Best Practices for Yoga with Veterans

Editor: Carol Horton, Ph.D

Best Practices for Yoga with Veterans is a vital resource for yoga teachers, yoga service organizations, veterans and their families, veterans’ organizations, VA administrators, and anyone interested in bringing yoga and mindfulness to veterans in ways that are safe, effective, sustainable, socially equitable, and responsive to military experience and culture.

The second book in the Yoga Service Council and Omega Institute’s Yoga Service Best Practices series, Best Practices for Yoga with Veterans is the product of a unique collaborative process involving 30 contributors with expertise not only in yoga, mindfulness, and meditation, but also veterans’ affairs, military operations and culture, traditional and integrative medicine, clinical psychology, trauma therapy, social work, nonprofit management, and more.

Best Practices for Yoga with Veterans synthesizes this wealth of knowledge to produce over 100 Best Practice guidelines for teaching yoga in ways that will enable all veterans – regardless of age, gender, physical ability, or health status – to experience it as a means of supporting physical, psychological, and emotional health, well-being, and resilience.

Key topics addressed include adapting yoga to military culture, working with trauma, hiring and training yoga teachers, developing yoga programs and curriculum, understanding gender issues, and working with incarcerated veterans, in the VA, and with families of veterans.

  • “Best Practices for Yoga with Veterans is a truly remarkable resource for those teaching yoga to veterans. So much practical expertise is extraordinarily well presented. Before reading this book, I had no idea of how much I didn’t know about working with veterans and their families. Now, I see this book as a must-read for those working in the field, and as a model for best practices in other fields as well.”

    John Kepner John Kepner, Executive Director, International Association of Yoga Therapists
  • “Best Practices for Yoga with Veterans is a remarkable resource and teaching tool that extends the proven positive effects of breathing and movement to aid veterans and their families. Working with thousands of caregivers, veterans, and service members and seeing the positive impact of yoga, breathing, and mindfulness has made me a believer in this complementary therapy. I highly recommend the practice and this new resource.”

    Linda Kreter Host of Military Network Radio and Founder of VeteranCaregiver.com

Contributors

Alexandra Arbogast LICSW, RYT
Peter Banitt MD
Lilly Bechtel
Beryl Bender Birch E-RYT500/C- YT
Yael Calhoun MA, MS, E-RYT
Jessica Coulter MA, RYT
Lisa Danylchuk EdM, LMFT, E-RYT
James Fox MA
Mike Huggins E-RYT, CFT, MBA

Ben King MA CPT RYT
Olivia Kvitne E-RYT 500, YACEP
Marianne Leas
Patricia Lillis MD,MHA,MSS, E-RYT, COL MC (ret)
Suzanne Manafort
Dui Mora Turner MBA, MS, RYT, Major USAF
Annie Okerlin E-RYT
Susan Pease Banitt LCSW, RYT

Sarah Plummer Taylor MSW, RYT
Ann Richardson Stevens CYI, ERYT
Charlene Sams RYT
Audrey Schoomaker RN, BSN, E-RYT
Pamela Stokes Eggleston MS, MBA, E-RYT
Kathryn Thomas E-RYT
Ned Timbel RYT
Judy Weaver E-RYT
Alison Whitehead

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