Hi, My name is Brittany but I go by Chaé. I am a 30-year-old Army veteran and mindfulness saved my life. I got out of active duty in 2014. That was arguably the roughest year of my life. The transition from having a very organized and almost robotic life to being out in what felt like constant chaos really took a toll on me. As much as I had longed to be a civilian again, I quickly realized I did not understand anything about the civilian life anymore. I found myself stuck in the house often (due to mental health issues I gained from the military and my difficulty assimilating to civilian life) and when I was out in public dying to return to the four walls in which I knew to be home. It was a very dark space and finding people to talk to about it was hard because most people couldn't relate to the troubles I had. I began to get suicidal. I knew I had to do something. So, I booked a trip to California for a 5-day camp, about mindfulness and spiritual development. And that's where my spiritual journey started and my first actual contact with yoga. At first, I hated it. I have always been a person that expresses themselves through the body. I dance, I have trained in different forms of martial arts, I use lots of hands gestures and movements when I speak, and hey, I joined the Army! But those types of things are all very fast and aggressive, I didn't have to think, I just did. Yoga asked me to slow down, really feel my body, and listen to my mind. It was so crazy and dark in there I resented it but I kept practicing on and off throughout the years. In 2017, I met a yogi who would soon be my partner while also entering a rites of passage program which "forced" me to do yoga and eventually I fell in love. Yoga is the perfect mind, body, soul connection especially for people like me who are natural "warriors". Now, I want to share this with everyone. I have a passion to teach it to others. I can be great at this. My dreams are to take Yoga into disenfranchised neighborhoods and to work closely with veterans. More specifically recently disconnected veterans because there wasn't a lot of help or programs rightly accessible to me when I got out of the military, so I want to extend this gift to other vets. And that's where you come in. I need help to raise money so I can become a certified Yoga Teacher.
Please hit the donate button to donate to my fund to get me to Yoga Teacher Training so I can actualize my dreams. Thank you for the support. Peace and blessings.
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.