This Veterans Day, November 11, the organization Yoga for Vets is inviting yoga studios across the nation to sign up with YFV, and hold a special class for veterans and pass the hat, or give a portion of the day’s receipts to Yoga For Vets.
The founder of Yoga For Vets, Paul Zipes, is having his Veterans Day class at a local college near Panama City, FL. Part of the proceeds will go to the campus veterans group, the rest goes back to Yoga For Vets.
Yoga For Vets was started by Paul, a former Navy Diver who took a yoga class on a dare. Now a yoga teacher and the owner of a studio, he started YFV as a way to help honor the men and women who serve our country, and to say “Welcome home.”
Studio owners and teachers can sign up with Yoga For Vets to offer 4 free classes to Combat Veterans. “All I want is for yogis to say, “Welcome Home,” and for veterans to get a good night’s sleep,” says Paul. To date, over 300 studios nationwide have accepted this challenge. Yoga For Vets provides a listing on their site so veterans can find a studio in their community.
The organization leaves the business decisions to each studio. This gives studios the chance to network in their community with the active duty, reserves, National Guard, veterans and families in their community. All YFV does is encourage yoga studio owners to begin a conversation.
Here are some places for yoga teachers and studio owners to reach out:
- National Guard Armories
- Armed Forces Reserves
- Local Active Duty Military Bases
- Veterans Centers
- Blue Star Family Groups
- Family Readiness Groups (on bases)
- University ROTC Battalions (Many of their soldiers and especially their leaders, have deployed).
- College Veterans Services Offices
- Local chapters of national organizations: IAVA, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Vets, Am-Vets, USO
- Local military support groups
- Alumni groups for military service academies (West Point, Annapolis, Air Force Academy)
There may not be a stampede at the door, but starting a conversation and building a relationship with the military community will guarantee a slow and steady flow over time.
In addition, if you’re a veteran, or friend, you can appeal to the yoga studio in your town. Yoga is already being used at many military bases to reduce stress, and help alleviate symptoms of PTSD. You can approach local yoga studios about this opportunity, and ask then to give 4 free classes to veterans by signing up with Yoga For Vets.