Yoga teachers seek to aid veterans


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Local yoga instructors (from left) Nanette Brawley, Erica Menke and Ty Baker-Baumann will be offering donation-based services to military veterans as part of the Veterans Yoga Project. Three classes will be held during the week of November 4 to 13.


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GREENVILLE — Nature’s Heart Yoga of Greenville is partnering with “Veterans Yoga Project” as part of a national weeklong fundraising and awareness-raising event.

In 2015, the groundswell of support reached 400 classes and events across 39 states, attended by thousands of veterans and civilians alike, raising awareness and much needed funds to continue to provide therapeutic resources to veterans and their families.

This year, yoga teachers from across the country will be hosting donation-based classes during the week of Veterans Day, November 4 to 13, to raise money for programs that support our veterans, families, and communities in all 50 states. Nature’s Heart Yoga will be hosting three events:

  • Monday, November 7, from 1 to 2 p.m.
  • Friday, November 11, from 10 to 11 a.m.
  • Saturday, November 12, from 10 to 11 a.m.

All events will be held at the First Congregational Christian Church off of Fifth Street behind the church.

“We are proud of our community’s involvement with this national week of awareness raising,” said Erica Menke, owner of Nature’s Heart Yoga. “We are expecting a great turnout which is why we rented larger space than the studio. If you can’t make it to one of our classes, please go online and make a donation right now.”

The Veterans Yoga Project is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charity on a mission to support the mindful use of yoga therapy to aid recovery and resilience among veterans, their families and their communities.

“I’ve been doing this for a while, and in my experience nothing helps veterans with recovery and resilience more effectively than yoga and mindfulness practice,” said Dr. Daniel Libby, Executive Director of the Veterans Yoga Project. “The transformations that we’ve helped support are nothing less than miraculous. I’ve seen veterans turn resentment and anger into connection and acceptance, insomnia into deep restful sleep, [and] physical debilitating pain into easy, pain-free movement.”

Nearly 3 million men and women have served in the United States military since September 11, 2001. Approximately half of these service members are dealing with posttraumatic stress, chronic pain, depression and/or anxiety. In addition there are approximately 12 million living veterans from previous conflicts also still in the process of recovery from the wounds of war.

By providing yoga teacher training programs, practice resources for veterans, and healing retreats, Veterans Yoga Project has supported the recovery and resilience-building process of thousands of military veterans and their family members.

For further information on the local event, contact Erica Menke, Nature’s Heart Yoga, by phone at 765-426-5703, email her at naturesheartyoga@gmail.com or visit the website www.naturesheartyoga.com.

For more information on Veterans Yoga Project, check out veteransyogaproject.org or email Seva@veteransygoaproject.org.

Local yoga instructors (from left) Nanette Brawley, Erica Menke and Ty Baker-Baumann will be offering donation-based services to military veterans as part of the Veterans Yoga Project. Three classes will be held during the week of November 4 to 13.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2016/11/web1_Nature-Yoga-PRINT-1.jpgLocal yoga instructors (from left) Nanette Brawley, Erica Menke and Ty Baker-Baumann will be offering donation-based services to military veterans as part of the Veterans Yoga Project. Three classes will be held during the week of November 4 to 13. Courtesy image

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