FREE Yoga for for Veterans
and Active Military Service Members
Tuesdays 10:30am at Yoga in ME in Eliot, Maine
Wednesdays 1:00pm at 95 South Main St. in Rochester, New Hampshire
(Sponsored by Frisbie Memorial Hospital)
Fridays 3:00pm at Yoga in ME in Eliot, Maine
No Registration Necessary
Drop In Any Time
We suggest you check the schedule before coming to ensure there has not been a change.
Don’t Take Our Word For It.
Here’s what veterans who have been to the class have to say about Free Yoga for Veterans at Yoga in ME.
“Veterans often have hidden pains from long past situations, YOGA is that sand-bag bunker in the field of combat that allows you to go for relief and safety of a comfort zone. I guess in the civilian world YOGA is the oasis. If I have trouble sleeping at night,it’s the deep breathing that always works.” – Bob K.
“It calms my mind and brings me back to earth!” -Mark J.
“Knowing that I needed an exercise routine that would get me stretching and moving in ways that would give me a firmer body, in early June this year I was inspired by a talk you gave to my Rotary Club and attended a free Veterans Yoga session. Subsequently, I followed through with the six week Beginner’s Course and have attended regular basics sessions twice a week ever since. Yoga from the start gives me a mind/body connection that I didn’t k now would result, releasing any stress that I didn’t know I had in my life. I feel firmer and am gradually getting more flexible, though at age 73 I don’t compare to those who are younger have been more athletic in their lives. I have always power-walked several days a week and have done a rudimentary routine at the gym, but Yoga has given me more immediate relief from lingering lower back pain resulting from walking all day on the hard floors of my auction gallery and my overall musculature is firmer. I have also lost weight due to changes in diet, something I attribute to Yoga.” -Hap Moore
What Classes are Like
Mindful Yoga Therapy for Veterans begins with a breathing practice that helps connect to the breath and tune in to what’s going on in the mind and body. Students are then led through a series of postures similar to the postures seen in the pictures on this page. Classes end with a short rest followed by a short mediation.
To be Prepared for your First Yoga Class
- Wear comfortable clothing that allows for a full range of motion and be prepared to be barefoot.
- Feel free to bring your own yoga mat if you prefer but we do have mats to use during class.
- Eat only a light meal in the two hours before class begins.
- Keep an open mind as you go through the class and remember that the goal isn’t to avoid mistakes but to learn.
These practices are clinically tested and empirically informed.
Free Yoga for Veterans at Yoga in ME classes are based on Mindful Yoga Therapy (MYT), clinically tested and empirically informed 12 week protocol.
Other Free Resources
Mindful Yoga Therapy
Find free audio downloads of meditation, yoga nidra , and breathing practices at MYT web site.
Give Back Yoga Foundation
Get a copy of the Mindful Yoga Therapy for Veterans handbook and Yoga for Warriors by Beryl Bender Birch through Give Back Yoga Foundation.