“These are not regular yoga classes. Teachers need to be prepared before teaching people with combat stress or PTSD,” says Lucy Cimini,
President of Yoga Warriors International.
Give Back Yoga Foundation offers free yoga and mindfulness resources
to veterans. They give support and funding to certified yoga teachers in
all traditions to offer the teachings of yoga to underserved segments of
the community, including veterans.
“Our veterans have given much, far too many are poorly treated, and
when their service comes to an end they face PTSD-related challenges.
I have a heartfelt desire to be of help,” says Bhava Ram, who is participating in a Yoga for Veterans weekend event in Hollywood in November. Although the largest demographic experiencing post-traumatic
stress is veterans, the healing tools of yoga and meditation are beneficial to all.
As Miten puts it, “When I look around, I see almost everyone I know
under some kind of stress due to the speed, noise, and intensity of modern life.” Yoga has become not only an option in relieving this stress and
trauma in the nervous system, it’s a proven tool that is healing many and
making a significant difference for the heroes of our country.
MantraFest 2013, November 1, 2103.
Deva Premal and Miten with GuruGanesh Singh.
Barnum Hall, Santa Monica High School.
Yoga for Trauma, November 9, 2013.
A two-part workshop with Mischa Allen.
Black Dog Yoga, Sherman Oaks.
Yoga for Heroes, November 22-24, 2013.
Three separate workshops on healing trauma and living
a more joyful life. Free for vets, military, and first responders.
Golden Bridge Yoga, Hollywood.
Veteran’s Yoga Project, January 10-12, 2014.
‘Mindful Resilience for Trauma Recovery’ Teacher Training
Resource Center for Non-Violence, Santa Cruz.
YogaFit for Warriors Teacher Training,
January 18, 2014. Long Beach.
Give Back Yoga and Sedona Yoga Festival
February 6-7, 2014
Mindful Therapeutic Practices for Veterans
Two-day intensive training for yoga teachers
iRest Level 1 Training, October 1-5, 2014.
Teaches basic principles, practice, and delivery of iRest.
Yoga Works, Hollywood. irest.us
Olivia Kvitne is a yoga instructor specializing in trauma-sensitive classes for military
and first responders. She teaches power, yin and Hatha classes throughout LA including
for the LA Fire Department. Olivia is an editorial assistant for LA Yoga Magazine.
THEYOGAABBEY.COM / TWITTER @OLIVIAKVITNE.