Thank you so much for visiting my fundraising page to support VEToga and their upcoming yoga teacher training in Hawaii!
A lot of you may already know about my journey of personal healing, but if you don't, I have shared my bio below to bring you up to speed.
My goal is to raise $5,000 for the VEToga teacher training program. This goal will help myself and other veterans become certified yoga instructors at no cost.
I feel this is a natural next step for me as I?ve had so much success with yoga and meditation in helping with my recovery from my time in war.
I would ask that you please donate what you can so we can provide this training free of charge to veterans and their families so that we can continue to be of service to our country and help others in need heal too!
Thank you for your generosity!
Tom Voss served on active duty in the United States Army for three years, from 2003 to 2006. Tom served with the 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, an element of the 1st Brigade 25th Infantry Division, one of the Army's first Stryker Infantry Brigades. He served as an infantry scout in the battalion scout-sniper platoon.
In October of 2004, after 20 months of training with his unit, Tom was deployed to Mosul, Iraq to support Operation Iraqi Freedom. While in Iraq, Tom was proud to participate in hundreds of combat missions, convoys, security patrols, raids, area clearance operations, and humanitarian relief operations including providing security for the first democratic elections in Iraq since the invasion. Tom separated from the Army in 2006 with an honorable discharge.
After returning home, Tom struggled with reintegration and was diagnosed with PTSD in 2008. After being pushed to the brink of suicide, Tom knew he had to do something to help himself heal. In 2013, he teamed up with fellow combat veteran Anthony Anderson to plan and execute a 2,700-mile trek from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to Los Angeles, California. This journey was captured on film by Emmy?-nominated documentary filmmaker, Michael Collins. The film, which has enjoyed theatrical releases in New York and Los Angeles and been screened at dozens of film festivals nationwide, is called Almost Sunrise.
The world premiere of Almost Sunrise was at the 2016 Telluride Mountain Film Festival, where it won the Moving Mountains Award. It was also shown at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival in New York City and the American Film Institute (AFI) Film Festival in Washington D.C. Almost Sunrise has since won multiple film festival awards and has played at over 150 community screenings across the country. In November, 2017 Almost Sunrise was broadcast nationally as part of the P.O.V. documentary series on PBS.
For his work empowering veterans to overcome moral injury, Tom has been featured in the New York Times, Newsweek, National Geographic Adventure, Men?s Health, USA Today, Fox News, the Chicago Tribune, Epoch Times, and the Hollywood Reporter. Tom has given presentations and lectures about his journey of hope and healing at Google, the Aspen Ideas Festival, New York University, the Medical College of Wisconsin and United States Congress.
VETOGA, a veteran run non-profit whose mission is to provide yoga, meditation, and healing arts to active-duty military, veterans, their families and communities.
In 2013, the United States Department of Veterans Affairs released a study that covered suicides from 1999 to 2010, showing that roughly 22 veterans committed suicide each day, or one every 65 minutes. Current research has found that yoga and community involvement have a direct impact on the reduction of post-traumatic stress in veterans, as well as generally increasing overall mental well-being.
We have hosted three very successful VETOGA Teacher Training's with 85 graduates from over 65 cities around the U.S. and Australia.
Now VETOGA will be hosting the our 4th Yoga Alliance Certified 200-hour Teacher Training program specifically designed for veterans. We have trained 85 teachers so far through our program from all over the United States. This teacher training will equip veterans with the holistic tools and teachings to pass on the healing benefits of yoga to their veteran communities. Through this work we enable and encourage veterans to create harmony peace for themselves as well as others, allowing them to continue their service in a more peaceful way.
This is where you come in!
We need your help to raise funds that will allow for the training to be zero cost to the veterans.
They have given up enough of their lives in service to us and now we have an opportunity to serve them back. The funds raised will help pay for 20-30 Veterans to attend the VETOGA teacher training's and the following:
Tuition cost of the VETOGA 200 hour teacher training program; Books and materials required for the teacher training program; Yoga Mats and props for each teacher trainee during the training; help with travel and lodging cost for veterans traveling to Hawaii as needed; rental space of the yoga studio; VETOGA Yoga Nidra CD
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Some of the topics covered in this course include:
Techniques for the practice and teaching yoga, meditation, yoga nidra, anatomy and physiology of the human body and anatomy in yoga postures; posture alignment, assists, and adjustments; Voice coaching and training; Teaching methodologies and sequencing; Use of props and variations for physical limitations; Yogic lifestyle and ethics as a teacher; Business of yoga; Karma Yoga and creating community.
Ke'ehi Lagoon Memorial will host this teacher training's this year located in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Spring: May 23rd - June 2nd (2019)
Cost for the Teacher Training per Student:
$3500 - For Non-Hawaii residents
$2500 - For Hawaii residents
The VETOGA Yoga Teacher Training is guided by lead instructors: Justin Blazejewski and Brittanie DeChino and assisted by teacher training staff of veterans and experts for sections in Ayurveda, anatomy and philosophy.