 22 veterans a day to suicide is unacceptable. Please help us to change that.
Suzanne Manafort, Founder & Director
Mindful Yoga Therapy
Mindful Yoga Therapy’s next scheduled 100-hour certification training begins in March 2016 in Newington, CT. A limited number of scholarships are available for teachers who are veterans or active duty service members. For more information on scholarships, email email@example.com. To register for the 100-hour program or view all upcoming Mindful Yoga Therapy trainings, visit the Give Back Yoga Trainings & Events page.