FREE Yoga for Veterans
Providing free and low cost yoga and mindfulness practices to veterans and active military service members
Clinical studies show that yoga for veterans can help individuals sleep better, enjoy a greater sense of well-being, relieve depression and hopelessness, cope with and even resolve anxiety and fear, find escape from the “fight or flight” response, and control anger and strong emotions.
The ongoing FREE Yoga for Veterans classes at Yoga in ME provide something even more than a short-term clinical study offer: community, friendship, support, mutual trust, and a sense of belonging.
All levels are welcome at FREE Yoga for Veterans classes. Most of the veterans who come to FYFV classes never did yoga before coming to the studio. The instructor will help you get started with the class and you will very quickly start to notice you feel better, however, we think you will find that the camaraderie will be what keeps you coming back.
Knowing that I needed an exercise routine that would get me stretching and moving in ways that would give me a firmer body, in early June this year I was inspired by a talk you gave to my Rotary Club and attended a free Veterans Yoga session. Subsequently, I followed through with the six week Beginner’s Course and have attended regular basics sessions twice a week ever since.
Yoga from the start gives me a mind/body connection that I didn’t k now would result, releasing any stress that I didn’t know I had in my life. I feel firmer and am gradually getting more flexible, though at age 73 I don’t compare to those who are younger have been more athletic in their lives. I have always power-walked several days a week and have done a rudimentary routine at the gym, but Yoga has given me more immediate relief from lingering lower back pain resulting from walking all day on the hard floors of my auction gallery and my overall musculature is firmer. I have also lost weight due to changes in diet, something I attribute to Yoga.Hap Moore
Veterans often have hidden pains from long past situations, YOGA is that sand-bag bunker in the field of combat that allows you to go for relief and safety of a comfort zone. I guess in the civilian world YOGA is the oasis. If I have trouble sleeping at night, it’s the deep breathing that always works.Bob Kaszynski
These practices are clinically tested and empirically informed.
FREE Yoga for veterans at Yoga in ME is based on Mindful Yoga Therapy, a clinically tested and empirically informed 12 week protocol.