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YogaReach: Yoga For People Affected With Parkinson’s Disease

char-grossman-yogareachThis is an interview with Char Grossman, a Therapeutic Yoga Movement Specialist and a Nationally Certified School Psychologist. In 2004, Char founded YogaReach, a therapeutic adaptive yoga movement business. She was inspired to start this work after experiencing the power of yoga personally as it aided her complete and miraculous recovery from a traumatic medical incident. As her business grew and she learned more methods to strengthen the mind-body connection, Char developed an affinity for working with the Parkinson’s disease community to strengthen its physical, mental and social competency. YogaReach’s Mindful Movement therapeutic yoga classes are offered alongside a multitude of other Parkinson’s disease classes and support groups.

Rob: What originally motivated you to do this work, and what continues to motivate you? How, if at all, has that motivation changed over time?

My original motivation to serve people affected with Parkinson’s Disease (PD) began by working with participants at YogaReach. In addition, my father was (identified) diagnosed with Lewy Body Parkinsonism, so I was familiar with the disease. My motivation grew as I helped build yoga related programming for InMotion, a burgeoning Parkinson’s and movement disorder community-based non-profit center in Cleveland, OH. To teach people to enhance their abilities—not focus on their disabilities—is YogaReach’s mission. This center was a perfect place to reach people who have PD and others affected by the struggles that accompany this illness.

People with symptoms heard about the new center and began to arrive. Not knowing what to expect, I observed their expressions of fear, insecurity, and uncertainty. However, as soon as these new members and their care-partners started participating in the classes, smiles, confidence, socialization, and feelings of empowerment developed. This sent my motivation to teach classes sky high.

What is the most rewarding aspect of your teaching experience?

It’s inspiring to know that by touching people’s lives I can see a positive change within each individual. In the Mindful Movement sessions my team and I instruct participants in learning to breath, to feel energetic, improve posture, develop balance and coordination, express non-motoric emotions, and participate in meaningful daily functions.

Bonnie, one of our participants, demonstrates every day how our Mindful Movement classes promote an optimistic lifestyle. The first day of classes, one year ago, Bonnie arrived and told us she does not exercise and would never do yoga. So she sat on a chair in the Mindful Movement class for three months, with sunglasses on, arms crossed and legs dangling. Beginning in the fourth month, Bonnie walked in and suddenly decided to practice; she has now attended over 90 classes. She has learned that breathing naturally calms her nervous system, improves her motor skills, posture, and she even balances on one foot without holding onto a chair. Bonnie and our other participants has inspired all of us to keep growing our abilities.

What are some of the things your PD students have taught you?

The most important lesson I was taught is to individualize and acknowledge each person’s distinct abilities. Whether the student has been diagnosed with Juvenile Parkinson’s, Young-Onset or Adult-Onset, they deserve to practice yoga with a personal holistic approach.

People affected with PD may display motoric and/or non-motoric symptoms. The person may exhibit a resting tremor, bradykinesia, muscle stiffness, depression, or speech issues. Therefore, we need to be knowledgeable about the diagnosis and make teaching adaptive yoga movements natural so they easily carry over to the person’s daily functioning needs.

Individualized assessment during a group lesson is imperative. Learning to focus attention on each person is vital. I have much gratitude for my students and what they teach me.

In what ways do you think yoga addresses some of the societal factors at play in working with people living with PD?

Prior to the PD diagnosis, driving a car, going to the grocery store, hanging out at Starbucks, picking up a package, sleeping during the night, or celebrating an event with family were all easily achieved. A diagnosis converts all of these simple actions into challenges, which quickly become social challenges. In order to re-establish confidence, awareness, and self-efficacy, our therapeutic adaptive yoga program addresses strategies to increase measured breath, mobility, balance, muscle strength, range of motion, aid psychosocial issues, and build mindfulness and relaxation skills.

By teaching participants hands-on practical exercises, we can help them control and improve the ease of their daily responsibilities. Social activities with friends and family become simpler. Reaching groceries from a shelf and placing them into a basket, and/or holding the coffee cup while opening the exit door at the coffee shop is now easier and fun to do. Anger and embarrassment subside as the person living with PD is now rediscovering her ability to be independent and confident in her everyday life.

What, in your mind, is the relationship between a practice of mindfulness and greater social change?

Mindfulness is the key to positive social change. My personal practice of mindfulness incorporates the simple training of bringing awareness and acceptance to the present moment and releasing concerns and uncertainties. Our inner growth from practicing mindfulness helps us to outwardly promote positive social change. The relationship in my mind between mindfulness practice and social change is that people are more able to focus while building positive relationships, reducing worldly differences, and learning how to live in the here and now.

What are some of your ideas about, or hopes for, the future of service yoga in America in the next 10 years? 

Parkinson’s disease is a chronic, degenerative, neurological disorder. My dream is for hospitals all over the world to incorporate a therapeutic yoga regime as part of their standard care to help this growing population. I see evidence that yoga is beginning to be incorporated into corporate health and wellness treatment, but we are not there yet. By uniting thought and action, our therapeutic yoga standards encourages those who work with us to strengthen skills that may have become weakened, gain new skills we may have thought impossible and continue he to develop rewarding services.

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Join us in sharing the gift of yoga with those who can benefit most. Learn more about our nationwide initiative this November to give back yoga.

Mindful Yoga Therapy 100-Hour Certification in Virginia Beach: Begins September 23, 2016

The 100-hour Mindful Yoga Therapy certification offers an in-depth course of study based on the techniques of embodyoga®, and proven protocol developed as an alternative complementary therapy for veterans being treated for post-traumatic stress in clinical settings.

The 100-hour Mindful Yoga Therapy certification is an in-depth course of study, offering protocol developed as an alternative complementary therapy for veterans being treated for post-traumatic stress.

Mindful Yoga Therapy 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.

Give Back Yoga is proud to support the fourth session of Mindful Yoga Therapy’s 100-Hour Certification program, beginning in September 2016 at Studio Bamboo Institute of Yoga in Virginia Beach. Led by GBYF board members Suzanne Manafort and Studio Bamboo founder Ann Richardson Stevens, the program consists of five modules presented over five weekends, covering both the Beginning Mindful Yoga Therapy Program and the next-level Resilience Program. 
Both programs include a 12-week protocol that incorporates Embodyoga® supports and all five “tools” from the Mindful Yoga Therapy “toolbox.”

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. This in-depth certification prepares teachers to share Mindful Yoga Therapy with veterans in either a community or a clinical setting. If you’re a certified yoga teacher, we invite you to help support the healing journey of Veterans in your area.

Highly beneficial for anyone dealing with trauma, anxiety and stress, the Mindful Yoga Therapy program also offers limitless real-life applications for broader populations.

“The training has changed the quality, content and presentation of how I guide any and all yoga classes.”

– Cheryl

Training Location:

Studio Bamboo Institute of Yoga
2861 Lynnhaven Drive, Ste. 108
Virginia Beach, VA 23451

To view a list of all upcoming 15-hour and 100-hour trainings, visit our Mindful Yoga Therapy Teacher Trainings page. To be notified of new dates as they are added, find out about scholarship opportunities and receive program updates, join the Mindful Yoga Therapy mailing list.

Faculty:

Faculty includes experienced yoga teachers and Veterans. You’ll study with:

Suzanne Manafort, Mindful Yoga Therapy Founder
Robin Gilmartin, Clinical Therapist
Patty Townsend, Embodyoga® founder
Ann Richardson, Adaptive Yoga teacher
Amy Lawson, senior faculty member

Modules:

Module 1 : September 23-25, 2016
Guiding Principle – Support Precedes Action – The MYT Supports
• Why Mindful Yoga Therapy for PTSD
• The Toolbox – Pranayama, Asana, Yoga Nidra, Meditation, and Gratitude
• Breath and the Nervous System
• The Breathing Practices
• Practices for the Mindful Yoga Therapy Beginning Program
• Practices for the Resilience Program
• Teaching Practicum
• Military Culture- The Branches and Ranks

Module 2: October 14-16, 2016
Guiding Principles – Safety, Control, and Predictability
• Acceptance, Inclusion, and Non- Judgment
• The Brain and The Endocrine System
• Teaching Practicum
• The Mindful Yoga Therapy Asana classes and its Variations
• Asana for the Mindful Yoga Therapy Beginning Program
• Asana for the Resilience Program
• Military Culture – Veterans Connections and Camaraderie

Module 3: November 11-13, 2016
Guiding Principle – Mindfulness
• Yoga Nidra
• Warrior Nidra
• Adaptive Yoga and PTSD
• Teaching Practicum
• Military Culture – The Different Wars

Module 4: December 2-4, 2016
Meditation and the Brain
• The Mindful Yoga Therapy Meditation Practices
• Meditation Practice for the Mindful Yoga Therapy Beginning Program
• Meditation for the Resilience Program
• Recovery and Post Traumatic Growth
• Meaning, Purpose and Growth
• Social support
• Teaching Practicum
• Military Culture – Coming Home, Transition, and the Veteran Suicide Epidemic

Module 5: January 6-8, 2017
Gratitude
• Reviewing all of the practices and finding the most effective way to implement them
• The 12-Week Protocol for the Mindful Yoga Therapy Beginning Program
• The 12-Week Protocol for the Resilience Program
• Overview of treatment and complementary therapies
• Teaching Practicum
• Families of Veterans
• Taking Mindful Yoga Therapy into the world
• Vicarious Traumatization and Self Care
• Military Culture – Treatment and Recovery from a Veterans Perspective

Graduation Requirements:

Completion of all modules
Competency presentation

Continuing Education:

100 hours of Yoga Alliance continuing education credits are available.

Prerequisites, Cost and Registration:

The prerequisite for this program is a minimum of a 200 hour training. (If you are not yet a 200 hour certified yoga teacher, the Mindful Yoga Center offers a teacher training program.) Cost for the full program is $1500. You may also elect to make 3 payments of $600 each.

Scholarship Opportunities:

Veterans and Active Duty Servicemembers: A limited number of scholarships are available to support yoga teachers who are veterans or active duty service members. For more information, email Mindful Yoga Therapy at connect@mindfulyogatherapy.org.

Register for the Mindful Yoga Therapy 100-Hour Certification at Studio Bamboo.

Mindful Yoga Therapy for Veterans 100-Hour Certification in Newington, CT • Begins March 18, 2016

Mindful Yoga Therapy

This 100-hour Embodyoga®-based training for yoga teachers offers an in-depth study of our trauma yoga protocol.

Mindful Yoga Therapy 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.

Give Back Yoga is proud to support the third session of Mindful Yoga Therapy’s 100-Hour Certification program, beginning in March 2015 at Newington Yoga Center in Connecticut. Led by GBYF board members Suzanne Manafort and Ann Richardson Stevens, the program consists of five modules presented over five weekends, covering both the Beginning Mindful Yoga Therapy Program and a new Resilience Program. 
The 12-week Resilience Program is the follow-up to the Beginning Mindful Yoga Therapy Program. Both programs include a 12-week protocol that incorporates Embodyoga® supports and all five “tools” from the Mindful Yoga Therapy “toolbox.”

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. This in-depth certification prepares teachers to share Mindful Yoga Therapy with veterans in either a community or a clinical setting. If you’re a certified yoga teacher, we invite you to help support the healing journey of Veterans in your area.

Highly beneficial for anyone dealing with trauma, anxiety and stress, the Mindful Yoga Therapy program also offers limitless real-life applications for broader populations.

“The training has changed the quality, content and presentation of how I guide any and all yoga classes.”

– Cheryl

Training Location:

Newington Yoga Center
122 Market Square
Newington, CT 06111

To view a list of all upcoming 15-hour and 100-hour trainings, visit our Mindful Yoga Therapy Teacher Trainings page. To be notified of new dates as they are added, find out about scholarship opportunities and receive program updates, join the Mindful Yoga Therapy mailing list.

Faculty:

Faculty includes experienced yoga teachers and Veterans. You’ll study with:

Suzanne Manafort, Mindful Yoga Therapy Founder
Robin Gilmartin, Clinical Therapist
Patty Townsend, Embodyoga® founder
Ann Richardson, Adaptive Yoga teacher
Amy Lawson, senior faculty member

Modules:

Module 1 : March 18-20, 2016
Guiding Principle – Support Precedes Action – The MYT Supports
Why Mindful Yoga Therapy for PTSD
The Toolbox – Pranayama, Asana, Yoga Nidra, Meditation, and Gratitude
Breath and the Nervous System
The Breathing Practices
Practices for the Mindful Yoga Therapy Beginning Program
Practices for the Resilience Program
Teaching Practicum
Military Culture- The Branches and Ranks

Module 2: April 15-17, 2016
Guiding Principles – Safety, Control, and Predictability
Acceptance, Inclusion, and Non- Judgment
The Brain and The Endocrine System
Teaching Practicum
The Mindful Yoga Therapy Asana classes and its Variations
Asana for the Mindful Yoga Therapy Beginning Program
Asana for the Resilience Program
Military Culture – Veterans Connections and Camaraderie

Module 3: May 20-22, 2016
Guiding Principle – Mindfulness
Yoga Nidra
Warrior Nidra
Adaptive Yoga and PTSD
Teaching Practicum
Military Culture – The Different Wars

Module 4: June 10-12, 2016
Meditation and the Brain
The Mindful Yoga Therapy Meditation Practices
Meditation Practice for the Mindful Yoga Therapy Beginning Program
Meditation for the Resilience Program
Recovery and Post Traumatic Growth
Meaning, Purpose and Growth
Social support
Teaching Practicum
Military Culture – Coming Home, Transition, and the Veteran Suicide Epidemic

Module 5: July 8-10, 2016
Gratitude
Reviewing all of the practices and finding the most effective way to implement them
The 12-Week Protocol for the Mindful Yoga Therapy Beginning Program
The 12-Week Protocol for the Resilience Program
Overview of treatment and complementary therapies
Teaching Practicum
Families of Veterans
Taking Mindful Yoga Therapy into the world
Vicarious Traumatization and Self Care
Military Culture – Treatment and Recovery from a Veterans Perspective

Graduation Requirements:

Completion of all modules
Competency presentation

Continuing Education:

100 hours of Yoga Alliance continuing education credits are available.

Prerequisites, Cost and Registration:

The prerequisite for this program is a minimum of a 200 hour training. Cost for the full program is $1500. You may also elect to make 3 payments of $600 each.

Scholarship Opportunities:

Veterans and Active Duty Servicemembers: A limited number of scholarships are available to support yoga teachers who are veterans or active duty service members. For more information, email Mindful Yoga Therapy at connect@mindfulyogatherapy.org.

Register for the Mindful Yoga Therapy 100-Hour Certification at Newington Yoga Center.

Mindful Yoga Therapy for Veterans 100-Hour Certification in Virginia Beach • Begins July 17, 2015

Our 100 hour Embodyoga®-based training for yoga teachers provides an in-depth study and certification.

Mindful Yoga Therapy 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.

Give Back Yoga is proud to support the second session of Mindful Yoga Therapy’s 100-Hour Certification program, beginning in July 2015 at Studio Bamboo Institute of Yoga in Virginia Beach. Led by GBYF board members Suzanne Manafort and Ann Richardson Stevens, the program consists of five modules presented over five weekends, covering both the Beginning Mindful Yoga Therapy Program and a new Resilience Program. 
The 12-week Resilience Program is the follow-up to the Beginning Mindful Yoga Therapy Program. Both programs include a 12-week protocol that incorporates Embodyoga® supports and all five “tools” from the Mindful Yoga Therapy “toolbox.”

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. This in-depth certification prepares teachers to share Mindful Yoga Therapy with veterans in either a community or a clinical setting. If you’re a certified yoga teacher, we invite you to help support the healing journey of Veterans in your area.

Highly beneficial for anyone dealing with trauma, anxiety and stress, the Mindful Yoga Therapy program also offers limitless real-life applications for broader populations.

“The training has changed the quality, content and presentation of how I guide any and all yoga classes.”

– Cheryl

Training Location:

Studio Bamboo Yoga
2861 Lynnhaven Drive, Ste. 108
Virginia Beach, VA 23451

Our next 100-hour certification session begins January 2016 in Newington, CT. To be notified of new training dates, scholarship opportunities and program updates, join the Mindful Yoga Therapy mailing list.

Faculty:

Faculty includes experienced yoga teachers and Veterans. You’ll study with:

Suzanne Manafort, Mindful Yoga Therapy Founder
Robin Gilmartin, Clinical Therapist
Patty Townsend, Embodyoga® founder
Ann Richardson, Adaptive Yoga teacher
Amy Lawson, senior faculty member

Modules:

Module 1 : July 17-19, 2015
Guiding Principle – Support Precedes Action – The MYT Supports
Why Mindful Yoga Therapy for PTSD
The Toolbox – Pranayama, Asana, Yoga Nidra, Meditation, and Gratitude
Breath and the Nervous System
The Breathing Practices
Practices for the Mindful Yoga Therapy Beginning Program
Practices for the Resilience Program
Teaching Practicum
Military Culture- The Branches and Ranks

Module 2: August 7-9, 2015
Guiding Principles – Safety, Control, and Predictability
Acceptance, Inclusion, and Non- Judgment
The Brain and The Endocrine System
Teaching Practicum
The Mindful Yoga Therapy Asana classes and its Variations
Asana for the Mindful Yoga Therapy Beginning Program
Asana for the Resilience Program
Military Culture – Veterans Connections and Camaraderie

Module 3: September 11-13, 2015
Guiding Principle – Mindfulness
Yoga Nidra
Warrior Nidra
Adaptive Yoga and PTSD
Teaching Practicum
Military Culture – The Different Wars

Module 4: October 16-18, 2015
Meditation and the Brain
The Mindful Yoga Therapy Meditation Practices
Meditation Practice for the Mindful Yoga Therapy Beginning Program
Meditation for the Resilience Program
Recovery and Post Traumatic Growth
Meaning, Purpose and Growth
Social support
Teaching Practicum
Military Culture – Coming Home, Transition, and the Veteran Suicide Epidemic

Module 5: November 13-15, 2015
Gratitude
Reviewing all of the practices and finding the most effective way to implement them
The 12-Week Protocol for the Mindful Yoga Therapy Beginning Program
The 12-Week Protocol for the Resilience Program
Overview of treatment and complementary therapies
Teaching Practicum
Families of Veterans
Taking Mindful Yoga Therapy into the world
Vicarious Traumatization and Self Care
Military Culture – Treatment and Recovery from a Veterans Perspective

Graduation Requirements:

Completion of all modules
Competency presentation

Continuing Education:

100 hours of Yoga Alliance continuing education credits are available.

Prerequisites, Cost and Registration:

The prerequisite for this program is a minimum of a 200 hour training. Cost for the full program is $1500. You may also elect to make 3 payments of $600 each.

Scholarship Opportunities:

Military Spouses: Studio Bamboo is registered with the MyCAA program, which provides partial or full tuition for Career Advancement programs for military spouses. For more information, contact Studio Bamboo Yoga.

Veterans and Active Duty Servicemembers: Mindful Yoga Therapy has received a grant from The Sampson Foundation to fund scholarships that will help veterans and active duty servicemembers to attend any upcoming Mindful Yoga Therapy training. For more information, email Mindful Yoga Therapy at connect@mindfulyogatherapy.org.

Register for the Mindful Yoga Therapy 100-Hour Certification at Studio Bamboo.

Yoga For Warriors Buy One, Give One Campaign Brings Yoga Therapy to Veterans With PTSD

As Veterans Day draws near, the Give Back Yoga Foundation is inviting the public to support the long-term health and wellbeing of those who serve the U.S. through a “Buy One, Give One” campaign that will bring free copies of the newly released book “Yoga For Warriors” to veterans and military service members worldwide.

Boulder, CO (PRWEB) October 07, 2014

Today, an increasing number of United States veterans who struggle with post-deployment issues such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), brain injury, sexual trauma and marital difficulties are using yoga to deal with physical and invisible wounds. The Give Back Yoga Foundation is strongly committed to sponsoring yoga programs and resources that support our veterans, providing tools to help them transition back to civilian life and reconnect with themselves, friends, and families. This Boulder-based national non-profit offers a gateway to yoga service trainings, resources and partnerships to support at-risk teens, veterans, prisoners, and those struggling with disordered eating and negative body image.

The latest resource to be sponsored through the organization is Yoga For Warriors, a new book released in October 2014 by publishing company Sounds True. Written by Give Back Yoga co-founder Beryl Bender Birch, Yoga For Warriors contains numerous tools to help individuals suffering from PTSD find inner calm and serenity. The specialized techniques featured in the book were developed by the author through her work with first responders in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, and chosen for their immediate usefulness in offering current and former military personnel a method of finding strength and relaxation even in the most difficult of circumstances.

Through December 31, 2014, for every copy of Yoga For Warriors purchased through the Give Back Yoga Foundation, the organization will gift a free matching copy to a veteran or active duty service member. By buying a copy of the book for themselves or a veteran they know and love, supporters can put this valuable resource in the hands of a warrior who can benefit – doubling the impact of this valuable practice guide.

“A wide range of issues come up as a result of combat for our troops,” says Rob Schware, Executive Director of Give Back Yoga Foundation. “Yoga For Warriors helps veterans and active duty service members to work through challenges related to combat stress, improve mental attitudes and physical well-being. And now everyone can help our troops navigate life after service through our Buy One Give One book campaign.”

The campaign is made possible through the generous financial support of private donors and socially responsible corporations like ORGANIC INDIA and WhiteWave Foods, who are helping to underwrite the printing costs of bringing free copies of Yoga For Warriors to veterans and military personnel.

For more information on how to support the Give Back Yoga Foundation’s “Buy One, Give One” Campaign for veterans this Veterans Day and holiday season, please visit their website at: http://givebackyoga.org/yoga-for-warriors-campaign.

The author, world-renowned yoga teacher Beryl Bender Birch, is the co-founder of the Give Back Yoga Foundation, the founder and director of The Hard & The Soft Yoga Institute, and the author of the bestselling books Power Yoga, Beyond Power Yoga, and Boomer Yoga. She takes her practice very seriously. In the words of Rear Admiral (ret.) and former Navy SEAL Tom Steffens: “Beryl never takes any subject lightly, trust me, and her insight into the mind-body-spirit connection for military members and veterans results from an in-depth study that she undertook to get this right.”

Those who choose to serve their country in the military honor themselves and their communities, but often return from their service with ongoing challenges to their physical and mental wellbeing. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, commonly referred to by its acronym PTSD, is an all too common condition facing military personnel and veterans. Yoga For Warriors contains numerous tools for individuals suffering from PTSD that will help them find inner calm and serenity through various exercises and meditation.

Adapting to civilian life after military service can be a difficult transition. Warriors do not stop being warriors simply because they leave the battlefield. The necessary austerity of serving in the armed forces will be with veterans for their entire lives. Yoga for Warriors can help service members to stretch their bodies and their minds by harnessing their well-honed discipline to their advantage. By focusing their martial instincts toward improving their mental well being, Yoga for Warriors seeks to promote healthy adaptation into civilian life.

Meditation, breathing exercises, and yoga postures might not be the first thing an instructor covered during basic, but it can be a helpful addition to anyone’s daily PT. Yoga for Warriors will be an excellent addition to any serious yoga practitioner’s bookshelf.

While the book is available through Sounds True, the multimedia publishing company behind Yoga for Warriors, the special initiative by the Give Back Yoga Foundation in November and December 2014 centers around the concept that when someone buys the book through Give Back Yoga Foundation, a free copy will be donated to a vet or service member, giving them a tool to manage traumatic stress. The Give Back Yoga Foundation is a national non profit yoga organization that helps certified yoga teachers to share the extraordinary gift of yoga therapy with the underserved corners of their communities. Learn more about the yoga initiatives of Give Back Yoga Foundation on their website at http://givebackyoga.org.

To view the original version of this press release on PRWeb visit: http://www.prweb.com/releases/GiveBackYogaFoundation/VeteransYogaTherapy/prweb12223938.htm

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The Give Back Yoga Foundation extends its thanks to the web marketing team at Ramblin Jackson for donating their time to create this press release about our mission of sharing free copies of Yoga For Warriors with veterans and service members everywhere. Find them on the web at: http://www.ramblinjackson.com/.

 

 

 

 

 

Judi Bar: Fostering Health By Bringing Yoga to Hospitals

In an interview for our yoga service series on The Huffington Post Blog, GBYF Executive Director Rob Schware talks with yoga therapist Judi Bar about her work with Cleveland Clinic.

“If a patient is willing [to work with a yoga therapist], there are significant benefits. By teaching them to be mindful of the present moment, they are empowered to handle their stress/pain. Their hospital experience will be better, they will learn to relieve stress and pain, and in turn will have a better experience for their own well-being.”

– Judi Bar, Yoga Program Manager at Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute

Read Judi’s personal story of how yoga prevented her from being confined to a wheelchair, and her thoughts on why clinical studies are so important to the future of yoga in health care service delivery: http://huff.to/1dH0R2z

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Inspire your yoga service: join us at the 3rd annual Yoga Service Conference at Omega Institute, May 16th through 18th. This weekend of learning, networking and community is open to anyone who has the desire to create strong, engaged and resilient communities. We hope to see you there!

Video: 5 Steps To Introduce A Trauma-Sensitive Yoga Program To Your Local VA

Are you preparing to teach yoga and mindfulness to veterans in your area? It can take more than technical skills to introduce a trauma-sensitive yoga therapy program to your local Veterans Administration facility – and knowing what to expect can make your journey much easier. Get started with this video slideshow produced by Yael Calhoun, founder of the non-profit GreenTREE Yoga, as she shares some tips on how to “get your foot in the door” of your local VA, secure funding for an evidence-based yoga therapy program, and market a pilot program to prospective students and supporters.

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Help Give Back Yoga Foundation meet our goal of putting evidence-based Yoga For Veterans Toolkits in the hands of 10,000 returning soldiers this year by making a one-time or recurring donation in the amount of your choice. Gifts of any size are welcome – every dollar counts!