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“It was a puzzle piece connecting disparate parts of my life, and gave me much to think about as I consider a return to Afghanistan…”  -Participant, after the War Photographers’ Retreat

The mission of the War Retreat is to alleviate the physical and emotional symptoms of PTSD for those who have gone through wars, conflicts and disasters.

War Retreat is part of The Black Lotus Yoga Project.  Your donation will help us plan and stage classes, workshops, and retreats for those suffering from complex, chronic PTSD. Black Lotus also develops training materials for yoga teachers and therapists in Trauma-Sensitive Yoga. Your donation will also help with the minimal costs to maintaining our websites. Our yoga events for those suffering from PTSD are either free or available for a very low cost, so your donation is much appreciated.

Upcoming related events being planned include workshops at Camp Lejeune for active duty Marines and their families, in Los Angeles, as well as ongoing classes for veterans in Lowell, MA.  In addition, Dave Emerson will be teaching a Trauma-Sensitive Yoga Teacher Training at Kripalu this Fall. We recently finished the first-ever War Photographers’ Retreat.

About The Black Lotus Yoga Project

The Black Lotus Yoga Project is a 501 (c)(3) in Cambridge MA. The mission of the Black Lotus Yoga Project is to alleviate suffering from PTSD.

Founded by Dave Emerson in 2004, The Black Lotus Project has been the center for retreats for people with chronic complex PTSD seeking relief from its symptoms through breathing awareness, trauma-sensitive yoga and body awareness. Our participants include women, adolescents, veterans of war, First Responders, human rights workers, contractors, journalists, and families. Our efforts include workshops, retreats, and teacher trainings. We also donate our studio space in Cambridge MA for a study on yoga and Veterans through the Institute of Extraordinary Living, Directed by Stephen Cope and we host classes for Veterans through the Veterans Community Care Center in Lowell, MA.

David Emerson works professionally with who have been diagnosed with chronic, complex, PTSD in educational settings and is clinical yoga director at The Trauma Center,  where he works under renown PTSD researcher and psychiatrist, Bessel van der Kolk, M.D. Emerson is also the author of the book, Overcoming Trauma Through Yoga: Reclaiming Your Body.

Black Lotus Yoga is a 501 (c)(3) organization (Federal ID #200150050). All donations are tax deductible to the extent allowable by law. Please consult your tax professional for advice. No goods or services are being received in exchange for your donation. Our address is 91 Sidney Street, Cambridge MA 02139.  Thank you for donating!

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From Active Duty to the Active Life: Stress reduction through movement & breath. Resources from the military family for veterans, contractors, combat journalists, and their families.


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