Hello Dear Friends!
We are delighted to let you know about our upcoming show this Friday, September 16th at 11 am EST / 8 am PST / 9 am MST we will turn our gaze to the large population of those who are returning from service in Iraq and Afghanistan, exploring the question of how yoga can be of service in this transition and how the yoga community can support our troops.
Here are some of the questions this show will be asking:
*What is significant about the practice of yoga for those who are returning from war and what does yoga have to offer that is different from other, more mainstream approaches?
*What are some of the ways that the community at large can be more receptive to and understanding of its veterans?
*How can the yoga community and the military community potentially acknowledge common ground and what, if anything, do they have to teach each other?
We will invite former marine and soon to be yoga teacher Hugo Patrocinio onto the air to share his unique perspective on yoga and how his practice supported him through his transition out of combat and into his life. Hugo will also share with us some of his ideas about how yoga can support the veteran community and the ways that we can all give back.
We will also welcome Rob Schware onto the show, a board member of the Give Back Yoga Foundation and contributor of the soon to be released ‘Give the Gift of Yoga to Vets’ campaign; a collection of resources for veterans practicing yoga, including a book (Finding Peace: A Yoga Guide for Veterans, Active Duty Military Service Members and Their Families, by Beryl Bender Birch and James Fox ) and three meditation cds: (Deep Relaxation with Yoga Nidra by Patty Townsend and Rod Stryker, iRest Yoga Nidra: Easing into Stillness by Karen Soltes and Breathe In, Breathe Out: Quick and Easy Breathing Practices to Help Balance the Nervous System by Suzanne Manafort ).
The ‘Give the Gift of Yoga to Vets’ campaign is currently raising money to help distribute these materials to veterans and their families beginning in early December. (to make a contribution to the Give the Gift of Yoga Campaign, click here.) Rob will share with us the ways that we can contribute to the campaign as well as inform us of what other organizations are working to provide yoga to veterans. *(For a complete list of these resources see below)
This will truly be a special show. We will invite both personal testimony as well as discuss the concrete steps towards providing the service of yoga to those who have already served. So whether you are interested in hearing about the power of yoga in a new and powerful context or interested in finding a way to give back, then tune in this Friday to Where is My Guru. If you can’t join us, then we would be honored if you would pass this message along to those whom you know who might benefit from, or be interested in Giving the Gift of Yoga to our veterans.
If you would like to join us, please feel free to call anytime between 11 am – 12 pm EST / 8 am – 9 am PST / 9 am – 10 am MST on Friday, August 26th at the below contact information:
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Jessica Durivage, Diane Ferraro and Lilly Bechtel
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“Over the past few months, this meditation has helped me realize how closely connected my physical and mental pain are. I told my wife that I feel like i’m untangling a big knot. I didn’t know which strand was which when it was all knotted together, but as I do the meditation, I feel myself unwinding. As I undo the knot, I see what was mental and what was physical and how letting go of each helps the other.”
-Jon, Vietnam Veteran
Organizations Serving Veterans with Yoga and/or working in Tandem with the Give Back Yoga Foundation
*Adaptive Sports Foundation: an organization bringing sports to disabled youth and is the recent founder of the Warriors in Motion program which works to provide veterans with a basic knowledge and practice of wellness. http://www.adaptivesportsfoundation.org
*Yoga for Vets: Yoga for vets maintains a list of studios, gyms and teachers that offer at least four free classes to war or conflict veterans that served, or are currently serving, in the United States Military. http://www.yogaforvets.org/
*Warriors at Ease: Trains yoga and meditation teachers to teach in military settings.http://warriorsatease.com/
*Wounded Warriors Project: organization that seeks to raise public awareness, assist injured service members and provide programs to meet the needs of men and women returning home. http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/mission.aspx
*Healing Combat Trauma: Provides resources for and about healing combat trauma with a focus on providing medical, psychological and legal care for veterans and their families. http://www.healingcombattrauma.com/
*There and Back Again: Provides reintegration support services to veterans of all conflicts.http://thereandback-again.org/
*The Veterans Yoga Project: Brings together information and resources for anyone interested in the use of Yoga as a therapeutic practice for Veterans. http://www.veteransyogaproject.org/
*Yoga Basics: Provides free online support and information for those seeking to establish or maintain a yoga practice. http://www.yogabasics.com/
*Yogadownload.com: Offers online customized yoga classes for anyone seeking to establish or maintain a yoga practice. http://www.yogadownload.com/
*Yogis Anonymous: Provides both online and in person classes in a safe, non-judgmental atmosphere. http://yogisanonymous.com/
Individuals Serving Veterans with Yoga and/or working in Tandem with the Give Back Yoga Foundation
*David Emerson: Head of the Yoga Program at the Trauma Center in Brookline, MA and co-author ofOvercoming Trauma Through Yoga: Reclaiming Your Body. http://www.traumacenter.org/clients/yoga_svcs.php
*Beryl Bender Birch: Director and founder of The Hard and the Soft Yoga Institute, co-founder of The Give Back Yoga Foundation and co-author of Finding Peace: A Yoga Guide for Veterans
* Patty Townsend, director of Yoga Center Amherst, developer of embodyoga teacher training programs and co-creator of the CD: Deep Relaxation with Yoga Nidra, donated as part of the Give the Gift of Yoga to Vets Campaign: http://www.yogacenteramherst.com/teacher_patty.html
*Rod Stryker, Para Yoga: Founder of Para Yoga, author of the Four Desires, and co-creator of the CD:Deep Relaxation with Yoga Nidra, donated as part of the Give the Gift of Yoga to Vets Campaign: http://www.parayoga.com/
Suzanne Manafort: serves as a board member of the Give Back Yoga Foundation and is the creator of the CD: Breathe In, Breathe Out: Quick and Easy Breathing Practices to Help Balance the Nervous System, donated as part of the Give the Gift of Yoga Campaign.
*Daniel Hickman, Nosara Yoga: Creator of For VetsYoga, an introductory yoga dvd for veterans, featuring interviews with vets who have found yoga to be essential for their healing process .https://www.nosarayoga.com/faculty-bios/daniel-e-hickman
*Robin Carnes, Walter Reed Army Medical Center: The yoga and iRest yoga nidra meditation instructor for a multi-disciplinary PTSD treatment program and the CEO of Warriors at Ease.http://yoganidranow.com/