Suzanne Manafort: Bringing Mindful Yoga Therapy to Veterans

Executive Director Rob Schware talks with Give Back Yoga Board Member Suzanne Manafort for The Huffington Post Blog about the roots of the Mindful Yoga Therapy for Veterans program, and the amazing transformation that vets are experiencing through the practice of yoga and mindfulness.

“I watch the men and women as they begin in my 12-week program look as if someone has dimmed their inner light. After a few weeks, their interests in the practices begin to increase, and slowly it looks as if they brighten up. It truly is a visible change. So many men and women taking our program combined with psychotherapy are getting well and leading productive lives. It has been my honor to be a part of this.”

– Suzanne Manafort, founder of the Mindful Yoga Therapy for Veterans Program

Click here to read more of Suzanne’s tips for yoga teachers who want to work with veterans – and how she serves as one link in the chain of “spiritual revolutionaries” that teacher Beryl Bender Birch is sending out into the world to make a difference.

Want to learn more? Visit Give Back Yoga’s Youtube channel to hear from four veterans who are working with Suzanne to bring yoga and mindfulness to their peers, in the Veterans on Mindful Yoga Therapy Hangout. Or visit our store to check out the “new and improved” Mindful Yoga Therapy for Veterans practice guide, now available in an updated third printing. We aim to bring this valuable multi-media resource to 30,000 vets, service members and their families by 2015 – you can support this work with a recurring or one-time donation towards “Yoga for Veterans.”


Do you want to bring the transformational power of yoga and meditation to underserved populations? Join Suzanne Manafort, Beryl Bender Birch, James Fox and other leading experts in Sedona, AZ in February for a two-day Mindful Therapeutic Yoga Practices for Veterans teacher training. Learn clinically-proven techniques to help students recover from trauma and emotional stress at this intensive pre-conference training, hosted by the Sedona Yoga Festival in association with Southwest Institute of Healing Arts.