I have the chance at an amazing opportunity! Thank you for considering to donate toward my training. It represents your passion to support our local veterans and their families.
I was born and raised in North Carolina, but moved to Texas about 15 years ago. Always loved the outdoors, but was never into organized sports. While teaching aerobics during a break from college, I rather spontaneously decided to join the Army National Guard to assist with college funding. Now, 16 years later, I work fulltime as the Operations NCOIC for a Signal Battalion, serve as a Signal Company First Sergeant, and as the Battalion Master Fitness Trainer. In my personal endeavors I have attended the CrossFit Level 2, Weightlifting, Mobility, and Kids courses. I hope in the near future to enroll in a Nutritional Therapy Certification and additional fitness training courses. No husband or children, just a passion for fitness and sharing that passion with those around me.
I've always had a passion to help support military members and their dependents but wasn't quite sure how to express it. I believe providing yoga classes on my base and throughout the Houston area could make a significant impact. Our base houses every branch and division of service: Active, Reservists, and Guardsmen, but lacks most of the amenities you would find at a regular installation. There is a small gym provided by the Air Force, but absolutely no supervised training. I had the privilege of working with CrossFit Spartan Shield while overseas and saw how successful a Soldiers-helping-Soldiers type of environment can provide for the overall morale and welfare. It was wonderful to watch Soldiers from all over volunteer their free time and talents in various fields such as yoga, Zumba, aerobics, and CrossFit. Since returning, I strive to bring this community of like-minded individuals together here at our home station, and give us a place to explore our passions as a team. Being able to add yoga instruction to our services has the opportunity to affect a large number of Soldiers and their dependents in the Greater Houston area. Even without a large military installation, Houston is still home to more than 5 thousand veterans. Of those, many still serve in the Guard and Reserve. Yet, they face the same struggles of maintaining the optimal fitness of their younger years when not being forced to work out every day as they had previously. Yoga has such enormous impacts on an individual's health and wellness. By making yoga so easily accessible and by taking the financial commitment away, I know that these services can help to create a fit and united military family for Ellington.
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.