Anu served as a Marine officer from 1999 – 2004. She discovered yoga in 2000 and began teaching Marines at the School of Infantry at Camp LeJeune. Anu re-discovered yoga while seeking treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and physical injuries related to her military service. She became certified as a yoga instructor by Integral Yoga Institute in 2008 and founded Yoga for Veterans NYC shortly thereafter. She was also certified in Therapeutic Yoga Training by Cheri Clampett and Arturo Peal, and continues to study yoga at Iyengar Yoga Institute. Anu is particularly fond of teaching yoga and meditation to veterans with injuries and other physical challenges and to veterans who are brand-new to yoga. Yoga has helped her manage chronic pain, release stress, and have fun. Teaching yoga is her favorite part of the week. Anu is also the Executive Director of Service Women’s Action Network.
Sarah Wolf is originally from Gary, Indiana, by way of Chicago, IL. She has lived in New York City since 2008. Sarah enlisted as a mechanic in the Army National Guard in 1994, and went “full-time” Army at Fort Hood, TX from 1998 – 2001. Sarah became interested in yoga in 2010 as a way to help ease chronic injuries from both a physical and emotional approach. With sponsorship from Service Women’s Action Network (SWAN), Sarah finished her teacher training at Integral Yoga Institute in June 2011 and has been teaching yoga to veterans ever since. The practice of yoga, meditation and mindfulness — working on breathing, posture, self-awareness, and living in the present moment — has made powerful contributions to an improved quality of life for her. Sarah is enthusiastic about sharing what she has learned with other veterans in need of relaxing and healing the mind and body. She is also pleased about incorporating yoga and meditation to reduce the harmful impacts of chronic stress on health, into her work as a nutritionist and public health professional.