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Vets Endorse GBYF’s Yoga For Veterans Programs

We’re honored to have the endorsement of vets who have benefitted from the practices shared through Give Back Yoga Foundation’s programs for veterans.

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Download the fact sheet: Mindful Yoga Therapy for Veterans – Program Overview & Testimonials

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“I have used many of the yoga exercise and breathing techniques being taught by Give Back Yoga Foundation personally and with soldiers, veteran patients and civilians for over 30 years. I have found these techniques helpful for patients with substance abuse, combat stress, PTSD and other mental health problems. I heartily and enthusiastically endorse the efforts of the Give Back Yoga Foundation to assist veterans to heal from combat and stress related problems.”

Guy C. Lamunyon RN
Combat Medic – 101st Airborne Division Vietnam
ARMY Psych Mental Health Nurse.
Lieutenant Colonel, Retired.
VA Mental Health Nurse, Retired.

Daniel Hickman on Serving Wounded Warriors

Executive Director Rob Schware talks with VetsYoga author Daniel Hickman for The Huffington Post Blog about Hickman’s work of teaching yoga to combat veterans, including amputees, at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

“I teach without the chanting, and I vary the jargon…it’s about addressing the individual wounded in warfare, his or her one-of-a-kind healing process, and to meet soldiers and veterans where they are every time.”

– Adaptive yoga instructor Daniel Hickman

Read Hickman’s full interview, and learn more about the VetsYoga DVD series produced with help from Give Back Yoga Foundation.

 

Master Sergeant Chris Eder On The Role Of Yoga For Military Service Members

What is it like to teach yoga in a room full of M16s? In this installment for The Huffington Post Blog, Executive Director Rob Schware interviews Master Sergeant Chris Eder on the role yoga can play for military service members.

“I hope yoga will become a mainstream option for PTSD treatment. I know there is a time and place for pills, but pills should be used to initially get the ‘warrior’ in the right direction…yoga should be the treatment plan. Pills often mask or dull symptoms, never treat or cure.”

– MSgt Chris Eder, Semper Fidelis Health & Wellness Public Affairs Officer and Staff Yoga Director

Read the full post here.

Rob Schware on Yoga Therapy in Practice: Are You a Prisoner of Your Judgments?

How does a does a lifelong pacifist make it his core mission to work with veterans and active-duty soldiers? Give Back Yoga Foundation Executive Director Rob Schware shares his thoughts with The Huffington Post Blog on how examining internal judgments can help yoga teachers better reach underserved populations.

“In mid-life, I find myself standing in what appears to be a contradiction: I profess to be guided by ahimsa, [the principal of non-violence], and yet people I love, as well as those served by Give Back, are trained not just to defend, but also to attack.”

– Rob Schware

Read the full post here.

Rob Schware on Veterans, Trauma and Yoga: Are We Moving Quickly Enough?

Over 2 million service members have been deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan.  Of those, up to 37% are struggling with serious mental health problems including post-traumatic stress disorder, major depression and traumatic brain injury.

In a piece for The Huffington Post Blog, Give Back Yoga Foundation Executive Director Rob Schware asks if we are doing enough to meet the growing health crisis.

Read his post here.