FREE Yoga for Veterans
Providing free and low cost yoga and mindfulness practices to veterans and active military service members
The ongoing FREE Yoga for Veterans classes at Yoga in ME provide something even more: 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. 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.
I am a Navy veteran, serving in the early 1980’s.I retired in 2018, from a very physical career. I have chronic pain in my back, neck, shoulder, arms, feet and toes. Dealing with these ailments cause a lack of steadiness and confidence in activities that should be enjoyable.
I started participating in the Free Yoga for Veterans two years ago.It is held three times a week. Recently, I have noticed two improvements to my life. First, my balance has greatly improved. I feel more comfortable and supported in my body and secure on the ground. In addition, the golf ball has been traveling farther and swing seems more fluid.
The second improvement has been to my breathing. In yoga we focus on our breath. “If you are breathing, you are doing it right” is often said in class. I never thought of how to breath in or out, deep or shallow because breathing has always been a struggle. My whole life I have lived with a deviated nasal septum, thus making me a mouth breather 80% of the day. This makes common activities like eating and sleeping difficult. Nasal surgery was not a good option for me so I have lived with this condition. After two years of yoga with a focus on nostril breath, my nasal passages are more open and clear. I now can breath nasally at least 50% of the time! I have built up a larger lung capacity and can relax my breath more. Who would have thought the answer was yoga?
If you can breathe, even a bit, you can do yoga
Gene Gene Mickey
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