This year I turned 40 & I've decided that I want to BE the change that I wish to see in the world! I am a United States Air Force veteran that served from 1997-2004. Since exiting the military I have dealt with allot of stress and anxiety. While living in Hawaii I was treated for anxiety at Tripler Army Medical Center. I have volunteered with the Wanderlust Yoga Festival since 2014.
Learning about and practicing YOGA has really allowed me to find a peace in my life I never knew was possible before Yoga. I have since been able to discontinue taking perscription medication for anxiety and feel a new sense of purpose... to help others do the same. I also grew up with a father that suffered from PTSD and I never really understood his disability. I want to inform others and HELP those affected to find PEACE utilizing the techniques that I've learned and practiced for some time now.
I began my Yoga journey about 8 years ago and have gained many incredible benifits from practicing. I have a bachelor's degree in Psychology and hope to someday teach Yoga globally and reach as many people as possible to help heal those affected with anxiety, depression & PTSD and the ones who love them. PLEASE donate to help me achieve my dream of becoming a Yoga instructor with the knowledge and skills to help other VETERANS. Every dollar you donate will help me to make this dream a reality. No donation is too small. THANK YOU!
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.