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Lee Learns for a Cause

by Lee Richards

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American Legion Magazine 9/18 issue, featured an article on the benefits of yoga for veterans and VEToga's training of veterans to become yoga instructors.  This program appealed to my desire to become a yoga instructor and assist veterans.  I was introduced to yoga in 1977 after discharge from the Army (1973-76) to help with sleep disturbance and anxiety.  Initially I was self taught and also learned Transcendental Meditation (TM).  Both practices are still an integral part of my life today.  But my love of yoga grew with the expertise of skilled instructors who helped me break bad habits, learn proper technique, build strength and prevent injury.  Yoga is meant for everyone, regardless of limitations.  Your donation will help me teach others the many benefits of yoga.

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

VETOGA TEACHING TRAINING                                                SIGN-UP NOW

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.

Location:
Ke'ehi Lagoon Memorial will host this teacher training's this year located in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Course Dates:
Spring:   May 23rd - June 2nd  (2019) 

Cost for the Teacher Training per Student
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$3500 - For Non-Hawaii residents

$2500 - For Hawaii residents

Course Teachers:
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.

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