International Yoga Training School Brings Yoga to Returning Soldiers, MASSAGE MagazineLos Angeles, CA. The largest training school to yoga and fitness instructors worldwide, YogaFit has announced a new way to give back to our veterans: YogaFit for Warriors, a 100-hour certification program designed by Air Force Veteran Shaye Molendyke, neuroscientist Dr. Stephanie Shorter and YogaFit founder Beth Shaw that prepares yoga teachers to bring safe, trauma-sensitive yoga to heal a warrior’s body, mind and spirit.

“After seeing rates of suicide climb so dramatically in the military, something just had to be done,” said Molendyke. “I knew my Yogafit family could help heal my military family.”

YogaFit for Warriors includes five two-day trainings that will equip yoga teachers to serve wounded warriors, and those who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), stress, anxiety and other mental/physical issues developed from military service, as well as family members and other loved ones who have been impacted.

“With thousands of soldiers returning home, I found it of upmost importance to develop a program specifically for them,” said Shaw. “These teachings will rejuvenate and revitalize both their body and mind when they need it most.”

Training includes the following:

  • Level 1 – A foundational yoga teacher training that educates how to safely guide students through yoga poses using transformational language while encouraging letting go of judgments, expectations and competition.
  • YogaFit for Mental Health – Highlights the somatic component of anxiety and depression while teaching breathing and meditation practices to help relax the body and mind.
  • Healing Emotional and Physical Trauma – Explores how trauma affects the brain and gets stored in the body, making yoga the perfect mind-body modality to release trauma and usher in healing.
  • YogaFit for Warriors – Focuses on PTSD, traumatic brain injury and other common issues that develop in military settings and with returning veterans.
  • Restorative Therapeutics – Teaches restorative yoga postures, breathing techniques and knowledge of other complementary techniques to soothe the fight-or-flight response.

“Yoga can help to free troubling emotions, perseverating thought patterns, and chronic somatic tension and hyper vigilance,” said Shorter, YogaFit’s Yoga Therapy Program director, who has published research studies on how yoga and meditation can alleviate anxiety. “New research is showing how yoga can reduce cortisol levels and calm the fight-or-flight response while also increasing the relaxation response.”

Donation classes are being held to support the Wounded Warriors Project at ongoing Mind Body Fitness conferences every month. Partnerships are being formed with military bases to bring the trainings directly to military families. Military spouses will be eligible to participate in YogaFit for Warriors financial assistance through MyCAA and a YogaFit scholarship program is being created. A YogaFit for Warriors DVD is currently in production.

YogaFit for Warriors trainings will be offered at Mind Body Fitness Conferences in Minneapolis, Minnesota (May 29 to June 2); Austin, Texas (Aug. 1 to 4); Atlanta, Georgia (Oct. 31 to Nov. 3); Long Island, New York (Nov. 14 to 17); and Seattle, Washington (Dec. 12 to 15).

Training hours for YogaFit for Warriors can also be applied to becoming a professional yoga therapist through YogaFit’s 800-hour Yoga Therapy Program.

About YogaFit Training Systems Worldwide

About YogaFit Training Systems Worldwide was established in 1994 and has since trained more than 100,000 yoga and fitness professionals worldwide. The leader in mind-body-fitness education, YogaFit® is the largest training school for yoga instructors in North America with further expansion ongoing internationally. YogaFit® is the American Council on Exercise’s (ACE) premier and only yoga partner. Founder and president Beth Shaw is internationally recognized as the foremost authority on yoga and fitness and has been profiled in print publications and television programs including Oprah’s O Magazine, CNN, The New York Times, USA Today, Entrepreneur and SELF.. YogaFit® is committed to community service as well as supporting animals and humanitarian causes.

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