History of YCTY helping veterans
YCTY has partnered with Laura Phoenix for over 5 years to offer weekly classes at the Durham VA Hospital. Laura had started the initiative on her own two years before meeting Howie and YCTY. After reviewing the long term needs to keep the program sustained, YCTY committed to provide funding to create a teacher stipend to support Laura’s skills and passion.
From this base, YCTY ran pilot programs at the One Heart Yoga in Fuquay Varina (2016), VA Centers in Brier Creek (2017), and the Triangle region of NC (2019). We found that it is a significant challenge to recruit veterans to yoga classes. To address this, we co-sponsored a 4 month pilot with Team RWB (Red, White, Blue) a veterans’ support group in 2019 with 8 locations across the Triangle region of NC. We are now continuing this program in two locations in Wake County and one location in Johnston County. Our most recent outreach with a support group for female veterans in Garner, NC has resulted in a pilot program for women-only in Wake Forest.
We are open to bringing yoga where our service people may best receive it.
Funding for veterans yoga has been secured from Tobacco Road Marathon, Lululemon Athletica, Wake County Community Foundation, and individual donors. We are grateful to all of them.
Please contact Howie for details: Howie@youcallthisyoga.org.