Given that Yoga 4 Change was founded by an injured veteran, the challenge of service-related trauma hits close to home.
Veterans have worked, fought, and sacrificed to protect Americans and people all over the world, but one of the most difficult challenges they face is reintegrating into society. Whether they are living their post-service lives in good health or dealing with physical or emotional struggles, we provide veterans with renewed confidence in their inner strength.
Each year, our professional instructors teach more than 250 veterans to master their breathing and find healing focus in the connection between mind and body. Yoga provides the foundation for conflict management, better sleep, and decreased pain that veterans need to overcome the trauma experienced during their military service.
For military veterans, program benefits include:
Lower blood pressure
Increased feelings of self-esteem
Lower blood sugar
Increased peaceful feelings
175,000 veterans in northeast Florida
14% of the veteran population lives with PTSD
20 veterans commit suicide each day
12% of people living homeless are veterans
41.5% of female veterans experienced military sexual trauma
Nearly 40% of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans report substance abuse
Veterans are 5x more likely to use tobacco
1 out of 10 veterans was seriously injured while serving in our military
1100+ veterans involved in Yoga 4 Change
10 Classes per month
Program themes include self-confidence, forgiveness, expectations, gratitude, and vulnerability