Event Shines Light on Post Traumatic Stress, Yoga for Veterans

Yoga venues across the country are mobilizing for the Sixth Annual Veterans Yoga Project Gratitude Week.

Cleveland Yoga will join hundreds of teachers and yoga studios across the nation November 8-18, 2019 to thank veterans for their service to the country. The week-long event is designed to call attention to trauma-related conditions and the power of yoga as a tool for healing. Donation-based classes will raise funds for yoga programs for veterans and their families in the communities where funds are raised.  On November 10, from 1:00 – 2:15 PM, Cleveland Yoga teacher Christina LaMarca and Dan Abraham LSW,LCDC III (U.S.Army Veteran) and Community Employment Coordinator from the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center will lead a donation-based class at the Cleveland Yoga Beachwood location.  REGISTER HERE>>

“I’ve witnessed firsthand how important a consistent yoga and meditation practice is for veterans dealing with Post Traumatic Stress (PTS),” said Dr. Daniel Libby, a clinical psychologist and Executive Director of the Veterans Yoga Project. “The success we have seen is the reason we are on a mission to bring yoga to all veterans.”

More than 2 million American veterans are struggling with these PTS symptoms and an average of 20 American veterans commit suicide each day. The downward spiral that begins with physiological dysfunction leads to overwhelming symptoms, difficulty managing everyday stressors, “burned bridges,” and significant legal, medical, and financial difficulties.

Launched in 2011, Veterans Yoga Project works in partnership with veterans, active-duty military personnel, student veteran organizations, and non-profit organizations. Veterans Yoga Project-trained instructors teach more than 100 free yoga classes each week for veterans and their families around the country and Germany.

“The skills and the connections fostered in our programs support the evolution from post-traumatic stress to post-traumatic growth for veterans with whom we work,” Libby said.

Veterans Gratitude Week launched in 2014 with 96 classes in 25 states. Last year, 500 classes were taught across all 50 states. The week-long fundraising event has raised more than $326,000 in the last five years. This year, Veterans Yoga Project has a fundraising goal of $100,000 through 600 classes across all 50 states.

“Participating in Veterans Gratitude Week is more than just thanking a veteran for their service,” Libby said. “It’s a tangible way to give back to those who have sacrificed in service of our country.”

Veterans Yoga Project invites yoga teachers, studios and other venues to host or teach a class during VGW2019. Yoga studios and teachers looking to participate can sign up here. Once registered, participating studios will receive an information packet and their class will be listed on a searchable class database on Veterans Gratitude Week.

About Veterans Yoga Project: An IRS-recognized 501(c)(3) charitable organization, Veterans Yoga Project’s mission is to support recovery and resilience in the lives of our veterans, families and communities.