Yoga Across America’s initiative, “Yoga for American Soldiers,” is saving lives and healing the wounds our soldiers are returning home with from war. YAA is sharing yoga, meditation and breathing exercises to active duty soldiers and veterans. We are reaching out to all branches of the military, teaching yoga to hundreds of troops.
“Yoga gave me faith that my body has more power than I believed it had.It gives me freedom to believe in myself,” states Tim Taylor, Army Specialist and Wounded Warrior, Afghanistan.
Soldiers are experiencing healing, inspiration and possibility through practicing yoga with YAA. They tell us they enjoy the practice and would like more yoga in their lives.
“Yoga is one of the most powerful exercises I’ve ever done. I was afraid to do it the first time I did it. But after I finished, I was in such a relaxed state of mind that I didn’t want to quit. I wanted to just drift off into that moment, because I don’t get those moments very often,” says Sgt. Rob Boyce, Wounded Warrior
11-11-11 Veterans Day YOGA FOR AMERICAN SOLDIERS Yoga Across America is thrilled to announce its new initiative, "Yoga for American Soldiers." As troops return home from war, many are injured physically, mentally, or both. Bringing yoga into their lives will help them use their breath and move their bodies to let go of stress. Their war experiences are unfathomable. Most of us will never experience what these troops have endured on the battlefields, or the memories of war that replay over and over in their minds. For decades, war veterans have returned home and found themselves feeling helpless and lost. The number of soldiers who end up living on the streets is staggering. Today's veterans are coming home to a challenging economy and worried about finding jobs. Through Yoga for American Soldiers, we will co-create healthy, happier communities where these men and women will find support through yoga, both on and off their mats. Yoga for American Soldiers will transform lives, families, and communities as these men and women return home and adjust to life outside of a war zone. By making yoga classes available, our nation's heroes will have the opportunity to focus on strength, balance, and peace.