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FREE YOGA FOR SERVICE MEMBERS, VETERANS, FIRST RESPONDERS, and SPOUSES

https://connectedwarriors.org/ ;

Helping the World Feel Better – One Breath at a Time.

The Connected Warriors mission is to empower Service Members, Veterans and their Families worldwide through Trauma-Conscious Yoga

Vision: To support the well being of veterans, service members, and their families in communities nationwide. Connected Warriors is a community based volunteer organization providing free, trauma-conscious yoga therapy for service members, veterans and their families in the United States.

Connected Warriors was founded in August 2011 by a group of professionals and yoga teachers in the South Florida area who, as long time practitioners themselves, know the powerfully beneficial effects of this ancient system. Connected Warriors has established a nationwide network that includes 568 Certified Yoga Teachers who volunteer their time and talents to instruct classes at local yoga studios, community veteran centers and other donated spaces. As of 2015 we offer free classes are available in 12 states and counting... We can also be found on Universities, Veteran's Centers, Veterans Medical Centers and Military Bases across the Nation. Our instructors are trained in trauma-conscious methods and beginners are always welcome!

Therapeutic yoga practices, including relaxation and meditation, are a valuable treatment component for post traumatic stress and other trauma-related psycho-emotional difficulties. Overseas deployments can affect service members, veterans and their families for years. Participants of our current classes learn how to handle stressful situations in a more relaxed manner by quieting and focusing their mind, which encourages positive thoughts and self-acceptance.

AS OF JANUARY 2019: We host over 1000 weekly classes in 19 states, 27 VA Facilities, 11 active duty military installations, 5 countries and 2 navy ships. Thank you to all of our volunteers, students, staff, donors, yoga community and sponsors we couldn't do this without you. Major milestone for Connected Warriors Serving Those Who Have Served.

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Camp Pendleton - 21 Area Fitness Center

21 Area Fitness Center (Del Mar)

Chula Vista - Namaste Fitness

Location visible to members

Welcome to Connected Warriors Yoga Class Connected Warriors is the largest community based volunteer organization providing trauma-conscious yoga therapy for service members, veterans and their families in the United States. Our primary goal is to provide a safe and secure environment with a strong emphasis on re-establishing the mind-body connection and guiding our warriors and families to healthier and more peaceful lives. Participants of our classes learn how to handle stressful situations in a more relaxed manner by quieting and focusing their mind, which encourages positive thoughts and self-acceptance. By increasing relaxation and lowering stress, participants generally feel benefits in the following areas: * Sleep longer and more deeply * Strength, flexibility, balance and focus * Heightened cardiovascular conditioning, lower blood pressure and weight management * Stronger bones, improved immune functions and increased oxygen supply to the body * Mental and physical health intervention, management of PTS and TBI symptoms * A non-pharmaceutical method to manage symptoms and relieve stress * Improvement in self-confidence, self-worth, enhanced ease and equanimity in daily life What is Yoga? Yoga is an ancient system of physical postures (asana) and movement combined with breath (pranayama) intended to bring peace of mind and well-being. Yoga postures and breathing techniques build the mind/body connection, which cultivates the connection to self, ability to observe and stay with inner thoughts and feelings, and the ability to remain present. The practice can help regain a sense of control and ownership over your body and experiences. Practicing yoga is to learn to listen to your body and make choices to take care of yourself – this is the practice of mindfulness. Trauma conscious yoga provides an opportunity to be physically in sync with others. Connected Warrior classes foster a strong sense of community shared by participants at each location. What to Expect? * Available Classes * Working In – 45 Minutes – This class involves introspection and internal awareness using gentle and restorative postures, guided visualization, breathing and meditation * Inner Strength – 60 Minutes - This is our “core” Connected Warriors class. It involves postures, meditation, and pranayama (breathing) while emphasizing the mind-body connection. * Working Out – 75 Minutes - This is a more physical yoga class that focuses on postures, which increase strength, stamina, mobility, and overall physical health * Women’s Only – 60 Minutes – This class is for female servicemembers and/or veterans that focuses on self-awareness of the physical and mental bodies through breathing, meditation and gentle postures. * Polytrauma – 60 Minutes – This class is for students with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) using breathing, postures and meditation * Wear loose comfortable clothing that allows movement * Do not eat anything heavy 2 hours prior to class. Stay hydrated before and after class * Props are available in all classes – blocks, straps, blankets and chairs

Camp Pendleton - Paige Fieldhouse

Paige Fieldhouse (Mainside)

Black Dog Yoga, Sherman Oaks

4454 Van Nuys Blvd

Welcome to Connected Warriors Yoga Class Connected Warriors is the largest community based volunteer organization providing trauma-conscious yoga therapy for service members, veterans and their families in the United States. Our primary goal is to provide a safe and secure environment with a strong emphasis on re-establishing the mind-body connection and guiding our warriors and families to healthier and more peaceful lives. Participants of our classes learn how to handle stressful situations in a more relaxed manner by quieting and focusing their mind, which encourages positive thoughts and self-acceptance. By increasing relaxation and lowering stress, participants generally feel benefits in the following areas: * Sleep longer and more deeply * Strength, flexibility, balance and focus * Heightened cardiovascular conditioning, lower blood pressure and weight management * Stronger bones, improved immune functions and increased oxygen supply to the body * Mental and physical health intervention, management of PTS and TBI symptoms * A non-pharmaceutical method to manage symptoms and relieve stress * Improvement in self-confidence, self-worth, enhanced ease and equanimity in daily life What is Yoga? Yoga is an ancient system of physical postures (asana) and movement combined with breath (pranayama) intended to bring peace of mind and well-being. Yoga postures and breathing techniques build the mind/body connection, which cultivates the connection to self, ability to observe and stay with inner thoughts and feelings, and the ability to remain present. The practice can help regain a sense of control and ownership over your body and experiences. Practicing yoga is to learn to listen to your body and make choices to take care of yourself – this is the practice of mindfulness. Trauma conscious yoga provides an opportunity to be physically in sync with others. Connected Warrior classes foster a strong sense of community shared by participants at each location. What to Expect? * Available Classes * Working In – 45 Minutes – This class involves introspection and internal awareness using gentle and restorative postures, guided visualization, breathing and meditation * Inner Strength – 60 Minutes - This is our “core” Connected Warriors class. It involves postures, meditation, and pranayama (breathing) while emphasizing the mind-body connection. * Working Out – 75 Minutes - This is a more physical yoga class that focuses on postures, which increase strength, stamina, mobility, and overall physical health * Women’s Only – 60 Minutes – This class is for female servicemembers and/or veterans that focuses on self-awareness of the physical and mental bodies through breathing, meditation and gentle postures. * Polytrauma – 60 Minutes – This class is for students with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) using breathing, postures and meditation * Wear loose comfortable clothing that allows movement * Do not eat anything heavy 2 hours prior to class. Stay hydrated before and after class * Props are available in all classes – blocks, straps, blankets and chairs

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Oceanside - Veterans Association of North County

Veterans Association of North County

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