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- Baghdad Yoga
Michele Spencer offered yoga classes to her peers while stationed in Baghdad and continues to offer them upon returning to the U.S.
- The Exalted Warrior Foundation
The Exalted Warrior Foundation facilitates a yoga instruction program that is designed for wounded soldiers in military and veteran hospital facilities. Practice varies from gentle to intense. They work at Walter Reed Army Medical Center with the soldiers individually and with patients, families, staff, and caregivers in classes. They also offer classes at James A Haley Veterans Hospital, at Yogani Studios, and at the Brooklyn VA.
- There & Back Again
TABA is a non-profit organization that is privately funded to provide veterans free services. It offers a structured program of yoga, meditation and alternative approaches to healing.
- Yoga for Vets
This web site lists yoga studios, gyms, teachers and veterans hospitals that offer four or more free yoga lessons to veterans.
- Yoga for Vets NYC
Founded by a former Marine, Anu Bhagwati, this program is designed specifically for veterans dealing with injuries or trauma, but every veteran is welcome, regardless of age, era or experience. Classes are small enough to give attention to individual students who may be dealing with specific injuries, challenges or disabilities. No prior experience with yoga is necessary. Each class includes breathing techniques, meditation, deep relaxation, and poses which are therapeutic or invigorating..
- Yoga Warriors
Lucy Cimini developed this program to help veterans who suffer from Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The program was established at the Central Mass Yoga Institute and classes now are offered nationwide. They also offer teacher training certificaiton workshops.
- Florian Villa
Florian Villa offers subsidized retreats for veterans and families of fallen firefighters.
- Baldauf, Scott; Battling stress, Indian soldiers tap yoga; The Christian Science Monitor; 8/8/2006.
- Bessette, Alicia; A Soldier's Heart: Veterans and PTSD; Yoga+ Magazine ; 5-6/2006.
- Blakely, Rhys; Warrior pose turns Indian yoga soldiers into deadly foes; The Times; 6/2/2008.
- Coukell, Allan; War Veterans Seek Peace Through Yoga; NPR Morning Edition; 3/1/2007.
- Greiner, Angela; Veterans benefiting from 'Yoga Warriors'; Community Advocate; 8/1/2008.
- Kennedy, Kelly; Reservist's yoga class keeps deployed troops centered; Army Times; 12/22/2006.
- Nardini, Sadie; The War Of Yoga: Bringing Our Troops To The Mat!; The Huffington Post; 11/30/2009.
- Nelson, Melissa; Yoga gives troops solace, core training; Army Times; 7/17/2006.
- Om alone: Yoga helps after injuries and builds flexibility: More troops are doing it. But they'll never tell their friends; Army Times; 8/7/2006.
- Owens, Heather M.; Yoga studio plans benefit class for Hope for the Warriors; The Globe; 5/22/2009.
- Pilarczyk, Jamie; Reaching Out To Heal; The Tampa Tribune; 3/22/2008.
- Reeves, Steve; Yoga helps vets find balance; www.army.mil; 1/7/2010.
- Rivers, Eileen; Finding peace after Iraq: Medical center teaches combat veterans yoga, meditation; Many Hands;
- Soldiers learn to loosen up with yoga: Breathing exercises, postures help forces find focus - and peace; MSNBC; 7/16/2006.
- Sullivan, Sharon; Disabled vets find relief through yoga; Grand Junction Free Press; 5/15/2009.
- Wills, Denise Kersten; Healing Life's Traumas; Yoga Journal (online).
- Yoga Warriors; WBUR Here & Now; 8/11/2009