Yoga Teacher Training for Veterans

by Ashley Proctor


Campaign has ended.


Aloha Friends!


Thank you so much for visiting my fundraising page to support VEToga and the upcoming yoga teacher training hosted in Hawaii!


This organization is impressive! Not only has it helped 85 other Veterans in the last 3 years to learn and achieve their Yoga Teaching Certifications; it continues to educate and seek donations so that more Veterans may get the same opportunity. For VEToga’s 4th annual YTT hosted in Hawaii, I have been granted the opportunity to achieve the same certification with a little help from friends and family. I don’t like just asking for donations without a little background, so I will do my best to explain why I think this opportunity is fit for me…


The Army was hands down the best option and decision for me at the time that I enlisted. I was young and ready for a greater purpose, not quite ready to go to college like many of my classmates. After 7 years in the Army National Guard and Active components (2007-2014), I developed a close bond with many outstanding soldiers, my comrades were more like my family, but after some time I (much like many other Veterans) endured some mental and physical injuries on duty that left me with pain, anxiety, depression, and in search of a healthier lifestyle. In 2011, I started practicing yoga infrequently while I was still enlisted and found that I enjoyed the practice, but it was really hard to meditate and commit to it regularly. Fast-forward to 2013, I had worked through some of my limitations that allowed me to start practicing more regularly. Since then I have practiced several types of yoga from Vinyasa flow, Bikram, Hot yoga, Restorative, Yin, Kundalini, and even some Acro yoga. Since getting out of the Army, I have traveled independently to gain perspective and insight on other ways of life; I have studied Psychology at the University of Oregon and obtained my B.S. in Psychology with a focus in trauma. I was moving towards a life of service in the Mental Health field when I found out that my husband and I would be expecting our first child. With a hold on those plans, I have thought long and hard about how I can still be here for my family while serving my community and it has lead me here. I feel this is a natural next step for me as I have had so much success with yoga and meditation in helping with my recovery and cannot think of a better next step in my life than to be able to offer these benefits to others.


Although it is very uncomfortable for me to ask for any sort of donation, I find that this cause is more important than my discomfort. Therefore, I ask humbly that you donate whatever you can to help not just myself, but other Veterans selected for the upcoming Yoga Teacher Training in Hawaii.


“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”  -Ralph Waldo Emerson

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.

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

Cost for the Teacher Training per Student

$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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