Yael Calhoun on Working With Veterans: “I Can Feel Myself Breathe”

Executive Director Rob Schware talks with GreenTREE Yoga founder Yael Calhoun for The Huffington Post Blog to learn how a body-based yoga practice can help veterans begin to heal from trauma.

“I was sitting in front a group of vets, all large men from residential substance abuse. I looked at them sitting and waiting for me to do something, (and) I couldn’t speak! I felt the weight of the opportunity and I just didn’t want to get it wrong. I finally made myself start talking… and we did the practice, just as Dave Emerson taught me. They loved it. One guy said at the end, “I could feel myself breathe. I haven’t been able to do that.”

– Yael Calhoun, founder of GreenTREE Yoga, a non-profit that offers trauma-sensitive yoga programs and professional education

Click here to read Yael’s thoughts on why the world needs lots of yoga teachers sharing what they love, and her tips for working with individuals who are recovering from trauma.


Do you want to bring the transformational power of yoga and meditation to underserved populations? Join Give Back Yoga at the Sedona Yoga Festival in February for a two-day Mindful Therapeutic Yoga Practices for Veterans pre-conference training that provides yoga teachers with clinically-proven techniques to help students recover from trauma and emotional stress.