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Local yoga studios to host veterans project events

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Dragonfly Yoga & Wellness Studio, Full Life Yoga Studio, and Yo’Garage Yoga are partnering with Veterans Yoga Project as part of a national weeklong fundraising and awareness-raising event.

Yoga teachers and studios across the country will be hosting donation-based classes during the week of Veterans Day, Nov. 8-15, to raise money for programs that support veterans, their families, and their communities.

The Veterans Yoga Project is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public organization dedicated to supporting the mindful use of yoga therapy to aid recovery and resilience among veterans, their families and their communities.

“I’ve been doing this for a while, and in my experience nothing helps veterans with recovery and resilience more effectively than yoga and mindfulness practice. The transformations that we’ve helped support are nothing less than miraculous. I’ve seen veterans turn resentment and anger into connection and acceptance, insomnia into deep restful sleep, physical debilitating pain into easy, pain-free movement,” said Dr. Daniel Libby, executive director of the Veterans Yoga Project.

Nearly 3 million men and women have served in the military since Sept. 11, 2001. Approximately half of these service members have reported dealing with posttraumatic stress, chronic pain, depression and/or anxiety.

In addition, there are approximately 12 million living veterans from previous conflicts also still in the process of recovery from the wounds of war. By providing yoga teacher training programs, practice resources for veterans, and healing retreats, Veterans Yoga Project has supported the recovery and resilience-building process of thousands of military veterans and their family members.

Yoga instructors Akhila Murphy of Dragonfly Yoga & Wellness Studio in Penn Valley, Marianne Reagan of Full Life Yoga Studio in Nevada City, and Skyler Meyers of Yo’Garage in North San Juan are supporters of the Veterans Yoga Project.

All three classes are for the entire community, all levels of experience, and suggested donation is $15-$25.

— From 8:30-10 a.m. Saturday at Dragonfly Yoga Studio, 17328 Penn Valley Drive, Suite D, Penn Valley, will be a community yoga class presented by Akhila Murphy. Go to http://www.pennvalleyyoga.com or call 530-432-6929.

— From 10-11:30 a.m. Nov. 14, at Yo’garage, 29085 State Highway 49, North San Juan,there will be restorative yoga presented by Skyler Myers. Go to http://www.womensavvy.org or call 530-615-7268. 

— From 10-11:30 a.m. Nov. 15, at Full Life Yoga, 204 Providence Mine Road, Ste. 112, Nevada City, will be a restorative yoga session presented by Marianne Reagan. Call 530-575-6274.

For more information, visit veteransyogaproject.org or contact VYP at info@veteransygoaproject.org.

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