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I completed the Yoga Warriors Atlanta training with Dharma Richards in March of this year. The information I learned has added a new dimension to the class I having been leading at the VA Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky. The class is going strong but one of the drawbacks is that it is only for vets receiving services at
the hospital. Because of this I felt led to find a spot and offer a free YW community class that would be open to all vets and their guests.
One evening at a regular yoga class I teach I shared about my Yoga Warrior experience and the desire to expand the classes. The next day a gentleman from a local VFW Post contacted me about hosting a class. One of their members had been in my regular class and recommended he call me. Today, Thursday, May 23, was the first class at the VFW Post. Nine folks attended. Three of the vets were excited because they were able to bring their wives to practice with them. The wives were pretty happy too. My vision is to continue to expand the free YW classes to other locations throughout the Louisville community. We sure are off to a good start.
Each time I lead a Yoga Warriors class I am humbled and blessed. I get back so much more than I give. Thank you for offering the training to make this happen.
Just had to share my excitement with you!
"I have found yoga/meditation to be a major tool in the management of combat related PTSD. Over the years my sleeping habits and anger management has improved."
"Seriously Yoga Warriors is a good way for soldiers to relax and calm their senses through all the things we go through. Highly recommend this."
"I noticed my mind and body change. I loved the stretching. Sleeping better on Tuesday nights and on yoga day I eat better and I feel calmer. This was worth every stretch and muscle pull. I think I even look better."
"I’ve been able to cope more. This is something to look forward to. Great classmates."
"This is a wonderful program! My sleep and anger management has improved. I have peace of mind and body!"
I came to this training to learn the skills to teach and help veterans heal. I came away from this with much personal healing. The training was clear, organized, and interesting. The training manual is extremely user-friendly. Lucy is an excellent teacher, whose experience and compassion shine through from the beginning.
"The Yoga Warrior classes helped me to relax and taught me some techniques to use in everyday life not to be so tense."
Wonderful to hear from you. I was able to teach Yoga Warriors in Afghanistan & the soldiers/officers were incredibly appreciative for the momentary peace & tranquility they gained from the practice. It would absolutely be my pleasure to offer some comments on the experience. Due to the security situation I do not have any pictures. I also taught YW at the Warrior Transition Unit in Fort Eustis, Virginia.
My husband (Active Duty Army) & I are actually moving to Stuttgart, Germany at the end of the month for a 3 year tour and I hope to bring Yoga Warriors to the military base we will be living on. My husband is actually finishing his 200 RYT in the Fall and I would love to bring him to Central Mass Yoga for YW training in the future.
Sandra Doherty, RYT 500
"The Yoga Warriors Training in Apex this past weekend exceeded my highest expectation. As a yoga teacher and a long time psychotherapist, I was thrilled with what I brought back to my practices with me. I have a new set of tools expertly tuned to this population of military service personnel that I long to serve. This evidence based program is practical and yet at the same time full of heart. I can see how this training will be useful to me for years to come.
One additional benefit was the amazing group of dedicated teachers that I met and the inspiration that I received from them. I now have a network all around the southeast of new colleagues!" - Jemme Stewart
"I use YW techniques in classes I teach at two of the hospitals here in the mental/behavioral health departments. Recently I had a veteran who was a former Seal. He was suffering from PTSD . He has latched onto some of the YW techniques and other yogic techniques as well....he LOVES yoga. Thank you for your program." Maxine Deutschendorf certified YWI teacher
"What a blessing this yoga class and all those associated (Diane, the teachers and the participants) have been in my life. We are all getting stronger together, it's amazing. Thank you for your courage and strength. Have a blessed day."
" This class gives you a chance to wind down each week, relax and stretch you mind and your body."
Thank you for such a wonderful experience. I wore my "Yoga Warriors" shirt all day today (my advertising for the area), talking with great passion about the weekend and the vision I have for this area. I feel prepared, ready to go, solid. Your approach is calming and gentle, informative and thorough. The handouts you provided offer great support and provide the opportunity for me to continuously review and practice. If ever you invite interns and need assistants for any workshops, please think about me. I will be there.
I have deep respect for you, and now have hope and contentment combined for the path ahead.
May calm peace fill your spirit,
"I am better able to deal with the stress of living in our society. Through the loving kindness taught at the Central Mass Yoga "Yoga Warriors" classes I am better at forgiving myself of the terrible pain I caused as a combat Vietnam Veteran. I am not working on feeling. I deserve it."
"Yoga Warriors has been amazing! It's become a key part of my overall physical training plan, and has given me stress relieving tools that I use every day. I would strongly encourage returning vets to incorporate this as part of their reintegration."
"This is a gentle, non-invasive way to begin dealing with any PTSD or combat-related stress or reintegration stress as a service member or spouse."
"I wanted to say thank you for sending the yoga straps to my deployed base in southwest Asia. I attend every Yoga Warriors class I can here, and it makes all the difference."
"I am motivated to continue coming. I am impressed with our instructor."
I thoroughly enjoyed the PTSD and the Mind Body Connection training that you recently hosted in Portland, Oregon. I was amazed at how much knowledge I received in two days. You have developed this curriculum with clarity and an ease of understanding and one that motivates us to offer healing through yoga. I am inspired by your compassionate wisdom. Thank you so much for your dedication. The positive affirmations are so instrumental.
Thank you for providing the e-mail list as it will certainly help to create a network of sharing.
I enjoyed meeting all of you and am very impressed with your passion to work with Veterans and others in need of healing. I am the one that works with the Medical clinic on a small Army base at Camp Zama, Japan. I have been working with an Army Internal Medicine Physician, Commander that has a wonderful passion for mindfulness. Over the past 3 years we have provided some Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction courses to US Army Soldiers, Department of the Army Civilian and Japanese employees. The 8 week course is modeled after the MBSR of University of Mass Center for Mindfulness and includes mindful meditation, gentle hatha yoga, etc, all focusing on the breath and being in the present moment. We are currently working survey data and hopefully will be published in the near future. Our initial results showed a decrease in stress and anxiety, along with an increase in improved sleep and outlook on life.
I invite you all to join our Facebook page so you can see the face of us and articles supporting mindfulness and yoga. I would like to share articles from time to time on the neuroscience, and other studies that support the benefits of mindfulness and yoga. I hope you will share your insights and experiences as well.
Facebook: Zama Mindfulness Community http://www.facebook.com/pages/Zama-Mindfulness-Community/546508275369726...
I feel so blessed to have had the opportunity to meet you and share two amazing days in Portland.
Jana York, MS
Health Promotion Educator
Bldg 681, Room 104
Camp Zama, Japan
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