Mindful Yoga Therapy for Veterans Google Hangout • 9/19/13

Our first Google Hangout was on September 19.

Here, Give Back Yoga Foundation Executive Director Rob Schware and Mindful Yoga Therapy for Veterans founder and Director Suzanne Manafort were joined by four Veterans. A mix of experienced and aspiring yoga teachers, the group of graduates of the Mindful Yoga Therapy program engage in a lively discussion of the benefits of the program from several perspectives.

In the video, you'll meet (shown across the bottom of the video, from left to right)  Chris Eder, Ellen Magnifico, Emily McFaul, Michael Riley, Rob Schware and Suzanne Manafort.

Some notes and highlights:

  • In 2010, in response to statistics showing over 800,000 men and women returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with some trauma, the Give Back Yoga Foundation began looking for ways to help. This resulted in the production of a toolkit, which was provided free to over 8000 Veterans and 40 hospitals.
  • At next year's Sedona Yoga Festival, a two-day pre-festival intensive will expand the Mindful Yoga Therapy for Veterans program to hundreds of yoga teachers
  • Mindful Yoga Therapy started with asana, and evolved as breath, Yoga Nidra and meditation were added to round out what became the "toolbox." Veterans helped fine tune the program.

And some quotes:

"Mindful Yoga Therapy...struck a chord in my heart and I knew it was where I needed to be." ~Ellen

"...I'd love to take this to other vets to see if I can help them find the kind of peace that I've found in the last year and a half since I've been practicing." ~Michael

"...I figured yoga was a woman in a leotard in the background while somebody tried to sell yogurt...yoga is the single thing that helps me mitigate my symptoms more than anything else." ~Paul

"What sets Mindful Yoga Therapy apart is is number of Veterans associated with the program." ~Chris