On & Off The Mat – A Yoga Blog

by Christy DeBurton


As part of my mission to continue finding ways to “give back” (Yoga Serves and our upcoming Karma Classes are some other examples), I just recently signed The Yoga Room up as a participating location for the Yoga for Vets program.  Yoga for Vets consists of more than 500 yoga studios and gyms around the country that have committed to giving 4 free yoga classes to veterans.  Founder Paul Zipes, a yoga teacher and veteran of the US Navy, says offering free classes gives veterans a real chance to fall in love with yoga, which can give them tools to adapt peacefully to civilian life.


Nearly 1 in 5 soldiers returns home from active service suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, or both.  A recently published study shows that yoga can help service members manage stress and that it may prevent the onset of PTSD.


Veterans can find participating locations at http://yogaforvets.org/