Want to join me in making a difference? I'm raising money to benefit VEToga Inc., a veteran run non-profit organization whose mission is to provide yoga, meditation, and healing arts to active duty, veterans, their families and communities.
As many of my friends and family know, I am Captain Tina Braddock, an Active Duty Emergency Trauma Nurse in the US Army for over 7 years. While deployed to Afghanistan and Kuwait in 2017-2018, I greatly deepened my meditation and yoga practice while overseas. My daily motto became to “Find Peace in the Middle East.” Every day was a struggle so my goal was to just get through one day at a time, and some days one minute at a time. Upon returning home, I tried to continue my practice but could see how if I didn’t utilize yoga or meditate every damn day it was easy to become a victim to many of the unfortunate PTSD side effects. Being a trauma nurse, I recognized this dark hole I was falling into and have since seeked many resources but realized their is not enough out there for our troops. This fall I will officially be a veteran and needless to say I have trepidation’s. Once they take that military ID card away those few resources for mental health become slim to none.
As of 2010, 22 veterans a DAY commit suicide . This does not include active duty military. The numbers are MUCH higher today. It is proven yoga and meditation can have a direct impact on the reduction of post-traumatic stress in veterans, as well as generally increase overall mental well-being. I KNOW it works!
Please help support me and many other veterans as VETOGA is coming to O’ahu this spring! My goal is to raise at LEAST $2500. Any donation will help make an impact. Thanks in advance for your contribution to this cause that means so much to me!
Aloha & Namaste!
Learn more about VETOGA:
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.