Vision

Integrate yoga and meditation into military and civilian settings to support the health, resiliency, post-traumatic growth, and connection of service members, veterans, and their families.

WARRIOR SPIRIT

“In our most recent program evaluation, we had a 68 percent increase in resilience, and a 68 percent decrease in stress,” says Hickey. “We’re also seeing less injuries happen. We’re seeing faster injury recovery. We’re seeing reduced medication use, and overall quality of life is improving.”

Dan Arnold WAET, “The more we integrate this stuff and assure people that we’re not going to make you fold up like a pretzel, the more we just sit here and focus on our breathing, the more and more people will buy into it, because they’re going to be like, ‘Wow, this really works!’ ”

Because of his [Dan Arnold, Certified Warrior at Ease Teacher (WAET)] desire to help others in his military community, Arnold signed up for the Warriors at Ease yoga teacher training in 2018. “Ever since then, I went from getting my WAET certification, to getting certified in iRest [Yoga Nidra] meditation, to body sensing, to all these things that support your nervous system, and your overall mental health and wellness.”

WHY DO WE DO IT

Yoga and meditation are often “prescribed” in a generalized sense to enhance the wellbeing of those who practice. While some of these modalities activate the parasympathetic nervous system (rest-and-digest), others activate the sympathetic nervous system (fight-or-flight). If these practices are not facilitated by an expertly trained and certified instructor (service provider), the health, resilience, and connection of participants can be compromised. Warriors at Ease training and certification programs provide the necessary knowledge and skills to facilitate these practices in a way that is safe, relevant, and effective for the military community.

HOW WE’RE DIFFERENT

What makes Warriors at Ease different among the hundreds of yoga and meditation organizations dedicated to serving the military population? Warriors at Ease knows the long-term sustainability of access to these powerful tools lies with the service providers, our teachers. Ensuring that our Teacher Network always has the safest, most effective, and relevant educational training and a community they can turn to for support is essential. Warriors at Ease will forever remain dedicated to creating, growing, and sustaining the WAE Teacher Network as they continue to put boots on the ground serving those who serve.

MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND

Honoring all those who have given their lives in selfless service by creating sustainable access to resources that support the health, resilience, and connection of the entire military family.

POSES & PLEDGES FUNDRAISER

All funds raised go directly to our Teacher Network (training scholarships & sponsored classes) in order to support them as they support our military community!

WAE PROGRAMS

TRAIN

Level 2 training Texas 2020

Military-specific, trauma-informed, evidence-based, and adaptive yoga training and credentialing.

TEACH

Classes taught the WAE network instructors already embedded in the military community.

TRANSFORM

Tracking and evaluation designed to ensure we are meeting the needs and climate of the military.

UNIVERSITY

Supporting the transition into university and civilian life through resilience and wellbeing practices.

The Warriors at Ease Training

Why Warriors at Ease

Certified Warriors at Ease Teachers are experts in delivering the WAE techniques (evidence-based) and protocols (trauma-informed) that support the health, resilience, and connection of the entire military community.

Level 1 Training

Overview of Post Traumatic Stress (PTS), Military Sexual Trauma (MST), Moral Injury, and adaptable & accessible practices.

Level 2 Training

WAE Techniques & Protocols practical application labs and modules on Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Post Traumatic Growth (PTG), Moral Injury, the Polyvagal Theory, and Heart Rate Variability (HRV).

Veterans Talk Yoga

U.S. Army veteran and WAE Teacher Jeffrey Sargent and WAE Co-founder Robin Carnes.

Veterans don’t hold back in sharing what they think about yoga, meditation, and their experiences.

SUPPORTING PARTNERS

Supporting Partners play an essential role in supporting long-term access to essential evidence-based, trauma-informed, and accessible education and resources that support the health, resilience, and connection of the entire military community.

WARRIOR I

WARRIOR II

WARRIOR III

PREVIOUS SUPPORTING PARTNERS

  • Rolly Alvarado
  • yogaforveterans
  • Christina Finley
  • adaptiveyoga
  • veterans alternative yoga
  • Warriors at Ease Veteran's Retreat
  • Kristen Schoeffel
  • Robin Cushing
  • Annie Okerlin teaching Adaptive Yoga
  • Preston Tharp
  • Yoga Teacher Training at Kripalu
  • Yoga Teacher Training @ Sivananda Ashram
  • Yoga for Warriors
  • Warriors at Ease with vets at Manhattan College
  • yoga for warriors
  • Warriors at Ease Yoga Teacher Training in Fayetteville, NC
  • Warriors at Ease in Hawaii
  • Yoga Teacher Training in Fort Campbell / Clarksville, TN
  • Yoga Teacher Training at Sivananda Ashram

1,300+

Yoga Teachers

170,000+

Veterans & Families Served

Locations

Potential

Testimonials from Teachers & Veteran Students

I love this organization and all that it stands for. It's an honor to serve the mission together.

~ Kelsy Timas, Founder of the Guiding Wellness Institute

I hadn’t slept more than two hours in a row since Vietnam. That’s a lot of years with no sleep!  With the use of these techniques, I now sleep through the entire night.  I feel like an different person.  My blood pressure also went down from 180 over 110 to 120 over 90.  I’m telling every guy I know about meditation.

~ Willie, Vietnam Vet

I used to feel like I didn’t trust other people.  In meditation, I realized that I didn’t trust myself.  It is helping me feel more calm.  The more calm I feel, the more I see that people are trying their best.

~ Jose, Veteran

I thought that yoga was against my religious beliefs.   Now I see it is as something that deepens my understanding of my faith.

~ Tony, Enduring Freedom Vet

This is the piece that was missing from our PTSD program.  It fits with everything else they teach us, but it also teaches us a way to find our own peace without drugs or counseling that we can use once we get out of the program.

~ Martin, Vietnam Vet

This is the only hour of the week where I want to be inside my own body and mind.

~ Juan, Vietnam Veteran

Meditation makes me feel light again.  When the flashbacks would come, I silenced them with drugs and alcohol and darkness consumed my whole life… In class a few weeks ago, I realized that choosing darkness was my choice.  Now I can choose differently because I feel change is in my hands.  I have a tool of my own to deal with the flashbacks.

~ Jon, Vietnam Vet

Yoga and meditation alongside trauma-focused psychotherapy have yielded powerful clinical results. With the help of these practices, warriors are able to regain their grounding and move toward recovery and integration.

~ Captain, US Public Health Services, Clinical Psychologist, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

I LOVE Warriors at Ease teacher training, because you've showed me how I can adapt my classes to support my veteran students more effectively.  No one expects you to give up your style or the yoga lineage in which you've previously trained.

~ Hot Yoga Teacher

Yoga has given me the tools to deal with stressful situations as they arise, have more restful sleep, and feel an overall strength in mind and body.

~ John, Post 9/11 Veteran

My spouse and I had never tried yoga before and never considered it as something that could bring peace and positivity to our daily lives. After a single class, we were shocked by the healing powers that this practice bestows.

~ Post 9/11 Veteran Family

I am an active duty Marine and a yoga teacher. I love teaching to fellow Marines in my unit and seeing others' lives transformed by yoga.

~ 1st Lieutenant United States Marine Corps

I recently had a WWII vet in my yoga class, and he told me it was the first time he's really felt "at ease" in decades!

~ Warriors at Ease Teacher

This training made me think about the differences in the military and yoga cultures, which is something I had not thought about before. Learning about these differences was interesting to me, and I see how this understanding is essential to establishing relationship and credibility with military personnel.

~ Yoga & Meditation Teacher

I feel better prepared in every way, not only in working with the military but also working with the homeless, bereavement groups, and substance abuse groups.

~ Meditation Teacher

Warriors at Ease has established an inspiring model of collaboration, generosity, and excellence.

                                                                                                                          ~ Yoga & Meditation Teacher

This course was GREAT, GREAT, GREAT!  Thank you for the untold hours of love and devotion that have gone into developing your work and this class.  It was impeccably organized and packed with useful information. It was a joy to sense how lovingly your team works together.

~ Yoga Teacher

This course was very organized, provided excellent materials, was on-time, and gave me invaluable information about working with the military.  I am so glad I chose to take the course.  I would definitely recommend it to others!

~ Yoga Teacher

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