Yoga for Vets NYC was founded in 2008 and is the longest running yoga and meditation program for veterans in NYC. Created by a former Marine, the class is taught by veterans, for veterans. Our intention is to create a safe and supportive environment in which veterans can practice together. Every veteran is welcome, regardless of physical ability, age, race, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, discharge characterization or status, era of service, or other life experience.
Classes are small enough to give attention to individual students who may be dealing with specific injuries, challenges or disabilities. No prior experience with yoga or meditation is necessary, and beginners are welcome.
Veterans will receive simple instruction in four key elements of yoga practice: meditation, breathing techniques, deep relaxation, and physical poses. Modifications of poses are taught for any students with specific physical challenges. All of these aspects of yoga are designed to relax and focus the mind, relieve stress and anxiety, and increase strength and flexibility.