Benefit Class for Veterans at SYC on November 12th!

My Upcoming Benefit Yoga Class Supports The Veterans Yoga Project

Sunday November 12th, 10:30am-12:00pm

An average of 20 American Veterans commit suicide every day! The Veterans Yoga Project is dedicated to teaching veterans self-regulation skills consisting of breath, meditation, mindful movement, guided rest, and gratitude. Support our veterans and this organization’s mission in Lindsay’s special dynamic yin benefit class on November 12th at Samyama Yoga Center, Palo Alto! This class is donation-based (class packages will not be accepted, cash or check only) and all proceeds will be donated to the Veterans Yoga Project. (Suggested donation $25)

Veterans Yoga Project is an educational and advocacy organization dedicated to improving the health and well-being of military veterans.

 Working in partnership with veterans, active-duty military personnel, student veterans’ organizations, and other non-profit organizations, VYP-trained instructors teach over 100 free yoga classes each week for veterans and their families. By providing support to all veterans, whether they are currently struggling with severe symptoms, or they are focused on increasing resilience and giving back to others, Veterans Yoga Project is doing its part to serve those who have served.

Many Veterans are Suffering from Post Traumatic Stress, but Yoga can Help!

From the Veterans Yoga Project Website:

Overwhelming traumatic experiences lead to semi-permanent changes in nervous system functioning. After a traumatic experience, the nervous system often gets ‘stuck’ in emergency response mode, responding to current circumstances in the context of the traumatic circumstances.

These changes in nervous system functioning cause symptoms of post-traumatic stress.  This includes changes in physiological arousal levels, persistent sleep difficulties, intrusive thoughts and memories about the trauma, concentration difficulties, severe emotional pain, and avoidance and isolation.

The symptoms of post-traumatic stress lead to problems navigating everyday situations.  People with PTS(D) often feel like their bodies, minds, and entire lives are out of control.

Difficulties in job performance, academic performance and family responsibilities lead to significant psychosocial problems.  PTS(D) is associated with increased rates of divorce, unemployment, homelessness, and legal issues.

The deterioration of social supports often lead to hospitalization, incarceration, or suicide.  More than 2 million American veterans are struggling with these PTS(D) symptoms (not to mention American civilians and civilian and veterans of other countries). Despite heroic efforts by many in and out of the VA system, the men and women who have served us are not getting the services they need. 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.   An average of 20 American veterans commit suicide each day!

Warriors at Ease also offers a number of valuable links, resources and research articles demonstrating the great benefits Yoga can bring to people suffering from PTSD