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My husband and I both deal with PTSD related symptoms. I have severe anxiety that I deal with every day, and take medication for. I've wanted to find more hollistic approaches to my health for awhile. 

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In the past, I HATED yoga. But then I discovered what I really hated was slowing down and giving myself the time and space to work through my issues. Yoga and meditation have drastically impacted my life in a positive way, and now I want to share that lifestyle with others.

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My husband and I are working on  starting a nonprofit organization that would gift retreats to low-income veteran families. I want to provide yoga and meditation classes as a way to deal with PTSD related symptoms. I also want to hold classes in a "traveling yoga studio" kind of way, and I want those classes to be free, or a significantly-reduced cost, to our veterans. Michael and I want to show people another way to cope with mental health issues we've faced, and provide them with tools to work through it.

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Now, why do I want to do THIS specific training? I've looked at trainings online and trainings near me. They all cost about the same amount of money. Most in-person trainings take place over a weekend, over the course of a few months. This training is all day long for 10 days, something that definitely works better with my schedule.

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I am purchasing my own plane ticket with reward miles, so none of the donations are going to that. I am also looking into finding my own lodging so donations won't be used for that either. I am just trying to cover the cost of my training and materials.

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I would love to attend this training so that we could provide other services for our veterans that deal with the struggles of PTSD.

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I would be so grateful if you could participate in this cause with me by donating or sharing this post.

Thank you for taking the time to read!


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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