Free Yoga : Serving Those Who Have Served

Connected Warriors is the largest community-based volunteer organization in the United States, offering FREE Trauma-Conscious Yoga Therapy to Service Members, Veterans and their Families nationwide. In communities across the country, their trained volunteer yoga instructors deliver trauma-conscious yoga therapy and other educational programs to our Nation’s Warriors.

The Military teaches our Warriors to be Present in chaos… Connected Warriors teaches our Warriors and their Families to be Present in peace. Our Free Yoga class is offered on Thursdays at 3pm and lasts one hour.

 

 

HEAR WHAT OUR WARRIOR FRIENDS HAVE TO SAY

When I first got involved in Yoga,  I was introduced in a way that was comfortable to me. No judgement and no expectations. I focused on listening and learning the poses.  All this seemed fairly easy, so I continued to attend classes and practiced to get better on my techniques and adding the breath with the movements. I started sleeping better, my mood swings were less severe and some of the old anger started to diminish.

This changed everything.  It created a new peace and space that allowed balance. I felt more calm and more in tune with myself which made me relax and I could move through the poses easier and with a lighter and more stronger feeling.

Yes, there were times, and still are, where after an hour of class I felt uncomfortable but the breath allowed me to go beyond the physical and emotional.  It let me feel the issues of mistrust, guilt, anger, isolation and depression and to see them in a way that they were no longer in control.  When faced with this, I realized I either had to learn how to deal with this or ignore them and slip back into my old comfortable numbing patterns.  I chose to go to the mat…..                                           

RBH, USMC Retired

 

What’s better than a room full of Vets and volunteers to gain peace and inner strength? For me right now, this is working for me. I am different now. I don’t walk nightly patrols. I drive safely on 95; I’m no longer a patriot missile in a Mitsubishi. I understand that the fight is over and I am no longer the center of the Universe or the one that they are all trying to kill. It has been a long journey, and I hope now that I can live the rest of my life with a smile and the most important thing …. The next breath.

My goal is stay focused on my responsibilities. I have noticed this country is returning a lot of young men that have the same look in their eyes as I did when we return home from war. Cold, dark stares, that when a vet looks another vet in the eye, they need not say anything, they both know. By the example set by Judy Weaver, her assistants, and the Connected Warrior program I can try to help another Vet, maybe two or three.  But one would be great.

Bob Conway, USMC Retired

 

I want to tell you as a pilot who flew the F-16 for nearly 20 years… your classes have done me tremendous good.  The F-16 was a punishing aircraft physically in the high G environment.  I had for a long time sore neck and back issues and numb and tingling in my hands and arms.  Since my practice with you for the last few years, I am pain free… so thank you.

​Major Stephen Mazzola, U.S. Air Force, Retired

Life has changed for the better since Yoga.  I don’t use the VA for physical therapy,  I sleep better, have learned to cope with stressful issues,  be calm in an MRI and made friends, which is hard.
Thanks for helping me Live!!

RT

 Ways to support  Connected Warrior:
 

Learn to teach, donate time and skills, donate money. Whatever you can give!

Info@ConnectedWarriors.org

954-278-3764

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