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 3,200 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

  • Improved sleep

  • Decreased pain
 
 
I started to care for myself because of yoga. After being shot in Iraq with the 3rd Battalion 12th Marines, I started to become myself again after a long time.
— M. Horne, Veteran
 

Risk Factors

125,000 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

Our Impact

1100+ veterans involved in Yoga 4 Change

  • 3 Facilities

  • 10 Classes per month

  • Program themes include self-confidence, forgiveness, expectations, gratitude, and vulnerability