Send Hope to Veterans in Need

by Hope Rosemary


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“Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.”

Haruki Murakami

2019 is my 10th year of practicing yoga and VETOGA is a program that speaks to the trauma and healing practice that I have both experienced and witnessed. As a family member to several service men and women it would be an incredible honor to pick up the torch and guide others towards healing.

All of us experience trauma. It is part of living. As we move through new phases of life, we must evaluate the way we manage our responses, evolving our coping mechanisms. Yoga provides a safe framework for developing a concern for one’s own wellbeing. It reminds us to breathe, guides us through movement while cultivating stillness, and coaxes us to notice where we may be resisting. It is a practice that has been taught since before the common era with an emphasis on ending suffering while honoring the senses.

Where are you hurting?

When did it start?

Do you understand why?

Pain is real, intense, and powerful.

It can cripple you or it can teach you.

I’m writing to ask you to help me share the healing power of yoga with

a community that is especially at risk: veterans.

Post-traumatic stress is an inevitable result from the conflict situations faced by the men and women who have signed up to serve our country. Untreated, it can put them at a greater risk of suicide -- 20 veterans on average take their lives every single day, according to the Veterans Administration.

I have the opportunity to offer a respite from the post-traumatic stress accumulated and compounded during the course of duty through a variety holistic tools for trauma healing. As part of my preparation for this project I have interviewed a number of veterans and asked them to share very personal accounts; several stories brought me to tears, some shocked me, and others left me vibrating from their intense anger.

VETOGA is a 501(c)(3) registered non-profit organization that was established in 2015 and has served more than 10,000 veterans in 65 cities with 85 teachers trained. They offer 200 and 300 hour trauma-informed teacher trainings.

My intention is to raise $3,500 towards the organization’s larger $50,000 goal by April 30, 2019. It’s been a while since I’ve asked my community for anything beyond support via “likes” and comments across social media platforms. By attending this training, I will be able to finally claim the title of Yoga Instructor confidently and it will allow me to reach more people than I could have without it.

Donate now to give Hope!

If you would like to know more about the organization, you may visit their website here:

If you know of a veteran, or anyone who has experienced trauma, who could use our help, please forward this message. By spreading the word, you spread hope -- or in this case, Hope!

I am incredibly grateful for your continued support of my endeavors and look forward to sharing this practice with you, very soon.

Always have,


Hope Rosemary

[email protected]

Namaste: the teacher in me acknowledges, respects, appreciates, and cherishes the teacher in you.

P.S. If you would like me to visit your city and lead a class or workshop at a studio near you please let me know so that I may add it to my travel schedule. As a full time digital nomad I have the ability to be mobile and reach communities that might not have been connected with.

Link to my 2015 #yogaeverydamndayproject:

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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