Veterans Yoga Project

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On Friday, November 15, Ocean Bliss Yoga hosted a donation-based class to benefit the Veterans Yoga Project (VGP) during Veterans Gratitude Week (Nov. 8-18).  More than 600 classes were offered during this week in the U.S., Germany, Canada and Japan! Sarah Arikian, one of our teachers, brought the organization to our attention a few years ago, and every year she guides this special class. Sarah modeled the class Friday on VYP classes she has taken at Stevens Institute in NJ and at West Point, incorporating the five tools of the Mindful Resilience/Mindful Yoga Therapy program: Breath, Meditation, Mindful Movement, Guided Rest and Gratitude.

You’ll never guess who showed up at our door to attend class: none other than the founder of the Veterans Yoga Project, Dan Libby. What a surprise and honor to have him join the class. Through Dan, trained instructors teach over 100 free yoga classes each week for veterans and their families. These practices are adapted and delivered to maximize their ability to undo the nervous system dysfunctions that underlie symptoms of stress-related conditions. 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.

In addition, the program provides mindful resilience in addiction and trauma treatment programs, places trained veteran yoga teachers in treatment programs, provides veteran yoga teachers with specialty yoga teacher training, provides practice resources for veterans in recovery and conducts healing retreats for veterans in recovery. 

We commend Dan’s efforts, the dedication of his team and those affiliated with this organization for their service to the very special community of veterans who have served all of us.  

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